Walk to the View!

Walking trail

What are you doing in the next 1½ hours? Our short walk has stunning views, hidden waterways and Georgian history – all in a short walk that you can fit into a busy itinerary.

Walk with the Georgians

Attending balls, ‘taking the waters’, visiting neighbours – in the 18th century, Bath was at its most fashionable. The men and women of high society often felt the need to escape the hectic demands of the city to ‘take the air’ in the pleasure of its tranquil surroundings. When the Georgian story began, Bath consisted of a couple of hundred houses and was still largely confined within its medieval city walls (see illustration below) but over the next 100 years it was transformed. Today you can follow in the footsteps of the Georgians – through grand streets, public gardens, along the canal and on to the meadows of Bathwick Fields where you will be rewarded with a stunning view back to the city. Take in the vistas that revived the spirits of Jane Austen and her companions. This harmony of countryside and city has been recognised today by Bath’s designation as a World Heritage Site.

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Bath Abbey, Kingston Parade


From Bath Abbey, Kingston Parade, turn left into York St. Turn left at the end of York St, then soon after turn right over two pedestrian crossings to the stone balustrade above Parade Gardens.

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Turn L along Grand Parade then R over Pulteney Bridge.

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Continue straight on to the end of Great Pulteney Street. Cross the main road at the pedestrian crossings into Sydney Place with the Holburne Museum (Georgian art collection and pavilion style café, admission applies) on your L and in 40 m turn L into Sydney Gardens. Note: during museum opening times, you can enter Sydney Gardens through the museum grounds.

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Follow the tarmac path towards a stone ‘temple’ to meet a wide tarmac path and turn R, over railway bridge. Immediately before the next bridge (canal) turn R beneath a large plane tree and after 10 m go through a white iron gateway on the L onto the canal towpath and turn R. Follow the towpath through the tunnel, up a ramp to cross the canal (on L see Cleveland House, the former canal HQ built over the water) and turn R to continue on towpath. At the boat basin go up cobbled ramp and cross road (Bathwick Hill). Turn R, over bridge then sharp L by supermarket, down steep steps to continue R along towpath.

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At lock 13 cross canal footbridge, then go up slope / steps to Sydney Buildings. Cross the road, walk up two flights of steps and continue 300 m on the path beside Bathwick Fields past two KGs until you reach the end of the black railings and a wooden bench in the field on your R and a magnificent view to reward your efforts!

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Just past the end of the field turn R down narrow footpath with hedge on R. Kennet and Avon Canal, Bath Pass gateway on the R; shortly after, turn R over small footbridge and stile in hedgerow.

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Walk straight across field and through two KGs in close succession (into and out of Richens Orchard). After second KG turn L keeping field boundary on L and then go through KG adjacent to wide gateway.

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From the gateway continue straight ahead for 90 m to a dip in the field, and then L downhill to KG, onto Sydney Buildings road and turn R. Shortly after turn L retracing route back to canal tow path and turn R, (or, for Pump Shed refreshments turn L for 140 m). After 80 m turn L onto footpath going downhill. Continue straight, past end of cul-de-sac, until reaching Pulteney Road beneath railway bridge. Cross straight over at pedestrian crossing onto North Parade

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Continue along North Parade until the junction with Pierrepoint Street. Cross straight over onto Terrace Walk and shortly after turn L into York Street, which leads you back to Bath Abbey. Please share your walk highlights with us @NTBathSkyline.


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Contact us

Any problems, call us on 01225 833977, or email bathskyline@nationaltrust.org.uk

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How to get here

Bath Abbey, Bath BA1 1LT
By train

Bath Spa railway station .5m

By road

Park at any of the city centre car parks to walk to Bath Abbey.

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Facilities and access

  • Mainly flat, surfaced paths
  • One ascent at Bathwick Hill, across field
  • Refreshments available at the Holburne museum Garden Cafe.