Walk to the View – Bath

IMG_9924It does what it says on the tin…..it’s a great walk with a great view of the outstandingly beautiful city of Bath…..about 3 miles in all.

OK it involves a climb but it is so worth it……and it also neatly leads you to the Sky View Walk a much longer, more difficult terrain kinda of walk…… which is WORTH another blog post.

Leaflets for both walks can be obtained free of charge from the Tourist Information Centre which is easily found by Bath Abbey. It’s a walk which takes in the fine architecture, the canal path and of course The View.

Leaving the centre of Bath and crossing the Pulteney Bridge you will have a great view of the weir and a chance to window shop in some quirky boutiques. The bridge leads onto Great Pulteney Street and here take a minute to look up at the fabulous houses which sweep down to the Holburne Museum and peaceful Sydney Gardens. I’m sure many of these houses are no longer single residences but they are fantastic examples of the golden brick stone buildings which make this city unique.

IMG_7509Walking through the gap in the wall at the end of the gardens you surprisingly find yourself on a tow path and right by another grand building which was once the Canal Head Quarters. There will usually be a glut of barges in the basin, many for hire. Eventually the walk leads you across the canal up some steep steps to Bathwick Hill and Bathwick Fields. Conveniently there is a bench where you can sit and ponder if you want to carry on with the more robust walk round the Sky View……. or just simply enjoy the view spread out in front of you.

On your return if you can not wait for refreshments in the city, there is the option of the peaceful cafe in Holburne Museum or if it’s cocktail time try No 15  on Great Pulteney Street. 

 

 

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