This is a beautiful up and down walk. You will learn about the rocks of Jurassic age that underlie this land. We will travel through fields, along and across ancient routeways and past buildings all of which have changed their function many times over the 7,000 years since Mesolithic people chipped flints on the top of Kelston Round Hill. The different ways in which this landscape has been used for economic activity over that time will be explained and we will see how, as in many other parts of Britain, people have moved progressively downhill, with most now living in the towns and cities of the valley.

The walk is circular and about 6 miles long. It should take about three hours. The first section is easy then there is a steep climb up onto the top of the Cotswold Hills, which is not difficult but will make an average person puff. After crossing the flat top of the hills, there is a moderately steep descent down the Cotswold Escarpment through North Stoke village, not difficult but hard on ancient knees. Then the last stretch back to Saltford is easier. And we can visit the Bird in Hand pub for refreshments afterwards.

Fully booked
Start Date Wednesday 15th September 2021
Start Time 10:00
Duration 3.5 hours
Distance 6 miles
Places Available 15
Meeting Point Shallows Car Park, Saltford, BS31 3EX


Start / Finish

The Shallows Public Car Park, Saltford, BS31 3EX
X39 will drop people from Bath at The Shallows bus stop, from which you cross the A4


Some steep sections up and down, as detailed above. The walk includes steps, kissing gates and stiles.


Dogs welcome, if on a lead.


Shops in Saltford. Refreshments and loos at the Bird in Hand pub at the end of the walk.


Dick Bateman Convenor for Geography and Adventure at Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution

Meeting Point

Shallows Car Park, Saltford, BS31 3EX