The January sunshine yesterday was glorious, and after a long rainy, grey spell I was keen to get out into the countryside and feel the sun on my face. I walked along some favourite routes from the southern edge of Bath outwards, joining up the villages of Monkton Combe, Limpley Stoke and Freshford. This included some paved paths and country lanes, but most of the walk was on footpaths ranging from ‘muddy’ to ‘phenomenally muddy’. You should be able to trace my ramble on a map – but there are a lot of footpath options around here, so if you set off with a map you can plot your own course as you progress. Wear wellies, or be prepared for a lot of boot-cleaning afterwards!
Sights include: fields, sheep, gorgeous historic buildings in honey-coloured Bath stone, woods, old woollen mills, military history and refreshments. Also seen but not in the photos: guineafowl, deer, off-lead dogs, many bags of dog faeces abandoned by anti-social owners, friendly walkers.
I’ve written practical notes about walking in this area, along with the refreshment options available in and around the local villages: Country walks south of Bath