The Pools sit quietly on the banks of the River Avon in a secluded spot that once defined Georgian Bath as the destination for leisure and wellness.

Today the site is relatively unknown (and notoriously tricky to find!) but with restoration work nearly complete on a brand new swimming facility for all to enjoy, it’s time to unlock one of Bath’s hidden gems. During construction, volunteers at Cleveland Pools Trust put together these two self-guided walks exploring the history of the surrounding area and taking you to the Pools.

Both walks will keep the whole family entertained.

The longer, 3 mile, route starts and finishes at Laura Place, but you can start your journey anywhere along the route.  Take in lots of historic landmarks and public parks, with information and activities to keep you entertained. You can download a copy of the walk here – Cleveland Pools Longer Trail

The shorter route winds through the lesser-known Bathwick backwaters taking in Great Pulteney Street and the Kennet and Avon canal to reach the historic site of Cleveland Pools.  Download a copy of the walk here – Cleveland Pools Trail 

Please note, if you want access to the Pools or have a swim – please check for special events and book on those. Due to some ongoing work during the rest of 2022 the Pools, once opened, won’t immediately be open to the public every day. Find out more about progress here.

Read all about the history of the Pools and the campaign to get them restored here Restoring Cleveland Pools. You can see more articles like this at Bathscape In Depth.