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near Bath, England (United Kingdom)
From the Bath Spa Station, this walk explores the River Avon, part of the Kennet and Avon Canal, a section of the "Walk to the View" path system, Widcombe Village, Pulteney Bridge, and part of central Bath.
A free map of the entire "Walk to the View" circle route is available at the tourist Information Centre in central Bath.
Recorded in January, 2018.
The Great Western Railway (British Rail) stop for Bath. Trains depart from Paddington Station, London, and continue to Bristol and South Wales.
South of Bath Spa Station, a footbridge crosses to the south bank of the River Avon.
Proceeding east along the south bank of the River Avon, towards the Bath Locks section of the Kennet and Avon Canal.
Proceeding east along the Kennet and Avon Canal.
A roadway crosses over the canal, with a short, moderately steep grade up to the road level. It may be slippery and muddy - a good indicator of conditions to be expected higher up on the surrounding hillsides.
"British Waterways Board, Widcombe Locks, restored at the expense of The City of Bath and the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust, 1969-1976"
From the canal heading south, there is a moderate climb to paths and fields overlooking the City of Bath. The path can be muddy in places. Parts of Bathwick
Fields are grazed by cattle in the summer months. All was open for dog walkers in January.
A free map of the entire "Walk to the View" Public Footpath network is available at the Tourist Information Centre in central Bath.
Exit the steep public footpath through a gate into a farmyard, observe signage, and proceed directly onto the farm lane.
Before crossing the main road and through an opposite gate onto a field path, there is access to the Smallcombe Garden Cemetery. Detailed information is on an attached photo.
There are more good views over Bath from the top of the fields near Smallcombe Village.
After climbing up through Smallcombe Fields, the path joins a road at Smallcombe Village. The route then follows the road down Widcombe Hill towards Bath.
The route follows the road downhill towards Widcombe and Bath. Option of taking a bus from here. The bus stop sign in the photo is on the north side (going up) but there must also be a nearby stop on the south side (going down).
On arriving at central Widcombe Village the White Hart Inn is on the left.
3.50 GBP pints
The route passes the back entrance to this pub, where an inconspicuous door leads to stairs up to the pub area.
Walking north along the east bank of the River Avon.
Proceeding north to Central Bath.
The Landmark Bridge in Central Bath, shops line both sides of the roadway, like the famous old London Bridge. Interesting shops along the bridge including a stamp and coin collectors shop and a more traditional pharmacy.
In central Bath, numerous shops, restaurants, pubs, attractions.
Historic restaurant famous for its breads.
"The Oldest House in Bath 1482
Sally Lunn lived here 1680"
In a small square, a short walk to the south of the Bath Abbey.
Iconic attractions of Bath.
Operating on an evening in January, 2018.