Discover a Wild Hilltop Paradise. Just a few minutes’ walk across the river and up Lyncombe Hill from the railway station lie some ten acres of former farmland – a secret paradise behind Beechen Cliff and adjacent to Alexandra Park. This provides exceptionally beautiful views across Lyncombe Vale and out to Bath’s wooded skyline. The land was bought by the City as public open space in 1938, but for the next 80 years was let out to various tenants for the grazing of horses and other animals. From the beginning of July 2020 however the land has been managed under licence by the Friends of Lyncombe Hill Fields, a newly formed not-for-profit Community Interest Company.
In the two years since then, more than 3,000 hours of volunteer time has gone into work in support of our Mission which is to “conserve and enhance the biodiversity of the land and maintain its wild nature whilst safeguarding public access”. This has included the planting of 2,200 native saplings, of 18 varieties, and the creation of two of Britain’s first ‘Tiny Forests’.
Volunteers from the Friends group will explain the work that has been undertaken and the plans for the future.
This is a short walk, less than a mile round the site, but note that there is rough grass paths and some steep sections and some steps. The tour will take around 90 minutes.
The walk leaders are Maurice and Anita from Friends of Lyncombe Hill Fields.
Booking is essential, you can book your free place here.