All you need to know about the Bath Skyline walking trail

26 April 2017

Of all the stunning National Trust walking trails in the UK, which is regularly rated the most popular by walkers, weekenders and tourists? You’ll find it right here in Bath, where visitors and locals love to drink in the city’s amazing buildings and scenery on the Bath Skyline walking trail.

The trail is one of the best in Britain due to its spectacular panoramic views, which look out over the city’s rooftops and take in the Mendips beyond. It’s a great way to see this World Heritage City from a new perspective, as well as getting plenty of exercise and fresh air.

About the walk

The National Trust describes the Bath Skyline walk as moderate, but you will need to set aside around 3-4 hours for the 6-mile trek. It’s also a dog-friendly walk if you fancy taking your pooch along. You’ll both get plenty of exercise, as the National Trust estimates that the trail burns as much energy as playing a full football match!

Sights and must-sees

There’s something for everyone on this fabulous walking trail, so plenty of chances to get up close with nature, wild flowers and wildlife as well as historic buildings and amazing architecture. The trail passes a huge number of Bath attractions, so you can turn the walk into a full day out. Here are just a few of the walk highlights:

  • Prior Park Landscape Garden – with its beautiful, intimate garden and one of only four remaining Palladian bridges in the world
  • The American Museum in Britain – this is a popular stop-off for walkers, and a major attraction for visitors to the city
  • The Iron Age fort on Little Solsbury Hill – the perfect vantage point for jaw-dropping views over the Bath cityscape.

Of course, the real star of the show is the Bath skyline. The views across the city are simply stunning, allowing you to see for miles around on a clear day. Make sure to pack a camera!

There’s plenty more to discover too, from Roman settlements and 18th century follies to wild flower woods and bird sightings. Pack a picnic and have a wonderful day out – experiencing the very best of both town and country, with a bit of history thrown in for good measure.

Ready to set off? First find somewhere lovely to stay

If you’re a walking fan and the Skyline trail sounds just your cup of tea, it’s time to pack your walking boots and find somewhere to stay. With so much to see and do in Bath, every visitor needs a centrally located pad in which to rest their weary feet at the end of the day. Even better, how about a luxurious apartment right in the heart of the city? Bath Holiday Rentals has many fantastic properties to choose from, including Avonleigh House, Hatfield House and Crescent Cottage – all of which are not far at all from the start of the trail on Bathwick Hill.