Cirencester Ramblers

3 April Bath Skyline

Twenty eight ramblers and one guest took part in a six mile circular walk around the Bath Skyline.  The walkers started at Cleveland Walk and went through Smallcombe Farm with its Nuttery, and Widcombe which incorporated a steep climb,  but they were rewarded with a magnificent view of the world heritage city of Bath.

On the way the ramblers passed Prior Park's landscaped gardens, which contain one of only four Palladian bridges in the world and Rainbow Wood with pungent wild garlic and yellow meadow ants. Unfortunately there was no sign of the viber ants that inhabit this area, or bluebells.

 After a lunch stop near Rainbow Wood Farm the walkers continued towards the back of Claverton Manor (home of the American Museum) and through Bushey Wood, past an Iron Age Hillfort to Bathampton Wood and Bathwick Wood.

It was a beautiful day with stunning countryside, hidden valleys, tranquil woodlands, an array of flora and fauna, and a castle to finish with, even though the castle was a bit of a sham!

Our first view of the Bath Skyline

We pause to admire another view of Bath

It's not all open ground and grand views as we make our way through Bathampton Woods

A view from the "Pillow Mounds" towards little Solsbury Hill

We make our way across Brampton Warren

Reminders of Spring: a calf, some lambs, a primrose and fungi!!