When I went to Bath last year, I stayed at the YHA Bath Hostel. It was a great little hostel for the few nights I was there, but it was on Bathwick Hill. Staying here meant I had to walk up the hill to get to my hostel and had to walk down to get into town. Could I have taken a bus or gotten a cab to get to/from my hostel and into the central area of Bath? Sure, but walking up and down a big hill once or twice a day means burning more calories so that you can have more dessert. That’s science.
The other good thing about staying at this hostel was I found the Bath Skyline Walk from the National Trust. It’s located on Bathwick Hill. Just go past the Tesco Express on you’ll see signs on the right side. It’s only about a 15-minute walk from the centre of Bath, but this area feels like it could be in another world.
The Bath Skyline walk offers beautiful views of Bath among rolling fields. These fields are blanketed frost (if you visit in December as I did). You can see Bath Abbey to the right in this photo. While not noticeable The Roman Baths are right beside it, and the Theatre Royal is only a few blocks away. The unique style of Georgian architecture and the Bath stone (a honey-coloured limestone used in many of the buildings in Bath) stands out against the winter skies.
I always love getting a birds-eye-view when I travel to a new place. While you can pay to go up to the tower of Bath Abbey, I enjoyed this view from Bathwick Hill. It’s free, offers a lovely view of the city, and is a good way to get some nature into your visit to Bath. I can only imagine how pretty the rolling green fields of Bathwick Hill would be in other seasons.
Things You Should Know
Here is a general map of Bathwick Hill. It’s about a mile from the main sites of Bath (like the Roman Baths) to Bathwick Hill.
While in Bath I stayed in a 6-bed female dorm at the YHA Bath Hostel. While the location was a bit outside the centre of Bath (and involved walking up Bathwick Hill), the hostel was clean and well taken care of. I paid for my own stay here. If you are not on a budget, there are great hotels in Bath that you can book here.
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What’s the best birds-eye-view have you found on your travels?