Combe Hay – 19.9.21

September 22, 2021 at 7:32 am
A 5 mile walk starting and ending at Odd Down Park & Ride
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Great views on the way out
A carved wooden owl in the woods
We spotted a beautiful slow worm slithering in the undergrowth
Some friendly looking scarecrows
Gnarly old trees in the woods

Widcombe & Combe Down – 11.07.21

July 13, 2021 at 1:29 pm

Ramblers group walks have started up again. We’ll be leading this walk in a couple of weeks (all details on the Bath Ramblers website) It’s a lovely route with great views of Bath city from Alexandra Park and the Skyline trail. At the moment the fields are full of wildflowers and we even caught a glimpse of the llamas near Prior Park. (they weren’t cooperating for photos sadly)

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The view from Alexandra Park

Bath Skyline and Smallcombe – 6.12.20

December 14, 2020 at 12:23 pm

A great little walk for any visitors to Bath as it starts and ends at the bus/train station. There are a couple of steep hills which will reward you with some terrific views of the city.

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3.6 miles through town and country
Alexandra Park in Widcombe provides some of the best aerial views of Bath, even on a hazy morning.

Upper Swainswick – 8.3.20

March 9, 2020 at 2:57 pm
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A lovely spring day for a walk which involved lots of hills giving clear and far reaching views.  The walk started from Upper Swainswick and took in much of the Upper Lambrook Valley. The village of Woolley has an interesting church (Grade 1 listed) built by John Wood the Younger with an unusual cupola as shown in the photo below. After a few more hills and fields it was across the A46 where there were good views of St Catherine’s Valley and Monkswood reservoir. The walk then continued across Charmy Down – a former RAF station with its many abandoned buildings hinting at a bygone age –  and back under the A46 to the start.

All Saints Church, Woolley

Browne’s Folly – 5.1.2020

January 7, 2020 at 9:55 am

Happy New Year from Bath Ramblings

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This walk starts and ends at Bathford Church
Walking up the hill towards Browne’s Folly

Larkhall – 4.8.19

August 10, 2019 at 9:18 am
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This walk started from Larkhall Sports Club and went round the edge of Charlcombe before heading up to Woolley with its attractive church and interesting graveyard and then on to Upper Swainswick. The return was via a footpath alongside but above the A46 and back through Lower Swainswick. There were several steep climbs which gave excellent views of the city and surrounding countryside.

Walking up the hill away from Bath

Newton St Loe – 11.11.18

November 12, 2018 at 10:25 am

A lovely day for a walk – clear blue skies and sunshine was a real November treat. The walk started from Newbridge Park and Ride and, after crossing the A4, went along footpaths to Newton St Loe before going through the grounds of Bath Spa University. One of the lakes provided a quiet spot for lunch before returning across the A4, under the railway line and along the cycle path to the start.

A 5.2 mile walk starting and ending at Newbridge Park-and-Ride

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Primrose Hill – 24.6.18

June 26, 2018 at 8:46 am

This 4.2 mile circular walk started from Victoria Park and slowly ascended to Weston village and onwards and upwards to Primrose Hill for a well earned lunch break. A glorious day for a walk with clear blue skies, warm sunshine and wondeful views across the city.

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Browne’s Folly – 7.1.18

January 11, 2018 at 10:14 am

Browne’s Folly Revisited – 7.1.18

A cold but very sunny morning made the ideal conditions for this walk. Starting from Bathford, a steep climb led through woods to Browne’s Folly before descending through the reserve and heading back to Bathford. A slight variation in the route from the previous walk here avoided the very muddy bridleway and was a pleasant, shorter path. The clear skies gave excellent views.

The map below shows today’s route in blue including the shortcut – the extra red bit is the part of the original route that can be circumvented if the path is particularly muddy.  You can see details of the last time we did this walk here.

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Swainswick – 29.1.17

January 29, 2017 at 4:04 pm

Swainswick

This walk started from Swainswick and involved some steep climbing through fields which would have given lovely views if it wasn’t for the drizzle and mist! It then went through the village of Woolley with its lovely church and onward around the redeveloped Ensleigh site and returning to Swainswick through the village of Charlcombe. A very attractive pheasant sitting atop a dead tree was a pleasing sight.

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4.23 mile circular walk starting and ending at Swainswick

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the hills were shrouded in mist