Barges, crab apples and mist A Sunday walk around Bath’s valleys (Bath City and Country walking tour) On Sunday I left the house early and walked up into the rolling hills that surround Bath. I had spent the week in Foot Trails HQ, a place I love to be, but nether the less, fresh air and the great outdoors called strongly to me. As I got higher each step took me further away from laptops, computers and phones and closer to quiet, nature and the enveloping autumn. As I stepped to the very top and looked back the valleys around Bath and their villages were happily lost in a sea of mist. Just the very tops of the tallest trees and the odd church spire stuck out. The effect was rather like that of being on top of a mountain above the clouds. I do love this time of year. Some say it is a little muddy and neither autumn or yet winter. I find it delightful. Dew hung heavy on the grass in great droplets that reflected the growing golden light. On a muddy track I passed through a rusted metal gate held together by string and then stopped to photograph the random fallen crab apples and leaves that made colourful patterns and pictures on the path. Along the canal I enjoyed both the smell and the silent escape of wood smoke from the barge chimneys as it rose up and then appeared to vanish into thin air. 9 or 10 miles later and my legs were a little tired but my mind was free, peaceful, my thoughts easy and slow. It had been a glorious walk. Warm Regards Alison PS In late autumn and winter, November through to the end of February we can arrange a short 2 night walking break for you on our winter rates. If you long to escape your desk and enjoy the elements this is the time for you to walk! Hand-picked indulgent country inns with excellent food and proper log fires await after your walks. Hurry – places will book quickly. Email email@example.com or call us on 01747 820626 for more details or to book. As an extra surprise why not book a walking trip for a loved one as a Christmas gift? Or buy them our gift vouchers? Available from £25 All details on the website in our gift shop. Order online for gifts up to £400.