A circular walk starting from Upper Swainswick where we descend to cross the Lamb Brook valley and onto Woolley, a Thankful Village. A walk past ‘Somewhere’ with far reaching views to the East over to Little Solsbury Hill and Charmy Down takes us to Charlcombe and the Church of St. Mary’s, a 12th Century church where there is believed to be a holy well in the grounds.

Descending into Bath past Camden Crescent with its notable Elephant Head symbols of Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden. A visit to the start/end of the Cotswold Way in front of Bath Abbey then on to the Kennet and Avon Canal and Deep Lock, the second deepest lock in England.

As the walk progresses the view of Little Solsbury Hill emerges and the high spot of the walk, literally. The tranquil walk along the canal and then the River Avon brings us into Batheaston where we ascend to the site of an Iron Age hill fort on top of Little Solsbury Hill, made famous by Peter Gabriel.

The hill gives exceptional views of the city of Bath and the surrounding area as far as the Mendip Hills and Salisbury Plain.

After all those breathtaking views we return downhill back to the start with views out to Lansdown and Beckford’s Tower.

From countryside to a bustling city centre and back to hilltop views this walk does provides something for everyone.


Start Date Tuesday 14th September 2021
Start Time 10:00
Duration 5.5 hours
Distance 11 miles
Places Available 18
Meeting Point The slip road for Upper Swainswick from the A46


Start / Finish

The Lay-By, on the slip road for Upper Swainswick from the A46 [Not the one actually on the A46] just after the start of the dual carriageway going South. Grid reference ST 762683. What3Words: pill.stay.goat


The walk does involve some steep climbs which may be slippery if the ground is wet. There are some stiles.


There are toilets in Bath and Batheaston. Shops and cafes in Bath and Batheaston to stock up, or bring a picnic lunch.


This is one of the only walks in the Festival which is slightly tricky by public transport. Allow an extra 25 minute walk from the nearest bus stops.


Barry Cox and Hugh Lowe, Cotswold Voluntary Wardens

Meeting Point

The slip road for Upper Swainswick from the A46