Itinerary: Bath and beyond

Bath and beyond

Intro to Bath and itinerary (mention is four days)

Intro to Amy/Discover Bath

 

Where to stay

There are two pubs with rooms within our Collection which are perfectly placed for exploring Bath and its glorious surrounding countryside: The Wheatsheaf, Combe Hay (left below) and Timbrell's Yard, Bradford-on-Avon (right below).

Both are under a 20-minute drive from Bath's city centre, and only a 24-minute drive from each other. There is also a direct train from Bradford-on-Avon to Bath Spa which takes about 12 minutes.

Tucked down narrow lanes in a hidden valley just 10 minutes south of Bath and perched on a hillside overlooking the village, the 16th century The Wheatsheaf is as pretty as a picture. Continue reading >

Timbrell's Yard is a stylish Grade II listed riverside property in the heart of Bradford-on-Avon, full of quirky detail touches that give the place a real wow factor. Continue reading >

Stay at one or both. Each inn provides the perfect base for Amy's inspirational four-day itinerary. The map below shows the four areas Amy suggests exploring and how far each is from the inns.

 

Day 1

Explore some of the best of Bath's countryside

Take to the majestic Bath countryside with the South Stoke 10km walk. Enjoy lush countryside, shaded woodland paths and meandering brooks. The route takes you along the remains of The Somersetshire Coal Canal and catch a glimpse of Midford Castle. The path goes through the quaint villages of Southstoke and Monkton Combe and there's a well-positioned bench on the final ascent for incredible valley views and a rest, or, of course choose one of the great pubs en-route, Packhorse Inn in South Stoke or Wheelright Arms in Monkton Coombe.

Castle Farm Midford is a great stop on this walk for breakfast or lunch but I can't recommend their Saturday Supper Club highly enough. The team create a six-course menu based on a monthly theme with many ingredients sourced from their garden. There will be specially created cocktails and a warm and friendly candle lit barn where you can watch the team prepare your meal. Book ahead!

 

Day 2

A classic Bath walk: Lansdown, Langridge & Wooley 10km circular pub walk

This is the walk to choose for luscious green paths and splendid valley views to the North of Bath. The walk starts mostly flat then descends slowly down through the Langridge valley with rolling hills filled with wildflowers. If you're lucky you might even catch a glimpse of a hot air balloon in flight. A short but steep uphill climb takes you back to the Hare & Hounds for a well-deserved pint. Book a table by the window or sit on the terrace for pizza and get views across the valley you've just walked.

I walked this section back in early spring before all the greenery shot up. Then again in the summer months and the change in scenery was incredible, it is breathtaking, every season brings a new landscape.

 

Day 3

An outdoor city adventure: The Bridgerton walk

Here's an outdoor adventure for you but in the city centre. Whether you're a fan of Bridgerton or not, The Bridgerton Walk is a fantastic way to transport you to Georgian Bath. The 4km circular route takes in the filming locations and they chose well. Wander around some of the most iconic, elegant and historic streets. There's dramatic architecture, ancient trees and pleasure gardens.

Top outdoor lunch spots include the unmissable Mrs Pots Chocolate Shop for a hot chocolate at the very least. If you're looking for lunch then Bosco dishes up one of the finest pizzas, or The Fine Cheese Co. and if you fancy some delicious vegan fare then head to Cascara.

 

Day 4

Explore Bath's countryside by e-bike: Two Tunnels Greenway

This is a fantastic way to get out and explore a bit further out Bath's countryside. Of course, you can do this route by bike, but hiring an e-bike is great fun and very easy on the legs. I hired an e-bike for half a day for £25 from Bath Ebike Hire who show you the ropes, were really helpful with tips and logistics then send you on your way.

The Two Tunnels Greenway is one of Bath's iconic cycling routes which follows the disused railway trackbed of the Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway and through Britain's longest tunnels. The route is predominantly traffic free and packed with plenty to see including architectural gems, wild water swimming spots, cafes and pubs and, of course, Bath's incredible countryside views.

There's plenty of pit stops for a refuel or post ride pint. The George Inn is on the canal and serves good pub grub and a refreshing pint, or the Angel Fish Cafe a stone's throw from the Dundas Aqueduct with a pretty comprehensive cafe menu and snack options. The Moorfields comes highly recommended as a pub option at the end of the route.

 

Ready to book a stay?

Stay at one or stay at both. These inns provide perfect bases for exploring Bath and its surrounding countryside.

 

If you have any queries or questions about this itinerary or the inns, please contact our reservations team on enquiries@epicurean.club who will be very happy to help.