Our 20 mile circular route encompasses beautiful countryside and spectacular views across the city of Bath. The mixed terrain of footpaths, roadway, flat fields through to hills (this is Bath!) will also take you through its very quaint surrounding villages including Upper Swainswick, Woolley, Monkton Combe and South Stoke.
Whilst the full route is 20 miles (32km), it is broken up into five sections allowing you to choose a shorter walk if you prefer. Whichever distance, or direction you choose, you will be able to enjoy the stunning scenery and unique views of Bath. You will also be able to discover little known snippets of history of the route
Part of the route, between the Canal Visitors Centre and The Bathampton Mill, is buggy friendly and the whole route is family and dog friendly making it the perfect day out whilst raising valuable funds.
The route directions will be given to you at your start point.
Start / Checkpoints
The checkpoints will be open from 07:30 – 18:30. Upon registering you’ll be asked which time slot you’d ideally like to start in and from which check point. If you are planning to do the full 20 miles we advise an early start. Upon signing up we ask you how many miles you hope to achieve.
Your route directions will be given to you at your start check point. As you complete each section, your route map will be stamped by our volunteers at the checkpoints so you can prove to your sponsors how many miles you have achieved.
Free parking is available at all checkpoints, aside from Bathampton Mill and Limpley Stoke Canal Visitor Centre where there is limited pay and display spaces.
If you prefer not to walk the full 20 miles, a free shuttle bus service will operate between the checkpoints allowing you to get back to your start point. A timetable for this service will be issued before the walk.
What COVID measures will be in place?
We will constantly be monitoring the government guidelines and adjusting the measures in place to keep everyone safe. At present, we have introduced staggered start times, you’ll need to request a time slot to start on registering, social distancing measures, hand sanitizer and hygiene measures at all checkpoints. Upon registering, we ask you to wear a mask and to stick to your social bubble group of 6 people maximum during the event.
Can I sign up on the day?
No- due to Covid-19 we are asking all participants to pre-buy their tickets. There will be no entries on the day.
How long will it take me to walk 20 miles?
It depends on your walking speed. On average it takes around 7-8 hours, however in the past some walkers have finished by 3pm, others after 6pm. We’d recommend a couple shorter practise walks to determine your walking speed.
What if I don’t finish before the checkpoints end?
Although the official closing time of the checkpoints is 18:3O, the volunteers at our checkpoints will be packing up for a while and most will stay until 18:00. Should you arrive at the checkpoint after the volunteers have left and need a sticker and / or medal, please contact us and will arrange for these to be sent to you.
What if I need to change my planned start point?
We ask you to nominate your start point so that we can plan what resources are needed for each checkpoint (number of volunteers, route instructions, medals etc). You can change your mind at any time but we would ask that you let the organisers know by contacting us here.
Which route is best for families with young children?
The canal path between Bathampton and Limpley stoke is buggy friendly. All routes suitable for families (without buggies) depending on fitness.
Can I run the route?
You are welcome to run the route but ask that you are considerate to walkers, especially along the canal towpaths.
Is there parking at the checkpoints?
Parking is free at King Edwards Sports Pavilion (closes 18:30) and Newbridge and Odd Down park and Rides. Limpley Stoke and Bathampton Mill charge for parking, however, drop off and collection is allowed.
Which is my nearest start point if I’m travelling in from outside Bath?
Depending on which way you are coming into travelling into Bath, the following should help you find the checkpoint closest to you;
From North of Bath use the checkpoint at Kingswood Upper Sports Pavilion, Lansdown BA1 9BH
From East of Bath use the checkpoint at Bathampton Mill, BA2 6TS
From South of Bath use the checkpoint at Saint Gregory’s Sixth Form Building, Odd Down, BA2 8PA
From West of Bath use the checkpoint at Newbridge Park & Ride, BA1 3NB
From Bradford on Avon/ Trowbridge the checkpoint at Canal Visitor Centre, Limpley Stoke, BA2 7JD is the closest
How often do the shuttle-buses run?
A copy of the shuttle bus timetable will be emailed to you and uploaded to our website closer to the event, allowing you to plan your day.
How can I raise sponsorship?
The easiest way to collect sponsorship is by setting up a Just Giving page. After you’ve set up your page, it’s time to start promoting your challenge to family/friends/colleagues and potential sponsors. See our fundraising tips which offers advise on how to do this. Contact your local press, make a video appeal for your social media or start ringing around – all great ways to promote and maximise your sponsorship for Julian House.
Alternatively, you can collect sponsorship via our Paper Sponsorship Forms, please contact us for this.
What do I do with my sponsorship money?
Money raised via an online fundraising page comes directly to us. So, there’s no need to do anything. Any money raised offline can be sent with your sponsorship form to Julian House, 55 New King Street, Bath, BA1 2BN. Alternatively you can do a direct bank transfer. Please contact us for our bank details.
Is water available at all the checkpoint?
Water re-fills are available free of charge at every checkpoint however we advise bringing your own full water bottle. Some checkpoints may have extra facilities such as teas and coffees (we will let you know about these closer to the event).
Are the route directions available before the event?
The route directions are printed on waterproof paper. Due to the fact, we check the route as close to the event as possible, unfortunately there isn’t time to post instructions out to participants.
Which checkpoint should I start at and should I walk clock-wise or anti-clockwise?
This decision is entirely up to you. The section from Newbridge to Lansdown is quite steep and some prefer to do this at the beginning of the walk. However, it may help you decide if you plan where you’d like to stop for lunch. Both directions have equally spectacular views.
I can’t take part; can I volunteer instead?
The success of the Circuit of Bath Walk relies heavily on the amazing support from our volunteers on the day and leading up to it. If you’d like to help, please contact us.
Can I bring my dog?
Dogs are very welcome on the walk and thoroughly love it! (They must be kept on leads a all times). There will be dog water bowls and dog treats at each checkpoint to keep them going.
Is my dog allowed on the shuttle-bus?
Yes, but must be kept on a lead and not on the seats.
I can’t make the date but would still like to do the walk?
As some of the walk is on private land, which we’ve been given special access to on that day, walking the entire route may not be possible. But please contact us and we’ll help you find alternatives.
Likewise, you could join the virtual Circuit of Bath and complete your walk, your way, on any day! Set yourself your own 20 mile route, track it on Strava and raise sponsorship to help support men and women in our care. Contact us to help you set this up.
Are there toilets available on route?
There are toilets available at the checkpoints. Most are free to use, however, at Bathampton Mill they are in the pub and will be at the discretion of the manager and at Newbridge Park and Ride they cost 20p to access.