GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Little Solsbury Hill Walk

3 miles (5.5 km)

This circular walk climbs this small hill made famous by the Peter Gabriel song 'Solsbury Hill'.
The walk starts in the village of Batheaston, following footpaths to the hill summit and the ancient Iron Age Hill Fort. From here there are super views over Bath and the surrounding countryside of the River Avon valley.
The route then heads along Chilcombe Bottom to Northend, passing two reservoirs on the way. The last section follows the waymarked Limestone Link back to Batheaston.
If you're coming from the centre of Bath you can reach the hill by following the Kennet and Avon Canal to Bathampton and then picking up the Limestone Link to take you to Little Solsbury Hill.

Postcode

BA1 7HB - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Little Solsbury Hill OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Little Solsbury Hill Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

Head a little south of the hill and you could pay a visit to The Bathampton Mill. The restaurant is located in a splendid spot right next to the River Avon. There's a lovely large garden and courtyard area where you can relax with views over the water. Inside there's a sylish interior with a log fire and delicious Mediterranean cuisine to sample from the menu. You can find them right on the river on Mill Lane with a postcode of BA2 6TS for your sat navs. There's also a large car park if you wanted to start a walk from there.

Dog Walking

The hill is a popular place for dog walkers. You will probably see other owners on your visit. The Bathampton Mill pub mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The circular Bathampton Walk starts just south of the hill and visits Monkton Coombe, Limpley Stoke and the excellent American Museum at Claverton. The museum is one of the highlights of the area and well worth a visit. It takes you on a journey through the history of America with exhibitionsand a finecollection of folk and decorative arts. There's also 125 acres of grounds with views of the Limpley Stoke Valley and the River Avon.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Somerset Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Trig point on Little Solsbury Hill (geograph 1646537)

Trig point on Little Solsbury Hill

Walking the dogs on Little Solsbury Hill - geograph.org.uk - 818669

Walking the dogs on Little Solsbury Hill. With north Somerset in the background.

Bullock on Little Solsbury Hill - geograph.org.uk - 821357

Bullock on Little Solsbury Hill. The appearance of these animals is a little daunting but they are usually quite timid. The view beyond is toward Kingsdown while Box is hidden in the valley.

Little Solsbury Hill Fort - geograph.org.uk - 808930

Little Solsbury Hill Fort. Looking down on Larkhall with the centre of Bath in the background

North West from Little Solsbury Hill - geograph.org.uk - 821331

The view north west from the hill. Using the 200mm lens we can pick out Langridge with Langridge Lane heading up the hill to Upper Langridge and Lansdown.

Circles on Solsbury Hill - geograph.org.uk - 1816458

Circles on Solsbury Hill. These circles in the grass are the relic of the Batheaston Road Protest created as part of some eco-magic ritual intended to stop construction of the bypass – along which the traffic now thunders.

South east from Little Solsbury Hill - geograph.org.uk - 821354

Looking south east from the hill top. The River Avon is prominent to the right and the A363 climbs the hill beyond on its way to Bradford on Avon. We have a glimpse of Batheaston to the left and a good look at Bathford further on. The Batheaston Bypass and the main rail line between Bristol, Bath and Paddington run side by side across the middle of the picture though both can hardly be seen.

Looking south east from Little Solsbury Hill - geograph.org.uk - 818716

Looking south east. On a day with a little mist in the air the Westbury Cement Works chimney ST8852 can only be identified by its emissions (steam not smoke). The main feature in between is the eastern side of the Avon valley near Warleigh.

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

Little Solsbury Hill.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Little Solsbury Hill.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)