Overview

Take a self guided walking tour through the historic city of Bath. Explore the elegant terraces, parades, crescents and squares that make this one of Britain’s finest Georgian cities.

2 - 5 nights Available on request Bath, England
Direction

Getting to Bath

By Rail/Bus – There are regular National Express coaches operating to and from the city of Bath.

There are regular trains to Bath Spa railway station.

Use the websites below to help plan your journey.

Naltional Express Coaches

The Trainline

By Car – Bath is located just ten miles from junction 18 of the M4 Motorway.  Use the website below to help plan your journey.

The AA Route Planner

By Air – There are a number of airports close to Bath including London Heathrow, Bristol and Birmingham. Use the website below to help plan your journey.

Skyscanner

For more information on getting to Bath please the VisitBath website.

Description

Hotel Category

B&Bs, Hotels and Inns (3*) or Luxury Hotels (5*).

Grade (Difficulty)

This grade of this tour is moderate.

Start Location

  • Bath

End Location

  • Bath

Daily Distance Range

  • Walking–Minimum: 6 miles / 9 km Maximum: 15 miles / 24 km

Duration (Nights)

This tour has a variety of durations from 2  nights to 6 nights.

Availability

This tour is available from January until December.

Inclusions/Exclusions
What we'll give. What we won't

What is included in the tour

  • Bed & Breakfast Accommodation
  • Fully comprehensive tour pack with colour coded routes on local maps
  • Emergency Telephone Assistance
  • Smart Phone GPS App with Routes

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Meals Except Breakfast
  • Transport to and from Bath
  • Tips
Itinerary

A: Arrival

Settle into your hotel before exploring the local area.  Shops and restaurants abound and the atmosphere from the buskers and street theatre is incredible.

B: City Trail
Set off on the Bath City Trail.  This is a winding walk around the majority of this fascinating city’s great sites with the opportunity to visit some of the buildings, museums and collections that vividly illustrate its many layers of history. Unfortunately geography rarely coincides with chronology so the story tends to jump about from time to time. The route concentrates on the heritage and only touches briefly on the main shopping areas so, if you’re looking to further exercise you’re credit cards, you will need to make some short detours.
Approx 6.4 - 10 Km (4 - 6 miles)

C: Batheaston, Solsbury Hill, Wooley, Beckfords Tower & Sion Hill
Leave Bath through Batheaston passing the fascinating facade of the house where the Woods family lived; they were largely responsible for putting the town on the map in the 18th century. Climb to the Iron Age fort on Solsbury Hill, immortalised in the song by Peter Gabriel and cross the valley of the Lam Brook through the villages of Upper Swainswick and Woolley then climb the 156 steps of Beckford Tower for the most spectacular view. Return to your accommodation through Lansdown, one of the city's finest suburbs with grand houses and excellent views, passing the Bath Museum on the way. 
Approx 12 - 15 Km (7.5 - 9.5 miles)

D: Widcombe, Bathampton Down, Claverton Manor, Monkton Combe & Prior Park 
Walk across the Downs and through the woods above Bathampton and enjoy the views across the Avon Valley. At Claverton Manor visit the American Museum in Britain and discover the varied history from across the pond. The little valley village of Monkton Combe provides a more rural aspect to this walk for you to enjoy before heading back into the city past Prior Park which is a beautifully landscaped garden that inspired Henry Fielding's bawdy novel "Tom Jones".
Approx 12, 14.5 or 16 Km (7.5, 9 or 10 miles)

E: Tucking Mill, Midford, Combe Hay & Southstoke
This area is said to offer the best walking around Bath with peaceful villages and a rich landscape of green valleys surrounded by wooded hillsides. Added to this is a wealth of industrial heritage from the 18th and 19th centuries to provide interest along with all the beautiful scenery. There are a couple of long hills and the paths are very varied with some steep sections. 
11 - 16 Km (7 - 9.75 miles)

F: Depart or extra nights

Routing

 

The routing will be as follows using the Route letters above:

The 6 day, 5 night holiday will be routed A B C D E F

The 5 day, 4 night holiday will be routed A B C D E F

The 4 day, 3 night holiday will be routed A  C D E F

The 3 day, 2 night holiday will be routed A  D E F

The 2 day, 1 night holiday will be routed A  E F

 

Important Information

Clothing

The correct clothes are important to ensure comfort during the ride. We suggest avoiding anything with seams and buttons in sensitive areas. Padded cycling shorts are a good idea. Clothing should take moisture from the body to the outside. Sweatshirts, thin pullovers and breathable jackets are ideal companions during the cooler days. Take light, waterproof jackets and trousers in case there is rain. One size helmets are provided but are not compulsory in the UK. On hot days we suggest a cap or hat and sunglasses to protect from the sun.

Highlights
What makes this tour special
  • Costume and Buildings Museum
  • The Bath Abbey
  • Boat Trips along the River Avon
  • 18th Century Aqueducts and Pumping Station
  • Iford Manor Gardens
  • Solsbury Hill
  • Beckford Tower
  • Unesco World Heritage site
  • Georgian City
  • Roman Baths
  • White Horse 
  • Wansdyke earthwork 
  • Sarcen Stones 
  • Devils Den burial chamber 
  • Roman roads 
  • Race horse gallops

Please note, not all of these will be visited on the shorter tours, if you particularly want to see something on the list please inform us at the time of booking.

Pickup point
Directions.
Bath, UK View on Map