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Dazzling architecture & a rich & deep history has remained with the stunning city of Bath throughout the centuries, right through to the modern-day. The result is a stunning, oldy-worldy city that really hasn’t lost even a little of its charm. This topped with its surroundings, the rolling Somerset hills, a ceremonial county which feels, well, just magical all make for an amazing day out. I (Kelly) grew up in Bristol, just a few miles away & as Bath was one of my favourite places as a child to visit I couldn’t wait to visit with Adam & show him all the city has to offer.

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We spent a full day exploring the city’s best bits from the AirBnB Cottage we were staying at, in the small village of Theale, Somerset just 25 mile / 40 km away from the city of Bath & a great base from which to explore the whole area. We left early in the morning for our hour-long drive through the countryside to give us enough time to see all that we wanted to.

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Bath Skyline Walk

In true Destination Addict style we of course started off with one of our favourite things to do, hiking! The National Trust’s Skyline Walk is a 6 mile / 9.6 km self-guided loop took us up from the city of Bath to the rolling hills up above for spectacular views of the entire city. Along the way we passed by castles, ancient woodlands & enjoyed taking in all of the history & wildlife this trail has to offer.

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This relatively easy walk which does have a few steady inclines took us about 4 hours to complete with stops along the way. Prior Park is an excellent stopping point, an 18th century landscape garden with its own little lake & a cute tea shed that offers tea, coffee & very yummy cakes.

The Roman Baths

For us an absolute must see when visiting the historic city of Bath are the Roman Baths, the sight at the centre of it all which has been so well-preserved it really takes you back to the day the Roman’s arrived at these ancient hot springs & set up shop!

We spent around an hour & a half here following in Roman footsteps through the excellent audio tour which is included in the admission price & loved being transported back in time to one of the greatest religious spas of the ancient world. Being so meticulously preserved makes for countless photo opportunities, we would also recommend taking a wander around the outside of this beautiful building, a real credit to the city of Bath.

Bath Abbey

Towering magnificently above the city of Bath & situated right next door to the Roman Baths is breathtaking Bath Abbey, founded in the 7th century & rebuilt in the 12th & 16th centuries. The Abbey is open every day although opening times do vary from day-to-day & the suggestion donation is £4 per adult, £2 for children. We took some time to marvel at the outside of this magnificent structure, something that we would highly recommend doing & would especially recommend looking up as there are all sorts of amazing things for the eye to see. Inside is no less impressive, built from the famous Bath limestone gives it a special glow which its intricate stain glass windows only add to.

Royal Crescent

This sweeping residential area of 30 Georgian houses is somewhat an icon of the city of Bath & also a must for any visitor to the city. We headed up there for sunset which only added to the wow, the sun hitting off the limestone was just magnificent!

We took a walk right across the top of the crescent, taking in the detail of the buildings right down to the doors & door knockers which due to its grade I listed status have remained pretty much unchanged since Georgian times. There’s even the Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa in the middle of it all should you wish to splurge & treat yourself a little!

Canal Walk

We actually parked up at Bathwick Hill, just outside of the city centre to start the skyline walk at Cleveland Walk for which we found free parking for the full day & were able to follow the canal from the city centre, back up through Bathwick fields & back to our car. For navigating we always use & highly recommend the app maps.me. Walking along the canal from the centre was the perfect end to our day & taking in views of the entire city just once more from Bathwick fields gave us one last moment to reflect on our awe-inspiring day out in the charming city of Bath.

We really hope you have enjoyed reading this post & we have given you some inspiration to visit the historic city of Bath. As always if you have anything at all you would like to add for must see’s in Bath or have any questions at all please add these to our comments below.

Happy exploring 🙂

Kelly & Adam

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In 2017 Kelly & Adam Peck embarked on a journey that would change their lives forever... 

Equipped with a couple of second-hand bikes, they took a one-way flight to Havana, Cuba &, after a cycling escapade that took them over four hundred kilometres - through remote villages & untouched landscapes, the roots of The Wilder Route were firmly planted. 

From there the adventure was destined to continue... this intrepid couple spent the next 10 months soaking up the vibrance of Mexico, hiking up volcanoes in Guatemala, taking in the wild scenery of Canada & experiencing the beauty & diversity of Colombia, before eventually returning to the UK. 

With the feeling of exploration in their souls, Kelly & Adam knew that they wanted to build a life that brought them closer to nature, a life that made adventure part of their every day. Selling most of their belongings & packing the rest of what they owned into their tiny home on wheels, van life became the next step of their journey.

Since moving into their motorhome in 2018 (a Bessacar E560 named Barnaby) they have experienced many more magical moments, built their online business on the road & have even planned a wedding & said "I do" along the way.

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