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Photo Friday | View of Bath from Bathwick Hill

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.
View of Bath from Bathwick Hill. Bath, England

View 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.

Things You Should Know

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?


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9 Responses to Photo Friday | View of Bath from Bathwick Hill

  1. Meg Cale September 28, 2017 at 6:12 PM #

    What a pretty view! The city looks so gorgeous.

  2. James September 28, 2017 at 6:31 PM #

    Bath is high on my list of cities in the UK to visit. I think the whole city is a UNESCO site isn’t it? I will definitely take your advice and do the Bath Skyline Walk for a view of the city when I visit. I hope I get a beautiful sunset that day!

  3. Kathy September 28, 2017 at 8:09 PM #

    The view at Bathwick hill is peaceful. Is keep up with your Photo Friday posts to view other pictures such as Bath. And thanks for the science behind walking to lose some calories and rewarding myself with cookies for such walk. I think it’s more balanced. I’d be encouraged to walk more. 😁

  4. Lisa September 28, 2017 at 9:18 PM #

    I love Bath, and actually wrote an online travel guide about it. However, I didn’t get to see this view from Bathwick Hill, what a shame! Bath is so pretty, and yes, I can imagine even more so in springtime.

  5. Lydia Smith September 29, 2017 at 1:14 AM #

    Bath is beautiful. But why a picture? You could have been more generous by giving us 5. Now I can only think of Bath and imagine every aspect of it. 😔. Let more do of Photo Frlday.

  6. Marcie September 29, 2017 at 3:48 AM #

    I’d love to see Bath either up close or from a birds-eye perspective! Bathwick Hill looks like a cool place to explore, too! I used to hike a bit on Kauai and all the views from the mountains there are insanely beautiful!

  7. Sabrina September 29, 2017 at 11:15 AM #

    WOW! Gorgeous view over Bath. I only spent a day there a few years ago, but I really want to go back. PS: I love YHA, I have been at many all around the world and despite being a bit more expensive than others, they always offer high-quality stays.

  8. Arnav Mathur September 29, 2017 at 11:44 PM #

    Bath looks like a really amazing and photogenic place. Would definitely check out the hostel, when I happen to take a trip to Bath. Would love to check out the Roman bath as well.

  9. Bhu September 30, 2017 at 9:38 AM #

    I’ve been to Bath, but sadly didn’t know of this view from Bathwick hill! It just looks spectacular. OMG!!! I feel miserable that I missed the Bath Skyline Walk… Really thanks a ton for this virtual tour.

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