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Bath—Bradford-On-Avon
Batbra one Enjoy me Distance 10km/6mi Ascent 278m Descent 273m
Bath—Bradford-On-Avon
Batbra two Enjoy me Distance 16km/10mi Ascent 271m Descent 266m
Bath—Bradford-On-Avon
Batbra three Verify me Distance 17km/10mi Ascent 485m Descent 495m
Bath—Bradford-On-Avon
Batbra four Verify me Distance 11km/7mi Ascent - Descent -
Bath—Corsham
Batcor one Verify me Distance 17km/10mi Ascent 277m Descent 348m
Bath—Corsham
Batcor two Verify me Distance 18km/11mi Ascent 493m Descent 563m
Bath—Frome
Batfro one Verify me Distance 21km/13mi Ascent 404m Descent 450m
Bath—Marshfield
Batmar one Enjoy me Distance 13km/8mi Ascent 413m Descent 249m
Bath—Melksham
Batmel two Verify me Distance 27km/17mi Ascent 286m Descent 271m
Bath—Melksham
Batmel three Verify me Distance 20km/12mi Ascent 285m Descent 270m
Bath—Melksham
Batmel four Verify me Distance 27km/17mi Ascent 341m Descent 326m
Farmborough—Bath
Farbat one Enjoy me Distance 13km/8mi Ascent 303m Descent 209m
Keynsham—Bath
Keybat one Review me Distance 12km/8mi Ascent 109m Descent 107m
Keynsham—Bath
Keybat two Verify me Distance 13km/8mi Ascent 111m Descent 113m
Keynsham—Bath
Keybat three Verify me Distance 13km/8mi Ascent - Descent -
Keynsham—Bath
Keybat four Verify me Distance 13km/8mi Ascent 130m Descent 129m
Keynsham—Bath
Keybat five Verify me Distance 16km/10mi Ascent 439m Descent 453m
Radstock—Bath
Radbat one Enjoy me Distance 13km/8mi Ascent 338m Descent 292m
Wick (Bristol)—Bath
Wicbat one Enjoy me Distance 12km/7mi Ascent 250m Descent 210m
Wick (Bristol)—Bath
Wicbat two Verify me Distance 12km/8mi Ascent 635m Descent 679m
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Bath, Mon 28 November

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Bath’s Slow Ways starting point

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ST7524964364

Lat / Lon

51.37778° / -2.35700°

Easting / Northing

375,249E / 164,364N

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At the start in Bath the map is slightly misleading as it's not possible to access the footpath alongside the river - the best route is to cross the footbridge over the river, then cross the two main roads using the pedestrian crossings , then turn left to walk along Widcombe High St (several cafes and pub) and on up to Widcombe Hill....

Richard Craft

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As with BatBra1 at the start from Bath it's better to go over the footbridge, across the two main roads using the pedestrian crossings then turn left through Widcombe High St and join the bottom of Widcombe Hill at the double mini roundabout. It is not suitable for wheels....

Richard Craft

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Wick (Bristol)—Bath

Brian added Wicbat two, a new walk from Wick (Bristol) to Bath

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Like everyone else, I encountered the route issue at the start, simply put the route is not as Slow Way, as no fp exists off the main road....

Brian

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For this reason alone I uploaded Wicbat two, which irons out the route error at the start. I took the opportunity to alter the route slightly in Bath, to take in the Royal Crescent. Other than that, the route is the same...

Brian

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The two kinks are easily avoided, Priest Barrow is a pointless bit of route plotting, as the route on the ground overrides it, and the second, at the top of Bear Flat in Bath, is again not required, by crossing the main road at the Bear pub, and dropping straight down Holloway ( both safer road crossing, shorter, and no steps !) A fine addition to the network...

Brian

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Problem with stile at ST89409 64054 as previously mentioned, see photo, which had barbed wire & wooden bar on far side necessitating crawling underneath.Path after next stile overgrown but path then turns right past solar farm. The walk after that was excellent especially the view of Bath as we walked into city...

Pete

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Brian surveyed Keybat five

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Keynsham—Bath

Brian added Keybat five, a new walk from Keynsham to Bath

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The only real negatives are the 1 mi section at the beginning to the A4, crossing the A4 itself, and the adjacent Trading estate....

