The historic city of bath is based in the county of Somerset and is home to the roman baths, making this city a popular tourist attraction. But the city has a very overlooked gem of an activity, The bath city skyline walk. A 6-mile circular walk around the outskirts of bath leading the participant through a range of places including a field that overlooks the city of bath, Sham castle and multiple woodland areas that have multiple views from a range of angles of bath and the surrounding area. I have done this walk twice and both times myself and friends have got lost as it is poorly signposted, a phone with a good 4g reception is recommended. But one of the best parts of this walk is the fact you don’t know where you are going to end up, resulting in discovering and exploring places that are not even listed on the walk.
Bathwick Fields is where the walk commences, even if on the day you want to stay and explore the city I would recommend walking to the top of the field and getting a look at these stunning views of Bath. A bench is situated at the top of field and makes for a great place to sit and relax while taking in the view. This part of the walk takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes from behind bath train station, where I suggest starting your walk and following the canal upwards towards the fields. The field is popular with dog walkers, making this part of the walk more enjoyable for dog lovers as the furry K9s are constantly stopping to say hi.
The best part of the walk is without a doubt Sham Castle, this detailed castle wall does take effort and time to track down, particularly if you are not following an online guide. But on a nice summer day the bench situated in front of the castle is one of my favourite spots to sit and relax, reading a book or just taking in the view of bath and the forest surrounding it. This can be a peaceful experience depending on how busy the spot is. If you are a fan of golf, behind sham castle is a golf course, so why not take a seat against the castle wall and watch some people enjoy their Saturday afternoon on the golf course.
Woods and secluded fields are mainly the rest of this walk, cows roaming the woodland area can be fun to watch as they attempt to navigate the steep terrain and find their way back to the fields. On my second walk, a group of men and women dressed as knights and fantasy characters battling in the woods was a pleasant sight, even though my mate found it absolutely hilarious. The thick green trees, blossoming of flowers and the signing of birds from the first walk in the summer turned to trees shedding their leaves and flowers slowly dying on our November walk.
On both occasions we set off early in the morning allowing us to complete our walk after around 4 hours, which concluded three quarters of the way round. This gave us ample amounts of time to explore the wonderful city of bath which is worth a visit in itself. The roman baths, bath abbey, Pulteney bridge, and countless museums are some of the many places to visit in the city itself. After a long day of exploring and getting in touch with nature, bath is host to a range of eateries and pubs, stopping off to reward yourself with a pint or a meal is a must in the writers’ eyes. I would highly recommend this walk even if you don’t finish it which I have failed to do so on all 2 occasions.
The national trust website below has the full details of the walk and is a handy companion during the walk. Our journey ended at number 8 on the map but the Balcony and Rainbow Wood Fields looks tranquil and is a planned location on our next exploration of bath. Note: Bring wellies or mountain boots if the floor is going to be muddy.