With its rich history and heritage, unique geology and wildlife, the Bathscape area is one of the most idyllic rural environments to learn about. The beautiful natural landscape surrounding Bath is intertwined with the city and its people. We bring you the opportunities to find out more.

How the landscape was formed from the limestone and waters beneath. How it supports such a richness and diversity in wildlife. How it has been settled and used for more than 6,000 years. How the landscape shaped Bath, as a spa town and place of wellbeing. How it inspired artists and industrialists. There’s so much to learn.

Study our map and you’ll see how easy it is to access the Bathscape area, and just how much there is for you to discover in this simply stunning countryside. Through learning resources, guided walks, nature watching and other events, you can find out a whole lot more about this unique and beautiful area.

And because the Bathscape Scheme’s ambitious restoration and conservation work depends on a team of 800 local volunteers, we also provide training opportunities to learn a range of new skills connected with the landscape. If you’d like to join our volunteers please get in touch via our volunteering page.

To find out more, sign up for our newsletter, call us on 01225 477 265 or email info@bathscape.co.uk.

Bathscape in depth

Our team of volunteers have been writing articles about different aspects of the Bathscape area, its wildlife and heritage. We are extremely grateful to them.  We hope you enjoy reading them, and if you’d like to contribute one, please get in touch. We would also love to hear your feedback.

Architecture and history

The Story of Ralph Allen’s Estate at Prior Park in Bath (Robin Dixon)
To see all of Bath and for all Bath to see: Ralph Allen’s House and Gardens at Prior Park  (Robin Dixon)
Newton Park (Anon)
A Tale of Two Manors: How Bath City Farm Reflects the History of Twerton  (Kirsten Elliot)
The Royal Crescent Lawn and The Royal Crescent Ha-Ha (Stephen Little)

Social history

Suffragettes in Bath (Anne Twitchett)
Sydney Gardens Peace Oak (Sue Palmer & Ann Cullis)
Emperor Haile Selassie in Bath and Reflections on the Exile Years  (Keith Bowers & Esther Sellassie Antohin)
Workhouse to Hospital: A brief account of the Odd Down site of Bath Workhouse (John Payne)

Wildlife

Bats of the Bathscape (Dan Merrett)
Bathscape Squirrels (Dan Merrett)
Trees of Royal Victoria Park and Bath Botanical Gardens (Antonia Johnson)

 

Landscape and the Arts

Bath and the Picturesque (Andrew Swift)
Bath in Literature (Sabine Purshouse)

Geology and landscape

The Landscape of Bath (Rebecca Brooks)
The Hot Springs of Bath (Rebecca Brooks)

 

Personal responses to the landscape

From Bright Lights to Starry Skies (Deborah Griffin)
Cherry Blossom and the Queen Bumblebee (Indianna Rivers – a children’s story)

 

Other learning resources

We are very grateful to the filmaker Dr Shawn Sobers for allowing us to share the video of his 2018 talk for the Museum of Bath at Work about Bath’s connection to the transatlantic slave trade.

Local illustrator and artist Marian Hill is developing a wonderful project about beetles, Buzz and Scuttle. We are delighted to be able to share Marian’s resources.  This simple minibeast identification guide and a poster explaining metamorphosis.  These are brought together in a booklet to help you run a mini-beast hunt.  Please also visit Marian’s website, or follow her on twitter.

As part of the Bathscape Walking Festival, we have also had some short films made by volunteers and staff, which we hope you’ll find interesting: the wildlife at Bath City Farm, by Mike Williams; a guided tour of Lansdown Cemetery (the grounds of Beckford’s Tower) with Amy Frost; and the bats of Bathscape.

Ask a Relative‘ – we would love you to encourage children to talk to older relatives/family friends about what their childhood was like in Bath. Full information here.

 

 

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