Brian

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I walked this today from Bath to Bradford-on-Avon. Unsurprisingly, given that I created it as my preferred route, I thought it was fantastic. Yes, the climb out of Bath is quite steep, and the descent to Dundas Aquaduct even steeper, but once that is out of the way it has all the benefits of the other routes along the canal - while being considerably shorter and more direct....

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Bath—Bradford-On-Avon

panifex added Batbra four, a new walk from Bath to Bradford-On-Avon

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Difficult to follow, and in one key location a completely non-existent footpath. Unfortunately I can’t recommend it as is - it needs a redraft....

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I also think lukeh missed a trick on this route, if you cut out Gooseberry Lane ( north face of the Eiger ) and 13 steps, and use Steel Mills instead, the route would be acceptable for people of limited mobility, wheelchairs/pushchairs, and mob scooters....

Brian

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I'm glad its not just me that thinks steep hills are steep, the early stage in Radstock up Woodborough Rd, and the Fosse Way from Dunkerton Hill were a bit sporty....

Brian

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There are steep sections as you come out of Bath, but this is unavoidable, and in fact the route this slow way takes through Bath is really great. It isn't possible to follow the exact route shown by the gpx file - instead you have to take the righthand (west) of the two footpaths (if you take the other one, like I did, you either have to make a long diversion, or climb over some 6 foot high gates...)....

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I undertook this walk in reverse, from Marshfield down into Bath, and recorded the route as 8.10 mi, with an ascent of 1023', but if undertaken from Bath the ascent is 1545'! Undertaken on an extremely hot day, so the slopes were a tad challenging.For aficionados of pedestrian / field / and kissing gates.......this is the walk for you, nearly 30 in total, together with a couple of stiles, and multiple steps......marvelous If undertaking from Marshfield, beware a couple of paths not to take which on the ground appear the clear route, ie in the first field from Marshfield, obviously 99 % of all foot traffic takes the middle path, whereas you need to follow the left hand path...

Brian

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Brian surveyed Keybat four

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Keynsham—Bath

Brian added Keybat four, a new walk from Keynsham to Bath

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The route is a curate's egg, with the foregoing problems and the 0.80 mi section of pavement alongside the A4 which is hardly scenic, against the sections from along the river into Bath are great, it also cuts out a 2.3 mi long section of the Bristol and Bath Railway Path which one shares with significant numbers of very fast cyclists. I also ignored the final section into Bath from Nelson Place West, preferring to staff on the river path to the station....

Brian

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Personally, I only gave it three stars, as ideally a route which cut out the most ( or all of the A4 ) and the remainder being the riverside walk into Bath would merit 5 stars...

Brian

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Brian surveyed Keybat three

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I slightly deviated from the route as it came into Bath, as the drop down onto the river path just before Rotork was completely overgrown, it made more sense to continue along the railway path right to the end, then walking on the lit pavement on Brassmill Lane, joining the river path just after Osborne Road....

Brian

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Reasonably good route; only issues are with several fields that during spring and summer are growing large crops that make passage difficult and/or uncomfortable due to their size. Would recommend using some judgement at several points to take a lane around the slightly more direct field. Was also chased by a herd of cows and had to jump a farmer’s fence....

Bryan Johnson

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A beautiful, easy to navigate walk that seems to me to meet the criteria for a good slow way....

panifex

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Deserves its place in the network.Plenty of hill climbing and descent and it is a mixture of rural and urban/suburban, so has quite a workaday feel at times and some pounding of pavements, but nice views around, particularly at the Bath end, and a lovely descent into town through Bear Flat, overlooking the city centre. Just note that if coming from Radstock towards Bath, that the plot is a tad unhelpful when you regain the Fosse Way after crossing the main road at Dunkerton. The way in is opposite the bus stop....

Mockymock

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Sounds obvious but walking from Bath centre out into the wild country in a few miles was great....

Meg

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Great route, it was really easy to follow on my watch, with lots of beautiful woodland and footpaths the whole way. Only small part where I struggled and had to do a bit of searching was just south-west of Corsham. The path went through someone's private drive, I would recommend going down Greenhill and the across via Sheppards which is the way I took in the end (see screenshot)...

