Looking for inspiration for hiking and walking, using Bath as a base? We are developing some new walking trails, but in the meantime, there are lots of walks and hikes that you can download. Or check our map to find new places.
Cotswold AONB has self-guided walks in all parts of its 790 square miles. There is map for you to pick your location, and descriptions to download. The ones in the Bathscape area are Little Solsbury Hill – Chilcombe Bottom; Lansdown to the city centre; and Dundas Walks on Wheels. You can also explore the 100 mile Cotswold Way – a National Trail between Bath and Chipping Camden.
The National Trust’s popular Skyline walk provides 6 miles of views. Or you can do the shorter 3 mile Walk to the View, and the Family Woodland Activity Trail.
Interested in nature? Bath Natural History Society has two walks, complete with what wildlife you might see. One around Bathampton Down, and one from Bathwick to Batheaston.
Find out how to explore Avon Wildlife Trust’s nature reserves in the area.
If you’d like a closer look at the Kennet & Avon Canal and the River Avon, there is a Riverside Heritage Walk covering the section between Newbridge and Windsor Bridge, and the River Avon Trail. The Riverside Heritage Walks series also covers Saltford and Keynsham to Hanham.
Taking Dundas Aqueduct as its starting point, Colliers Way takes you out on disused railway lines and quiet lanes from Bath to Frome via Radstock. Sustrans has produced a useful guide to the 18 mile route.
There is a useful guide to what you’ll see along and beside the popular Bristol to Bath Railway Path.
The Somersetshire Coal Canal is great to explore, combining industrial heritage with beautiful green valleys from Paulton to Dundas.
The Limestone Link is a 36 mile route which links the Cotswold Way at Cold Ashton, north of the Bath, to the West Mendip Way at Shipham. Mendip AONB has produced a walking guide to the section from Combe Hay to Shipham. To explore the Mendips beyond the Bathscape area, the AONB has produced a comprehensive set of wonderful walks.
Nigel Vile, who has produced many books on walking in the Bath and Bristol area and columns in the Bath Chronicle, posts regular walks with maps and descriptions on his Facebook page (vilewalks). Some of Nigel’s walks are still available online, they are all within easy reach of the Bathscape area, including Wellow, Monkton Farleigh, Priston and Box.
For shorter strolls around the parks, towns and villages across Bath & NE Somerset, the Council’s website has lots of ideas and information about the wonderful parks.
In the Somer Valley Rediscovered area, there are some really good heritage trails – try Timsbury Heritage Trail (or Timsbury general walks), Westfield Heritage Trail and Radstock Town Council walks.
Keynsham & Saltford Local History Group has produced four walking trails.
In the Chew area, here is an older leaflet describing the lovely Three Peaks Walk and a guide to the Chew Valley Lake. The Two Rivers Trail takes in the Chew and Yeo rivers between Congresbury and Keynsham.
Bradford on Avon Walkers are Welcome have produced a really helpful guide to walking in the area, just east of Bath.
If you want to buy books about walking in the area there is a good selection to choose from. Nigel Vile has written books about walking in Bath and Bristol including pub routes and walking with dogs and children. The Pathfinder series includes many from the area. Callum Christie has written ‘Walks around Bathampton’. All are still available.
For a comprehensive set of books about walking in Bath, the historic and literary context, industrial and pub heritage, Andrew Swift and Kirsten Elliott have written fourteen, available here.
Look out for the annual Bathscape Walking Festival each September, the website includes previous walks.
You can set yourself a challenge to increase the amount you walk and keep motivated to walk further by joining the Circuit of Bath walk on 27th September, in aid of Julian House.
Or join a local walking group, such as Ramblers and Bath Rambling Club. Most activities are currently suspended, but it’s a good time to get in touch with the groups and find out more.
If you need a bit of additional support, or want to walk shorter distances, then keep an eye on Walking for Health, for when the groups are up and running again. There are normally walks in Twerton, central Bath and Timsbury.
We’d also love to hear from you about your favourite walk.