Bath Skyline walk
Savour the magnificent views down into the picturesque World Heritage City of Bath on our most popular walking trail.
Spectacular views of Bath City, Mendips and beyond
Walk through history from an Iron Age hill fort to 18th-century follies and stroll through hidden valleys, woodlands and patchworks of small meadows, all rich in wildlife. This walk burns as much energy as playing 90 minutes of football, according to research. Stop off at the American Museum at Claverton Down and enjoy a free cookie and coffee with your admission fee when you present your printed Skyline map.
Bathwick Hill, grid ref: ST760647
Standing on Bathwick Hill with your back to Cleveland Walk , take the wide path past a bus-stop between houses. Go through kissing gate into a field and bear left diagonally across keeping view of Bath to your right. Through next kissing gate, follow along fence 75m, through another kissing gate into Richens orchard. Exit orchard through a kissing gate and bear right over field and down slope to kissing gate. Go through, downhill with sharp right, steps and path down to kissing gate by a lane. Cross lane and through next kissing gate into field.
Stop and enjoy the spectacular views over the Georgian city of Bath and as far across as the Mendips.
Climb hill with Nuttery on your right and wooden steps near top. Go through kissing gate, bear diagonally left uphill across next field towards large Georgian terraced houses (Macaulay buildings). Exit through kissing gate onto road (Widcombe Hill), turn left uphill (do not go along Prospect Rd). After last house cross road (cross with care), enter path next to a utility building uphill of side road, and follow steeply uphill through woods. At kissing gate A turn right and follow flat path (and cycle track) with field to left to gap in wall. 100m across next field, take path bearing right away from cycle track. Enter trees, cross a junction of tracks and follow steps downhill with railings on right. At bottom of steps bear left along path with views, keeping railings on your right.
Go through stone pillars and bear left uphill through trees to playing fields. Walk round perimeter with fence on your left until cycle track is reached. Go across junction of paths, through a wooden gate into woodland. Keep straight on and cross private drive, and keep on through more woodland, with fields on left, until gap in stone wall. Follow path past woodland play area and finally arrive at houses at woodland edge.
Prior Park Landscape Garden
See a beautiful and intimate landscape garden with Palladian Bridge; one of only four in the world. Prior Park was once owned by 18th-century entrepreneur, Ralph Allen, who also owned much of the Bath Skyline. Discover the newly restored wilderness with cascade and serpentine lake (ST760631).
Turn left and follow path along field edge. Go past wooden gate on left, and continue with stone wall on right and fence on left for 300 metres. At main road, (Claverton Down Rd) turn left after 20 metres, cross road at footpath sign and go down narrow footpath between houses. Go straight on at playing fields, keeping boundary with Bath Cats and Dogs home to left.
Turn right onto lane (The Avenue) and after 30m turn left over stone stile in wall. After 10m turn right at crossing path, go through wooden gate, then left onto track. (Optional detour: Turn right here for the American Museum in Britain, free coffee and cookie with admission fee) To continue Skyline walk: Follow to first corner of field, go through kissing gate and go ahead across field, keeping fence then stone wall to your left. At corner, where field and woodland meet, go through kissing gate in wall and go straight up very large field with trees in, keeping woodland edge to your right.
At end of field go through kissing gate and enter Bathampton Woods. At first fork keep straight on and keep to main trail through woods. At junction of steep cross path, keep going on main trail, maintaining height through dips and bends, until a stile is reached at woodland edge.
Leave woods over stile onto open pasture and go straight on, bearing left slightly uphill then keep level across open ground with golf course uphill to left and woodland downhill to right. Head towards the right of the radio masts. As you approach the masts, the woodland gets closer on right, and you join a track just to the right of the masts. Follow track to second kissing gate on right, down into steep woodland. Path drops down very steeply through trees, then bears left just before a wire fence. Continue on path, past a kissing gate on right, winding through trees, go up a short flight of wooden steps to view point with bench.
Here, you may make a short detour to Sham Castle; go past bench, cross lane (Golf Course Rd) and head uphill into woods just before Bath Golf Club stone pillars. Then, return to route, recross lane and go through kissing gate on right of stone pillars. Follow path with wooden steps steeply downhill across pasture towards a road (North Rd). Alternatively, for a shorter level walk, continue from Sham Castle and follow path, keeping plantation on left, across field to stile. Cross bridge into Bath University campus and continue along track. Go through Uni car park and at end turn right onto private road. Carry straight to Bathwick Hill, opposite side road (Copseland). Cross road and walk along Copseland to Widcombe Hill. Cross road and follow straight ahead along cycle path. Continue along path to kissing gate on right. Re-join route at A. ￼￼￼￼￼
An 18th-century folly commissioned by Ralph Allen to provide employment for local stonemasons and to improve the view from his home in Lilliput Alley.
At bottom of wooden steps go through kissing gate, down short concrete steps onto road (North Rd; cross with care) and turn right along pavement. After 100m take footpath on left down a short flight of wooden steps, between a field and a large garden and follow downhill to emerge onto a road with large houses (Cleveland Walk). Turn left along pavement to Bathwick Hill and return to the start of the walk.
We've found that, on average, people burned 735 calories (kcal) during this walk - almost enough to meet the minimum amount of physical activity that the government recommends that people perform each week.
Energy mapping this walk
We’ve been working with the University of Bath on a unique project to generate an ‘energy map’ of this walk. We found that, on average, people burned 735 calories (kcal) during the walk - almost enough to meet the minimum amount of physical activity that the Government recommends that people perform each week. Through a survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/bathskylinewalk we’re asking people whether they find this information useful, and whether it is worth us looking at doing this for other places.
Bathwick Hill, grid ref: ST760647
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