Celebrate Bath’s unique landscape by taking a walk

Bathscape Landscape Partnership aims to reconnect people with the unique natural setting of Bath and the surrounding area.

Welcome to our second Walking Festival. We have opened bookings on some of the walks, with more walks to be added over the coming months.

New to Bath, want to learn new things or visiting Bath for the first time? Our walks are free and most are accessible by public transport. You’ll be met by a local guide who’ll lead the way from the city to the countryside, or back in again. We have local authors, historians and wildlife experts on hand to help you discover and delight in the heritage of Bath’s landscape and take you to the finest views of the city. Our top picks are: Three Bath Crescents; The Springs that Made Bath; Bath Skyline Walk Parts 1 and 2 (without uphill!); In Search of Lost Pleasures and Panoramas of Bath with Andrew Swift; and Lansdown Figure of Eight.

Explore your neighbourhood. However long you’ve lived in Bath, there’s always something new to find and a tale to be told, with the glorious green landscape within easy reach of the city centre. Highly recommended: In the Footsteps of the Navigators; Home Sweet Home; An Exploration of Solsbury Hill; Windy Ridge Walk with Nick Hunt and Mr B’s; Steps to Heaven; and William Beckford’s Lansdown.

Walking for Wellbeing. Being active outdoors (even a little bit more than usual) can improve your mental and physical wellbeing. Our walks are free and friendly. They are guided by someone who knows the area, its history and wildlife well. Last year, many people joined the walks on their own and discovered new places. All our walks will get you out and about, have a look for the ones that are shorter (eg the Skyline walks; Interfaith Pilgrimage) or with added interest (Home Sweet Home), but you’ll know best what you’d like to do. The Nature and Wellbeing Walk or Sydney Gardens Walk, for People with Memory Loss may also be for you.

Family Friendly. More family events are going to be added nearer the time, as well as details of some fun at Bath City Farm. Several of the walks are suitable for children – you’ll know how far they can walk, and the bat walks are designed with them in mind.

Further afield and across many fields. Join in the Somer Valley Walking Festival or take a short bus or train ride and Discover Bradford on Avon. For a real challenge, and to raise sponsorship for a good cause – try the Julian House Circuit of Bath Walk – you don’t have to do the full 20 miles.

If you’d like more information about Bathscape or are interested in getting involved, please get in touch with the Bathscape team.

Safety

Walk leaders have planned and risk assessed walks with due regard to the comfort and safety of walkers, but participation is at your own risk.

Please do not walk if you feel unwell. Alert the walk leader if you have a specific health condition and advise them of medication you are carrying. If you have health concerns check with your doctor before taking part.

Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Please ensure that you have an ICE (in case of emergency) contact number that can be accessed from the locked screen of your smartphone, or if you don’t have a smart phone, then please carry a number with you.

 

Other notes

Bathscape has endeavoured to supply full and accurate information, however it cannot be held responsible for any inaccuracies or inconvenience this may cause. In particular, public transport information has been checked, but is liable to change, so please check arrangements before travelling.

When you book, we will ask for contact details so we can alert you to any changes to the published programme or cancellations due to weather.

Please be aware that we may take photographs, which might be used in social media and to publicise future walking festivals.  If you would rather not appear, please let the walk leader know at the start of the walk.

 

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