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Bath is just off the A4 Bath to Bristol road, and the A36 between Bath and Warminster; 10 miles (16km) from Jct 18 on the M4. Little Solsbury Hill: Situated between the A46 and the village of Batheaston. Grid reference for the top of the hill is ST768 679.
Parking: There are no National Trust car parks on the Skyline, but there are frequent bus services from the city centre. Little Solsbury Hill: No parking at the hill, but there is a public car park in Batheaston, on London Road by the river.
The closest part of the Bath Skyline to Bath city centre is at point 1 on the Skyline map, Bathwick Fields (0.9 miles from Bath Abbey). Follow Bathwick Hill uphill until you reach a National Trust branded bus stop on your right (opposite Cleveland Walk). You will see a marker for point 1. Cross the road and follow Cleveland Walk and the yellow 'Bath Skyline' arrows to start the walk. The Bath Skyline walk follows a circular path, so you can start at multiple points around the route. Another option to reach the Bath Skyline from Bath city centre is to follow the ‘Walk to the view!’. This walk will lead you from Bath Abbey, through the city and along the Kennet and Avon Canal, and up into Bathwick Fields to join the walk at point 1 on the map. You can collect a ‘Walk to the view!’ leaflet from the Bath Ambassadors out and about in the city centre, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Little Solsbury Hill: from Bath follow the Kennet and Avon Canal east to Batheaston. From the village of Batheaston follow Solsbury Lane. Grid reference for the top of the hill is ST768 679
Bath Spa station is 0.8 miles (1.3km) from the start of the walk (point 1 on the map). Take bus U1 or U18 from Bath Bus Station/Dorchester Street (at front of train station). Alight at Cleveland Walk (on Bathwick Hill). Cross over Bathwick Hill to find the start of the walk (behind National Trust branded bus stop).
Take the U1 (Firstgroup) from the Bath bus station/Dorchester Street towards the University of Bath. Alight at Cleveland Walk (on Bathwick Hill). Cross over Bathwick Hill to bus stop and National Trust signs. Alternatively you can take the City Sightseeing Skyline tour bus to reach various points on the Bath Skyline. This route starts outside Bath Spa train station. The stops listed below may be request stops only, so you are advised to check with the driver when you board. Alight at stop 5/E – Holburne Museum, follow Pulteney Road approximately 130m south (right turn at the end of Great Pulteney Street), then follow Bathwick Hill uphill to join the walk at point 1 on the map. Alight at stop 13/M – Claverton Down Road, or 14/N – Ralph Allen School, cross the road and join the walk at point 4 (for the Woodland Play Area). Look for National Trust signage and gates between stop 13 and 14 Little Solsbury Hill: From Bath bus station take bus 3 (First group) to Batheaston (bus route to Bathford). From Batheaston you can walk up to Little Solsbury Hill.
National Cycle Network route 4 passes through Bath (long distance path from London to St. Davids). Follow cycle route to the east side of the city, where cycle route joins/ leaves the canal path. Follow canal path back towards the city (south), until you reach Bathwick Hill. Follow Bathwick Hill uphill until you reach point 1 on the Skyline map (behind National Trust branded bus stop on your right).
Bath Skyline is a one pawprint rated place. Discover spectacular views of the surrounding countryside and long walks for dogs and owners, no matter what the season. Find out more to help you enjoy your visit.
Take a look at the map of Bath Skyline to help plan your visit.
Bath Skyline Walk
A circular 6 mile walk around the Bath Skyline, through wildflower meadows, woodland and farmland, with views out over the World Heritage Site.
Walk to the view
A circular 3-mile trail from the city centre out to the Bath Skyline.
Family Discovery Trail
An accessible 2-mile circular trail around Claverton Down, along woodland paths, and through wildflower meadows. Just follow the red arrows.
Natural play area and fairy trail
A play area in the woods with magical doors for the whole family to enjoy.
There's history beneath our feet with prehistoric flints, Samian pottery, Roman coins and evidence of Roman roads and burials.
A 'green corridor' linking Batheaston and the city of Bath along the River Avon.
Little Solsbury Hill
An Iron Age hillfort on the north east of Bath with views across Bath and Batheaston.
With 500 acres of woodland and farmland in our care at the Bath Skyline, there's plenty to explore. Discover nature, wildlife and views of the historic city from this natural viewpoint.
A 6-mile circular walk, just a short stroll from Bath city centre. Enter another world in the skyline hills above Bath, through meadows and ancient woodlands to secluded valleys.
A 3 mile circular walk from Bath city centre out to the countryside of the Bath Skyline. Stunning views, hidden waterways and Georgian history await families and explorers.
Explore the Bath Skyline along miles of waymarked footpaths. There is the Walk to the view - a circular three miles from the city centre out to the countryside and back, a circular 2 miles around the Family Discovery Trail, accessible for pushchairs and wheelchairs, or the full six miles of the ever-popular Bath Skyline walk.
Discover hidden valleys, rich in limestone flowers and tranquil beech woodlands, interspersed with extensive views over Bath.
The limestone grassland slopes support a variety of plants and attract a number of butterflies, great for some spring and summer wildlife spotting.
Away from the main Bath Skyline walk, the Iron Age fort on Little Solsbury Hill offers the perfect vantage point for spectacular views over Bath. The skylark has also made its home here. Listen out for their distinctive song, a warbling of short trills, in late spring.
From springheads and stone markers to Iron Age field systems, learn about the archaeological remains found at the Bath Skyline. Find out how the area was used by the people that lived here.
Bath Skyline relies on its volunteers to help care for the land, from maintaining hedges, litter picking and supporting visitors. To find out if there are roles available, simply search 'Bath' using the link below.