GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Kelston Roundhill

4 miles (6 km)

This circular walk climbs to a splendid viewpoint from the Somerset village of Kelston.
The walk starts in Kelston village and follows footpaths north east to Coombe Barn. You can then pick up a section of the Cotswold Way to head up to the viewpoint at Prospect Hill, overlooking Bath Race Course.
The route then heads south to Kelston Roundhill, an ancient barrow which stands at a height of 218 metres. From here there are excellent views to the cities of Bath and Bristol, and over the Severn bridges to the Black Mountains of Wales. To the east you can also see the rolling hills of the Wiltshire Downs and the Mendip Hills are visible to the south.
After taking in the views the route then continues south east past Dean Hill before turning south west toward Dean Hill House. From here it is a short descent back into Kelston village.

Kelston Roundhill OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Kelston Roundhill Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Kelston Roundhill Pubs/Cafes

Head to the Old Crown for some refreshments after your walk. The pub serves fine food has a fabulous large garden to relax in on warmer days. The lovely open space won the Bath in Bloom and South West in Bloom awards in 2018. The pub also has some history having been a coaching inn back in the 17th century. You can find them in the village with a postcode of BA1 9AQ for your sat navs.

Kelston Roundhill Dog Walking

The hills make for a bracing walk for fit dogs. The Crown pub mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

You can extend your walking in the area by continuing south east along the Cotswold Way into Bath. Here you can pick up the popular Bath Canal Walk and Bath Skyline Walk.
Just a mile to the west there's the neighbouring village of Saltford. The circular Saltford Walk uses parts of the Bristol and Bath Railway Path, the River Avon Trail and the Two Rivers Way to visit the Kelston Brass Mills, Avon Valley Country Park and the riverside town of Keynsham.
A couple of miles to the south there's the noteworth village of Newton St Loe. The settlement includes the attractive Newton College and Newton Park where there's an 18th-century landscaped garden, designed by the famous landscape gardener Capability Brown. There's also a historic 18th century country house and a fine 17th century pub to see too.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Somerset Walks page.

Photos

Coombe Barn, Kelston - geograph.org.uk - 1754478

Coombe Barn, Kelston. A view ofthe barn from a green laneas it descends towards Kelston and the Avon valley. The line of the River Avon can be seen crossing the image above the three converted barns. Behind the trees left of centre is Saltford. The barn has three holiday cottages which are probably converted stables, to let.

Green lane to Kelston - geograph.org.uk - 1754376

Green lane to Kelston. This green lane offers great views of the Avon valley as it drops from Shiner's Wood to Coombe Barn and the village. In the distance are Saltford and Keynsham.

The Cotswold Way above Kelston - geograph.org.uk - 696404

The Cotswold Way above Kelston. Photo taken between Prospect Stile and Kelston Roundhill.

Prospect Stile on The Cotswold Way - geograph.org.uk - 128508

Prospect Stile on The Cotswold Way. The toposcope at Prospect Stile on the Cotswold Way. This view looks south towards Kelston Round Hill, which itself is a landmark seen from many miles around.

View from Lansdown (Clifton Suspension Bridge) - geograph.org.uk - 604284

View from Lansdown (Clifton Suspension Bridge). Brunel's masterpiece is where it should be, at the centre of the picture looking out at the sights of Bristol. The Cabot Tower is there on Brandon Hill, The Cathedral on College Green, the University Tower at the top of Park Street and many others.

View from Kelston Roundhill - panoramio

View from Kelston Roundhill

Pendean Farm from Dean Hill - geograph.org.uk - 908513

Pendean Farm from Dean Hill. The Cotswold Way follows the footpath through this field then onto a track at the bottom and up the hill on its way to Prospect Stile on Lansdown via Kelston Round Hill.

The Old Crown, Kelston - geograph.org.uk - 704833

The Old Crown, Kelston

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