These beautiful green spaces clean our air, give us shelter, allow us to share time, space, and conversation together, and to play and relax together, with multiple benefits to our health and wellbeing.
Our landscape city
Bath is a landscape city, surrounded by hills and valleys that come right into the city centre, making it easy to get out and explore. We are the lead partner in the Bathscape Landscape Partnership Scheme, a National Lottery funded scheme which seeks to restore and enhance the countryside in and around Bath, and help ensure it is appreciated and actively enjoyed by more people, both residents and visitors alike.
As part of the COVID-19 recovery and renewal work, a working group was put together to animate an empty shop window. This shows just how green our city is, and how easy it is to find a green space within walking distance.
Our landscape city map is a collaborative effort from the following teams and organisations who created this walking map of the area (it doesn’t show everything, as there are so many green spaces to enjoy, as well as walking and cycling routes in every corner of the area!).
We hope to produce similar maps covering the whole of BANES and beyond eventually.
Work on your wellbeing
We all know that the great outdoors benefits our physical health, but we’re also becoming more aware that spending time in parks, gardens, woodlands and other green spaces can improve our mental health and wellbeing too. It can help reduce stress, anxiety and even soften symptoms of depression.
It is recommended that we carry out about 150 minutes of physical activity each week, but there’s also significant evidence that exposure to nature for at least 120 minutes each week can help maintain positive mental health.
Find our green spaces
Find green spaces, parks, gardens, woodlands and countryside to explore and enjoy in Bath and North East Somerset.
The hills, valleys, grasslands and woodlands of the Bathscape area surrounding Bath are yours to discover and enjoy. Find out more about the area, find new places to explore on the map, or volunteer to help restore this beautiful landscape.
Our parks team (within B&NES council) work hard to create spaces for you to enjoy, from creating special memories in them, to giving your health and wellbeing a boost. Visit our web page for a list of all our parks on offer for you to visit, or to find out more about the work our parks team do.
Visit our Public Rights of Way (PRoW) web pages to find out where you can access our local outdoors and where you can walk amongst the beautiful countryside. You can find an array of walk leaflets on our web pages, as well as an online mapping tool, revealing a variety of walking routes in the area.
GetOutside was founded by Ordnance Survey and has come together with over 50 national organisations in the outdoor recreation industry to create this website. GetOutside includes a series of guides for walking and cycling routes, family activities, and various places to visit in Great Britain. The Get Outside Hub includes a multitude of ideas and inspiration of ways to be active outdoors safely, including Create your own map art and Tree Trumps. There’s lots of inspiration on ways to keep connected with the outdoors including Virtual Forest Bathing, and there’s also an app you can download.
The Avon Wildlife Trust website has information on how to explore wildlife and connect with nature. There is also an inspiring Wellbeing with Nature course supporting people to learn new skills, build confidence and lead healthier lives through experiencing nature and being outdoors. You can also find a nature reserve to visit near you.
Start 2 demonstrates how you can use your natural creative skills to maintain and improve your wellbeing. There are lots of creative activities designed for you by experts in the field of arts and health including Be Active – making faces in places – a smile a day and Be Active – Photographic scavenger hunt.
Visit Bath’s audio walking tours are perfect for taking in the historical aspects of Bath. They showcase museums and impressive architecture, and reveal how people lived here in Georgian times. Why not try the ‘In the Footsteps of Jane Austen’ audio walking tour, which takes you around the highlights of Bath and includes extracts from Jane Austen’s novels and letters.
Download the free audio guides and maps for each of these tours from the Visit Bath website.
We have lots of walks in Bath and North East Somerset which sum up west country wildlife and the history of the River Avon, including the range of accessible river and canal trails. As part of the new WaterSpace Partnership, you can download maps for Bath, Saltford, Keynsham and River Avon walking trails from our river and canal walks web pages.
Colliers Way is a multi-use path, which connects Bath with Radstock and Frome. Largely tracing the route of old railways and quiet lanes, this relaxing and mainly traffic-free cycling and walking path is perfect for novice cyclists and families, as well as walkers.
Download the free Active10 app on your smartphone, which allows you to track your walking minutes and your 10-minute bouts of brisk walking, known as 'Active 10s'. Why not set yourself a daily goal, too? For a range of different NHS apps which aim to improve your health and wellbeing, from the Couch25K app of step-by-step audio instructions, to eQuoo: Emotional Fitness Game app, which can help improve your emotional fitness, visit the One You website.
How can I get involved?
You can get involved in any of the following ways:
- Volunteer for Bathscape – they need walk leaders and nature champions to help with outdoor work and help develop new walking routes
- Volunteer for our parks team or other park groups (you can also support the Parks Foundation)
- Find out generally how how you can get involved, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 07530263196. Alternatively, call Bathscape on 01225 47 72 65.