Walk Details

Route

The circular route around the outskirts of the city has been carefully selected so that you can enjoy the beautiful countryside and spectacular views across Bath. In outline it takes in Upper Swainswick, Solsbury Hill, Bathampton, Monkton Combe, Southstoke, Englishcombe, Newton St Loe, Newbridge & Lansdown.

The terrain is mixed – well used paths/public rights of way, limited sections of roadway, flat fields through to hills – well, this is Bath! Part of the route, between the Canal Visitors Centre and The Bathampton Mill, is buggy friendly.

The 5 checkpoints are listed below along with approx. distances & timings from and to the next checkpoint.

Whilst the full circular route is 20 miles (32km), it is broken up into five sections allowing you to choose a shorter walk if you prefer. Detailed route instructions will be given out at any one of the 5 checkpoints on the day. These will be available for both clockwise and anticlockwise directions, allowing you to choose which direction you walk in.

If you prefer not to walk the full 20 miles, a shuttle bus service will operate between the checkpoints allowing you to get back to your start point; making it easy to plan a walk to suit you and your group.

A timetable for this service will be issued before the walk.

#Starting checkpointDistance/Approx. timeEnding checkpoint
1Kingswood Upper Sports Pavilion, BA1 9BH7.5km (4.6m) – 2.5 hoursBathampton Mill
2Bathampton Mill, BA2 6TS6.5km (4.1m) – 1.25 hoursCanal Centre, Limpley Stoke
3Canal Visitor Centre, Limpley Stoke, BA2 7JD (pay and display parking)6.5km (4.1m) – 2.25 hoursSaint Gregory’s Sixth Form Building
4Saint Gregory’s Sixth Form Building, Odd Down, BA2 8PA 8.1km (5.1m) – 2.25 hoursNewbridge Park & Ride
5Newbridge Park & Ride, BA1 3NB4km (2.5m) – 1 hourKingswood Upper Sports Pavilion

Please note, the above are clockwise directions.

On the Day Information

If you are intending to complete the whole route we do suggest that you start at 8am.

The most convenient places to buy lunch are;

Bathampton Mill, Bathampton

Angel Restaurant, Canal Visitor Centre (queues likely)

The Wheelwright Arms, Monkton Combe

The Pack Horse, South Stoke

The Boathouse, Newbridge

Please note these venues can be very busy on Sundays.

Alternatively, you may decide to bring a packed lunch and enjoy the beautiful scenery – too many places to mention!

Facilities

-Water will be available at all checkpoints

-Tea and a few confectionery items available checkpoints 1, 4 and 5.

-Toilets can be accessed in the buildings/pubs next to each checkpoint. Please note that some of these are public toilets and charge 20p.

-We recommend packing as light as possible; regrettably we do not have bag drop facilities available.

Parking

-Free parking is available at all checkpoints, aside from Limpley Stoke Canal Visitor Centre where there is limited pay and display spaces.

-Please note the Kingswood Sports Pavillion closes their car park at 6:30pm