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.
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 café, overlooking Sydney Gardens – a favourite hangout of Jane Austen’s back in the day!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.