Join lecturers from Wildlife Conservation and Human Biology degrees at Bath Spa University as they take you on a tour of the green spaces.

This walk will take in the grounds of Bath Spa University’s Newton Park campus, stopping as we go to highlight the many forms of wildlife present and the conservation efforts in place to protect several endangered species, including great crested newts and lesser horseshoe bats. We will also look at several aspects of our interaction with nature and how these can improve our mental and physical health.

Bath Spa university’s Newton Park campus can trace its origins back to the 14th Century. It was originally laid out on land containing the keep and gateway of St Loe’s Castle, a fortified medieval manor house. In the 18th Century Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown was commissioned to improve the grounds and much of what can be seen today is a result of his vision.

Much of the walk will take place around the upper lake. This lake is encircled by a gravel walkway and is ornamented with specimen trees and shrubs, a Garden Temple, boathouse, walled Italian garden, gatehouse and the Castle Keep where this walk will begin and end.

Start Date Friday 17th September 2021
Start Time 10:30
Duration 1.5 hours
Distance 2 miles
Places Available 10
Meeting Point Newton St Loe campus, Castle Keep

Details

Start / Finish

Newton St Loe Campus - Castle Keep
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Terrain

Mainly paved pathways, with some grassy paths and some steeper sections
Regular benches and resting points throughout

Facilities

Public transport from city centre and parking on site

Leader(s)

Dr Matt Baker and colleagues