Dan

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The double back at Beach Farm to stay on track (as per the review from Suze) can be seen in picture 4....

Jamsarnie

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This is a cracking Cotswold edge walk , one of several possible routes down the beautiful St Catherines Valley from the lovely village of Marshfield into the Georgian gem that is Bath....

Steve_Roser

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Steve_Roser took this photo on Batmar one

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The route makes its way over the plateaus and into the delightful stream-cut folds of this beautiful part of the lower Cotswolds, with a couple of moderate hill climbs and plenty of views. It passes through the lovely St Catherines Valley, with its mixture of pastures and woodlands, then crosses the skylark-favoured expanse of the long-abandoned wartime airfield at Charmy Down and eventually skirts the ramparts of the ancient fort at Solsbury Hill, before heading into the city via the likeable laid-back suburb of Larkhall (which has good local shops, cafes etc) and along the canal path. The only awkward place is the short section along the scrubby side of Solsbury Hill where it can get squelchy underfoot at wet times of year and the path through isn't always obvious and not quite as shown on the OS map....

Mockymock

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It's a great route, easy to navigate, direct, and less hilly than I expected....

panifex

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Brian surveyed Batcor two

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Bath—Corsham

Brian added Batcor two, a new walk from Bath to Corsham

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Brian surveyed Batcor one

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I share the two previous reviews, and the Panifex review has two valid issues. For logistical reasons I undertook the route from Corsham to Bath, and encountered the two problems highlighted. From ST 85704 68967 to ST 85666 68934 is impossible to take, follow path on ground coming out in 'Shepherds', then turn right up set of steps ( ST 85734 68916 ) rejoining the route at ST 85666 68934...

Brian

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2 ) Kingsdown Golf Course, rather than going across a very active course, running the risk of being hit by a golf ball, this goes around the perimeter on a created 'Woodland Walk'...

Brian

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Keynsham—Bath

Mockymock added Keybat three, a new walk from Keynsham to Bath

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The way out of Keynsham is mostly through a park by the River Chew, followed by a couple of beautiful miles along the River Avon Path before joining up with the dependable Bristol to Bath cycle path....

Mockymock

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A functional route between Bath and Saltford - really simple to navigate, accessible and broadly flat for the entire route....

panifex

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We went down Manor Road a short distance and found a stone stile on the left (photo number 2 in the original survey) which linked us with the path. As you approach Hanging Hill, look out for the footpath sign on the right, pointing to the path on the left, Photo 3....

Suze

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We did Bath to Farmborough and skipped the last kink up Priest Barrow as we had longer to go pst Farmborough. All signs very easy to follow, good mixture of terrain....

Dommo

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The route does a slightly odd "kink" at the end on the walk down into the city centre - there is a much more obvious and well trodden route into Bath - but this is a very minor issue, and not worth worrying about really - the route suggested still works fine....

panifex

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There is the Angelfish Cafe just off the Brassknocker Basin, and also the Hartley Farm Shop and Cafe just off route ( 200 metres ) close to end of middle third....

Brian

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Brian surveyed Batmel four

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The route is wheelchair / pushchair / mobility scooter friendly, as the majority of route is canal towpath, with the remainder being pavement out of Bath, and ditto into Melksham....

Brian

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Bath—Melksham

Brian added Batmel four, a new walk from Bath to Melksham

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Bath—Bradford-On-Avon

Brian added Batbra three, a new walk from Bath to Bradford-On-Avon

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This route is not suitable for people in pushchairs/wheelchairs, or mobility scooters, as there is a set of 15 steps 1 mile into the route from Bath. Hence why only 1 star. The route is perfectly suitable for able bodied walkers...

Brian

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Having compiled, and walked the route, I can confirm that it is suitable for individuals in wheelchairs/pushchairs or on mobility scooters....

Brian

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The route chosen down into Bath is also a good one - easy street walking, revealing glimpses of stunning vistas of Bath, and envy inspiring houses....

panifex

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An enjoyable walk which i did on a cold January evening using a headtorch!...

Adamufa

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I enjoyed this walk in spite of the Fosse Way being quite muddy in sections and the very steep hill from Dunkerton....

