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Enjoy a green escape within the city

Tucked away between the seven surrounding hills the UNESCO World Heritage City is likely most commonly known for its marvellous Georgian architecture, iconic crescent and Roman Baths, but there is a whole lot more to the beautiful city of Bath than initially meets the eye. The beating heart of this dazzling sandstone labyrinth is filled with luscious pockets of green space where flora and fauna thrive in the mild climate, making it an ideal base to explore nature’s playground.

Visitors to the city may wish to check out the bodacious borders of Parade Gardens, hidden along the banks of the River Avon, beneath the iconic spirals of Bath Abbey the manicured lawns are great for bathing in the warmer months, with direct views to the iconic Palladian Pulteney Bridge. Within a short stroll of Great Pulteney Street you can also follow in the favoured footsteps of Jane Austen, who was commonly found enjoying the recreation of Sydney Gardens, which backs onto the beautiful towpath of the Kennet and Avon Canal.

Towards the other side of town beneath the renowned moon shape of the Royal Crescent is Royal Victoria Park, which provides a plethora of space for all-ages with a vast lawn, picnic area, duck pond, an adventure playground, woodland dell and botanic gardens all at your disposal. However, if it’s a view you’re after Alexandra Park provides panoramic views over the city’s skyline, despite the compact size and gradient to reach, the far-stretching views beyond Bath to the Cotswolds are worth the steep climb.

A bit further up Widcombe Hill, you can pick up the Bath Skyline, a 10km circuit that reveals just how cuddled by countryside this World Heritage city is. The impressive route encompasses woodland, sheep grazed fields, an Iron Age hill fort, an 18th-century folly and fine city views. Whether you planning for a city break or a real escape to the country, this spectacular city on the edge of the Cotswolds has enough green space to please all, no matter your vacation.

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