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The Ramblers Association now have a greatly improved website which is an exceptional rescource for all walkers, hykers and young families wanting to go for walks with young children. This site lists everything from historical walks to guided walks and really audious walks.

Find A Walk Near Me by Walking Britain is a truly excellent and free resource. Just enter where you are or where you would like to walk - and print out directions. The walks are graded and you can buy a specific map of the area at the same time. These are proper OS maps and weather proofed if required.

I always think of walking as one of the few activities you can do for free - and now you can with this guide!

Walking, Hiking and Outdoor Shops

Cotswold Outdoor

2 Abbeygate St, Bath BA1 1NP, UK – 01225 562230

Very helpful staff and the only place in Bath stocking Gel Fuel for Trangias

An ideal place for general outdoor equipment


6 Abbeygate St, Bath BA1 1NP, UK – 01225 436678

Very attentive staff, great shop for mid level camping, hiking, wet weather gear. Does student discount!

Only popped in on an off chance just before Christmas... Managed to find what I wanted and thanks to the helpful staff secured a great deal (cheaper than online sellers). Would definitely visit again.

BCH Outdoor

30 Southgate St, Bath BA1 1TP, UK – 01225 460200

Very helpful and friendly staff. Have used for camping and backpacking trips - staff are very knowledgeable

Another good one. Walkingworld has huge library of guides with a good selection of walks, of varying lengths and grades, pretty well anywhere in the country. The walks come in an excellent format making them very easy to follow, with photographs to illustrate every important decision point and a proper Ordnance Survey map.

A modist annual subscription gives you unlimited access to all the walks. However you can Pay As Go by downloading indiviual walks..

Camping and Caravaning

Bath Marina & Caravan Park

Brassmill Lane, Bath, Bath Somerset BA1 3JT, UK – 01225 424301

Just what you need for a secure hard pitch (long) walking distance from the centre. Good clean facilities. Close pitches but it's made for visiting the city, not relaxing outside your van. But that's fine, the neighbours we had were friendly.

Pitch sizes vary greatly but the wardens were very helpful in finding the right sized pitch. The hard standings are concrete and in some instances this means that most of the pitch is concrete. This can of course be good or bad depending on what you want. The site is very popular with visitors from the continent and motor homes with many only staying for a night or two. It is right by the tow path and you can walk or cycle right in to bath with cycle hire available on site.

Bath Penn Hill CL Site

Bicknam, Penn Hill Road, Bath BA1 3RX, UK – 01225 421456

Stayed here a few times and love it. Always a warm welcome from the owners. Perfectly situated for visiting Bath. Cycle path, bus stop and cotswold way all nearby, and of course good pubs.

Great location and bath is a beautiful city

YHA Bath

Bathwick Hill, Bath BA2 6LA, UK – 0345 371 9303

I was there with a group of 55 of my students (aged 15). We found the facilities clean, even if for some of our students not having a bathroom/shower in their room was an inconvenience (only a few rooms were ensuite). The staff, especially the kitchen staff with whom we had the most contact, was very nice. There are two dining rooms but for our group we had to use both because neither of them is big enough to accommodate the whole group. This meant that other guest eating at the same time couldn't find a quiet place to eat (it's impossible for 55 teenagers to eat in silence). Would recommend for a group as long as they are ready for the steep climb to get there as there's no coach park in the vicinity. We had a student in a wheelchair and that climb from the city centre was a challenge for people pushing her, good thing there are buses!

Went here for a night as I was traveling through the UK. They don't have parking so I had to park on the street. But the location is beautiful. The room was as you expected of a youth hostel, 4 beds clean duvet and pillows. They had a good kitchen where we could make our own food and the lounge room was with books, games and a t.v. overall it was lovely to stay here with the service I expected.

Dog People is such a great website if you have dogs who go on holiday with you. Just enter your location and everything from dog friendly Bed and Breakfasts and Hotels to dog friendly walks and beaches come up. The Dog People site covers Bed & Breakfast, Holiday Parks, Hotels, Self Catering, Pubs & Food, Days Out. Enjoy!