JohnMyerson

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JohnMyerson took this photo on Radbat one

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Having compiled this route, and provided a review of the reason why, now having walked / surveyed the route, I want to add further comments....

Brian

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2) The route through Thorn woods, just after Box heading to Hazelbury Manor seems to take the steepest possible route for no obvious reason (and it really is steep - I had to rest half way up). It would be worth investigating the path around the edge of the woods, to see if this would be preferable. 1) Kingsdown Golf Club seems to be criss-crossed with rights of way, but none of them are obvious on the ground, and the one chosen for this route goes right down the middle of the fairway. Really really not ideal. I improvised by walking under trees where I could, but I still had to cross the fairway. There are no obvious "permissive" routes provided by the club either. Obviously, the best answer would be for the golf club to provide a sensible route through. But in the meantime, some more work needs to be done to work out a safe way across the course - maybe the path I've highlighted in the attached photo would be better - perhaps the next walker could try it out. The alternative would be to walk all the way around Lower Kingsdown Road and avoid the golf course altogether....

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Walked this route, Keynsham to Bath, with an alternative start to take advantage of walking along the Chew and Avon rivers , the Bitton - Bath railway Sustain cycle route and nearby Kelston Road Top. I will add the alternative start as KeyBat three as a more scenic route out of Keynsham avoiding the suburban issues raised in the first review. Would thoroughly recommend this route (with alts)....

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There is a nice pub with magnificent views (and toilets) in Avoncliff...

Cata

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Mainly level, easy route principally on the Kennet & Avon Canal towpath. Surface generally OK but, in places, can be very puddly after rain....

Richard Craft

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This is a very good shortcut walk between Bath and Bradford on Avon which goes over two hills so you'll need some extra energy (particularly the bit between Dundas Aqueduct and Claverton Down if you are going towards Bath)! It's 6 miles compared to 9+ miles if you follow the equally picturesque Batbra two route that follows the canal....

eberlin

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Bath

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Keynsham—Bath

lukeh added Keybat two, a new walk from Keynsham to Bath

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Bath—Bradford-On-Avon

Brian added Batbra two, a new walk from Bath to Bradford-On-Avon

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This route is significantly longer than Batbra one, as it follows the canal, and whilst originally compiled as a route to suit individuals with mobility issues, and wheelchair / pushchair/mobility scooters, this is not applicable, as 1 mi in, there is a set of 15 steps up to Georges Place. I have compiled / walked / surveyed and reviewed Batbra three which is wheelchair friendly. Other than that Batbra two is fine...

Brian

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Bath—Melksham

Brian added Batmel three, a new walk from Bath to Melksham

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This route is a substitute for Batmel one which is unachievable...

Brian

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A significantly longer route than Batmel ( which is unachievable ) which is NOT wheelchair/pushchair friendly, without field paths with stiles. For a wheelchair friendly route, see Batmel four...

Brian

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My wife is very nervous of cows and bullocks so we had to divert from the route on 3 occasions to avoid fields they were in, eventually giving up and taking an alternative route into Bradford upon Avon....

Jon Allman

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Bath—Melksham

Brian added Batmel two, a new walk from Bath to Melksham

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Following the route, I had to double back twice, so unfortunately cannot recommend the route in its present form....

Smatticus1991

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A very direct, hilly route between these two historic towns....

HughWilliamson

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Bath

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Bath—Bradford-On-Avon

Slow Ways added Batbra one, a new walk from Bath to Bradford-On-Avon

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Bath—Corsham

Slow Ways added Batcor one, a new walk from Bath to Corsham

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Bath—Frome

Slow Ways added Batfro one, a new walk from Bath to Frome

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Bath—Marshfield

Slow Ways added Batmar one, a new walk from Bath to Marshfield

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Farmborough—Bath

Slow Ways added Farbat one, a new walk from Farmborough to Bath

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Keynsham—Bath

Slow Ways added Keybat one, a new walk from Keynsham to Bath

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Radstock—Bath

Slow Ways added Radbat one, a new walk from Radstock to Bath

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Wick (Bristol)—Bath

Slow Ways added Wicbat one, a new walk from Wick (Bristol) to Bath

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