Starting at Batheaston car park, the walk explored a tree-lined riverside path, passing old mills and the site of a long-abandoned ferry, before heading up through Bailbrook to enjoy a view described in the 18th century as ‘a most pleasing prospect of a rich vale, washed by the river Avon, and bounded by romantic towering hills’.  So celebrated was this area, in fact, that it became known as ‘Arno’s Vale’, because of its resemblance to the scenery around Florence.  After comparing 18th descriptions of the scene with the view today, we headed back through fields to Batheaston.

This walk was led by Andrew Swift and was based on part of a walk to be featured in his new book of Country Walks from Bath published in 2017.