The second walk celebrating the life and work of John Wood and his son, architects of Bath’s most iconic buildings (the other is on Monday 16th September).  The walk is in the glorious countryside of the Lam Valley on the northern edge of Bath, and includes three historic churches: St Mary’s Swainswick, where John Wood and his family are buried; All Saints Woolley, designed by John Wood the Younger; and St Mary Magdalene Langridge – nothing at all to do with John Wood, but it makes a lovely circular walk!

This walk is part of a project to create a new walking trail of Bath celebrating the work of the Woods in association with the Museum of Bath Architecture and Bath World Heritage Site Enhancement Fund.  There will be stops at all three Churches.

Start Date Saturday 21st September 2019
Start Time 13:00
Duration 3 hours
Distance 3 miles
Places Available 20
Meeting Point St Mary the Virgin Church, Upper Swainswick, BA1 8DA


Start / Finish

St. Mary The Virgin Church, Upper Swainswick.

There is a small carpark by the Church, and plenty of parking available at the top end of the village by the main road.


The walk will involve walking through fields accessed through stiles, steep hills and quiet country lanes.


A loo is available at St. Mary’s Upper Swainswick, but there are no other toilets during the walk.
The nearest bus stop is at the Bladud’s Head Larkhall, just over a mile away. Transport can be arranged from the bus stop if needed. We will put you in touch with the walk leader.
There will be tea and cake at Swainswick church at the end of the walk.


Whilst dogs are welcome, please note that there will be livestock in fields.


Tim Stuckes and Helen Roberts.

Meeting Point

St Mary the Virgin Church, Upper Swainswick, BA1 8DA