Bath & The Avon Valley

Stunning architecture & rolling countryside

Bath is a special place. A country city surrounded by gorgeous rolling green countryside, stunning architecture and old villages. We never tire of the views over Bath and the river from the surrounding hills.

The Bath & Avon Valley trail is all about giving you the sense of connection between the city, the history and stories of the area and the countryside that abounds. From mills, rivers, weavers cottages and thermal waters, this is a rich and diverse area.

The river loops around and flows, with wildlife and green pastures along its banks. There are delightful villages to find along the way with charming stone cottages and tucked away spots.

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View of Palladian Bridge, Priors Park, Bath - Foot Trails walking tour

A blend of country and city!

If there is something such as a country city then surely Bath is it. Surrounded by wooded hills, graced by beautiful bath stone buildings, the River Avon flowing through, it’s a stunning spot.

We love all the architecture and the rich history of Bath but also the countryside that sits on its doorstep.  Journey along the River Avon valley to ‘mini Bath’ to discover quiet valleys, tucked away villages, stories of mills, wool & weaving, canals and water, castles, manors & gardens.

There’s a real sense of discovery to this Foot Trail.

This Inn to Inn style walking trip is 4 nights duration. Request an example itinerary and mini brochure to your right for a complete overview including sample daily itinerary.

Trail highlights include:

  • Admire beautiful Georgian town houses built in the late 1700’s
  • Walk in spectacular countryside with green valleys and hills
  • See the roman baths with their warm thermal waters
  • Explore the waterway of the Kennet and Avon canal and the winding river Avon, rich in wildlife
  • Taste delicious local foods including the famous Bath bun, Bath artisan cheeses, chocolates and freshly baked artisan breads from local bakers, Thoughtful Bakery.

To request a detailed 20 page mini brochure with example itinerary for this trip or ask questions – please use the form to your right >>

Pulteney Weir, Bath - Foot Trails walking tour

Getting to Bath and The Avon Valley

Bath & The Avon Valley is in the west country of England. Bordering The Cotswolds, Somerset & Wiltshire it is an area of outstanding natural beauty. With a history stretching from Celtic times all the way to the Georgian splendour of the spa, it is recognised as a UNESCO world heritage site.

How to get here?

The trail begins in Bath, North East Somerset.

The nearest train station for arrivals is at Bath Spa. Travel is approximately 90 minutes from London Paddington. The journey time by car, about 2½ hours from London.

The suggested international airport is London Heathrow which offers an easy transfer to London Paddington and around two hours to the start of the trail. There is also a regional airport at Bristol with a direct bus link to Bath.

Airport cars often make the most convenient transfer and we can arrange this for you.

To request a detailed 20 page mini brochure with example itinerary for this trip or ask questions – please use the form to your right >>

Example of a bedroom used by Foot Trails

About the accommodations

Where you stay is a key part of your Foot Trail & experience. One of the reasons guests choose Foot Trails is for our choice and quality of accommodation.

The country inns and country pubs where you stay are small, personal and friendly with excellent hospitality. Each one is in an English village with comfortable bedrooms and delicious local food and drinks to enjoy with dinner after your walk.

Alison, Foot Trails founder, chooses each inn personally. Centuries old, each building provides a relaxing and authentic setting in which you can kick off your boots and eat dinner at the end of an inspiring day on the trail.

During your Bath & The Avon Valley trail you will stay at 2 hand-picked hotels that celebrate what the area is all about.  One is a collection of Georgian town houses forming this elegant & modern hotel. A little grandeur is required when staying in Bath after all! The second is a riverside inn & restaurant where bedrooms gaze out on the river & church, once a dye house it has character and charm.

You will receive full details and website addresses of our suggested accommodation with your itinerary when we confirm availability of your trip.

To request a detailed 20 page mini brochure with example itinerary for this trip or ask questions – please use the form to your right >>

The Circus in Bath

Costs & availability

This tour is available starting any nights (subject to availability) for 4 nights. We strongly advise booking in advance as places are limited. The trail can be enjoyed all year around.

Example budgeting quotes:

Prices start –

* From £735 per person# for 4 nights

You will receive a fully detailed itinerary, confirmations of your accommodations and a price quote before you book. Once you confirm your booking your price will be guaranteed and no surcharges will be added.

#Based on two sharing en-suite accommodation, staying on a bed & breakfast basis. Includes all luggage transfers, accommodation & transport.

Included:

  • Independent (self guided) walking days tailored to you and the season
  • Tailored walk and explore pack
  • Local Ordnance Survey™ maps (waterproof)
  • Trail guide cards (waterproof one for each day with easy to follow instructions) • Plastic map holder
  • Local stories and histories
  • Recommended lunchtime stops at country pubs and cafes
  • Nature cards for identifying wild flowers, trees and animals
  • Seasonal nature guide book
  • Sweets (for a boost on route)
  • Your en-suite accommodation
  • Breakfasts
  • One bottle of wine
  • A decade of expertise and know-how
  • Transfers between accommodation
  • Drop off service when it makes a walk better.
  • Help and support before your trip

How to book?

Contact us with your preferred dates and we will look after the rest. You can call us on +44 (0) 1747 820626 or use the form to your right to send a message or request an itinerary.

View of the green valleys around Bath - Foot Trails walking tour

From our guests

“What a wonderful trip. Based on a friend’s recommendation I contacted Foot Trails. From the moment I spoke to them I felt welcome, cared for and well informed.”
Gayle, Torronto, Canada

“We simply had a lovely time on our Foot Trails holiday. Every day brought new discoveries, beautiful vistas, solitude and a sense of peace.”
Joan, USA

“I can’t express how good the experience was. The team at Foot Trails was great. They listened to what we wanted to do and planned the perfect trip for us.”
Steve, Australia

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To request a detailed 20 page mini brochure with example itinerary for this trip or ask questions – please use the form to your right >>

Pulteney Weir, Bath - Foot Trails walking tour

How do I find my way?

Trails are devised using our local knowledge and rigorously tested and checked. Find your way using either the easy to follow trail cards if you prefer not to map read, or the local Ordnance survey maps provided. Or a combination of both. For peace of mind an on call service is provided every day including weekends between 8am and 6pm.

Where will I be walking?

Your walks are on public rights of way and a mixture of paths, tracks and trails through woodland, on farm land, village country lanes and countryside. Most walking is away from roads. Everything you need will be provided in your walk and explore pack.

To request a detailed 20 page mini brochure with example itinerary for this trip or ask questions – please use the form to your right >>

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