Roman Bath, like Rome itself, is surrounded by its
Seven Hills. These are the obvious target for walks
up and out of the city. Inevitably, however, they are
somewhat demanding, so walks that are short but
strenuous have been mixed with those that are
easy but longer. The latter, with circuits up to nine
miles, stretch out along the River Avon and its partner
in the landscape, the Kennet and Avon Canal.
The towpath heads towards creations of industrial
archaeology of national renown, such as the Dundas
Aqueduct, where canal long-boats cross three
other transport systems - rail, river and road.
Scenic and exhilarating country walking is literally
within sight and step as you reach out from the city.
On one side the landscape becomes the Cotswold
Hills, encapsulated at its most civilised in Dyrham
Park, whereas on the other side the deep-cut
valleys hide some of the most desirable homes in
the land, around villages like Combe Hay.
The ten selected walks, ranging from 3 to 8 miles,
suit the needs of families, groups of friends or
individuals looking for a gentle stroll or a longer
walk, and reflect the many varied facets of the area.
Places are selected with problem-free parking and
public houses and tea-rooms en route if possible.
Instructions are as basic and clear as possible, but
you will also have things to see pointed out to you.
The emphasis throughout the ten walks is to notice
what is odd and quirky - so you do not miss what
makes the effort and exercise truly worthwhile.
Halsgrove’s small-format guidebook, containing
maps, photographs and useful information will
ensure a great walking experience. Packed with
colour, the book is an ideal reminder of a visit to
Bath and its hinterland.
Rodney Legg is a prolific author and
historian who has published hundreds
of country walks. Nationally he is active
in the environmental movement having
been chairman of the Open Spaces
Society since 1989 and a member of
the ruling council of the NationalTrust
from 1990 until 2009.
Imprint: PiXZ Books. ISBN 978 1 906887 84 1, hardback, 110x155mm, 64 pages. Published September 2010.