A View of Bath, UK from Bathwick Hill

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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 city of Bath from Bathwick Hill.

The city of Bath from Bathwick Hill.

The Bath Skyline walk offers beautiful views of Bath among rolling fields. These fields are blanketed frost (if you visit in December like 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.

What’s the best birds-eye-view have you found on your travels?

9 comments on “A View of Bath, UK from Bathwick Hill

  1. Bath is high on my list of cities in the UK to visit. I think the whole city is a UNESCO site isn’t it? I will definitely take your advice and do the Bath Skyline Walk for a view of the city when I visit. I hope I get a beautiful sunset that day!

  2. The view at Bathwick hill is peaceful. Is keep up with your Photo Friday posts to view other pictures such as Bath. And thanks for the science behind walking to lose some calories and rewarding myself with cookies for such walk. I think it’s more balanced. I’d be encouraged to walk more. 😁

  3. I love Bath, and actually wrote an online travel guide about it. However, I didn’t get to see this view from Bathwick Hill, what a shame! Bath is so pretty, and yes, I can imagine even more so in springtime.

  4. Bath is beautiful. But why a picture? You could have been more generous by giving us 5. Now I can only think of Bath and imagine every aspect of it. 😔. Let more do of Photo Frlday.

  5. I’d love to see Bath either up close or from a birds-eye perspective! Bathwick Hill looks like a cool place to explore, too! I used to hike a bit on Kauai and all the views from the mountains there are insanely beautiful!

  6. WOW! Gorgeous view over Bath. I only spent a day there a few years ago, but I really want to go back. PS: I love YHA, I have been at many all around the world and despite being a bit more expensive than others, they always offer high-quality stays.

  7. I’ve been to Bath, but sadly didn’t know of this view from Bathwick hill! It just looks spectacular. OMG!!! I feel miserable that I missed the Bath Skyline Walk… Really thanks a ton for this virtual tour.

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