‘Walk to the View’: The best short walk in Bath

Bath skyline walk to the view

If you’re planning a visit to Bath, but want to escape the crowds, then National Trust’s ‘Walk to the View might just be the perfect solution. This spectacular short walk takes in historic city-centre sights, canal-side scenery, and the most incredible Bath Skyline views.

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This 3-mile circular trail starts in Bath city centre, at the historic Pulteney Bridge. Admire the grand Georgian architecture along Great Pulteney Street, before reaching The Holburne Museum; a must-stop for art lovers. The museum also has a lovely cafĂ©, overlooking Sydney Gardens – a tranquil oasis in the city and a favourite hangout of Jane Austen’s back in the day!

Holburne museum bath walk to the view uk walks

The trail continues through the 18th century gardens and over the railway bridge. Take a right on to the Kennet and Avon canal tow-path, leaving the hustle and bustle of the city behind. We visited during winter and lucked out with bright blue skies and crystal-clear reflections of the honey-coloured buildings and colourful canal boats on the water.

Bath skyline walk to the view canal

Bath skyline walk to the view

Bath skyline walk to the view kennet and avon canal boats

Bath skyline walk to the view reflections

Continue along the canal path for about 10 minutes, until reaching Lock 13. Cross over the foot-bridge and you’ll emerge on to Sydney Buildings. Make your way up the stone steps and join the footpath that runs alongside Bathwick Meadow.

Bath skyline walk to the view lock 13

A short distance along this path, you’ll come to a bench and the famous ‘Bath Skyline’ panoramic view. From here, the whole city unfolds before your eyes… and it’s every bit as spectacular as you’d expect.

Bath walk to the view

Bath skyline walk to the view canal-3

Bath skyline walk to the view

Bath skyline walk to the view

The whole trail is dog-friendly and the meadow is a great place to let your dog run loose. Marnie seemed as transfixed by the views, as we were! Just be aware that dogs are not allowed through Richens Orchard, due to sheep grazing.

Bath skyline walk to the view dog friendly walks bath

Bath skyline walk to the view dog friendly

From Bathwick Meadow, you can choose to join the longer Bath Skyline Walk which extends through 6 miles of beautiful woodland and meadows. Or complete your ‘Walk to the View’ by circling the meadow and looping back around to the canal path. Cross back over at Lock 13 and head back into the city along North Parade Road. End your walk at Parade Gardens, with beautiful views of Bath Abbey, Pulteney Bridge and the river weir.

Bath skyline walk to the view bath abbey

Exploring more of South West England and the UK? Check out my travel guides here. Or if you’re visiting Bath during Christmas, take a look at my festive city guide to Bath.

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