I take a lot of photos when I travel. I’m restarting a Photo Friday series on Take Me to the World. I’ll share a photo that I haven’t featured here on Take Me to the World or any of my social media channels. First up is a photo I took last year of Bath from Bathwick Hill.
When I went to Bath last year, I stayed at the YHA Bath Hostel. It was a nice little hostel for the few nights I was there, but it was on Bathwick Hill. This 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 main area of Bath? Sure, but walking up and down a big hill once or twice a day means burning more calories, so 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, go past the Tesco Express on you’ll see signs on the right side. Being a skyline walk it’s a car-free zone, though you might be able to find some street parking on Bathwick Hill. It’s only about a 15-minute walk from Bath, but it feels like it could be in another world.
The Bath Skyline walk offers beautiful views of Bath among a setting of 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 block 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.
I stayed in a 6 bed female dorm at the YHA Bath Hostel. While the location was a bit outside the city (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 small budget there are plenty more hotels you can book in Bath here.
While you are in Bath be sure to take a visit at The Roman Baths. And be sure to check out a show at the Theatre Royal. If you’re there in December you might be able to see a Panto show like I did.
What favourite free birds-eye-view have you found on your travels?