Looking for inspiration for hiking and walking, using Bath as a base? There are lots of walks and hikes that you can download. Or check our map to find new places. You can whet your appetite and plan walks, using our virtual walking festival.
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 38 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. Somer Valley Ramblers have produced a guide for the section from Cold Ashton to Dunkerton, it is available to buy in hard copy, and they are adding it to their website in sections.
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.
The Widcombe Association has created a series of six self-guided walks in Southern Bath covering Widcombe, Lyncombe and Bear Flat. You can see all six walks, together with supporting directions, maps and information about what you can see on each walk here.
If you’re looking for walks starting in the Bathampton, Batheaston, Bathford area, then East of Bath publishes walks.
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.
To explore the Mendips beyond the Bathscape area, the AONB has produced a comprehensive set of wonderful walks.
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, self-guided walking trails and videos.
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 each September, in aid of Julian House.
Or join a local walking group, such as Bath Ramblers (or outside Bath, see the national Ramblers) and Bath Rambling Club. Or you can see our own wellbeing walking groups. For free guided tours of the city centre, the Mayor of Bath’s Guides offer daily historic walking tours which appeal to both residents and visitors.
We’d also love to hear from you about your favourite walk.