Join us and explore St Catherine’s Valley, one of the most enchanting vales in the Cotswolds. Featuring rolling fields, country paths and fantastic scenery, this guided walk near Bath offers a peaceful escape to a hidden valley and the charming hills of the Cotswolds.
Location: Batheaston, Somerset
Walk difficulty: Intermediate
Time: 3 to 3 ½ hours
Distance: 7.7 miles (12.4 km)
What to expect during this guided walk
St Catherine’s Valley is an enchanting vale in the South Cotswolds. Starting at the quaint village of Batheaston near Bath, we’ll first follow the bubbling St Catherine’s Brook and stroll across the bottom of St Catherine’s Valley. At every twist and turn of the vale, we’ll discover the breathtaking scenery of the rolling Cotswold hills.
This guided walk then leaves the lush valley behind, climbs a very steep hill and takes you along country paths. From the top of the hill, we’ll enjoy glorious views of the enchanting vale. Dropping back down into St Catherine’s Valley, we’ll further enjoy the peacefulness and charm of the Cotswold vale. We’ll spot the picturesque village of St Catherine and the imposing St Catherine’s Court, before making our way back to Batheaston.
“Had such a magical and peaceful long hike with amazing views. Sonia was great, she had great knowledge about the history of the area! Had a great day, would recommend” – Tyla
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How to get to St Catherine’s Valley
The St Catherine’s Valley guided walk starts at the village of Batheaston near Bath. We’ll meet at the kissing gate at the intersection of Steway Lane and Stambrook Park (BA1 7HW). The closest toilets, shops and pubs are located in the centre of Batheaston. If you’re driving, you can park along North End and Eagle Road (BA1 7HA).
From Bath, you can take the 3, 3A or X31 bus to Batheaston Stambridge (10 to 15 minutes), then walk from the high street to our meeting point (10 to 15 minutes). Find the itineraries and timetables for the 3 and 3A buses on firstbus.co.uk and for the X31 bus on faresaver.co.uk. Please note that the itineraries and timetables are subject to change, so thoroughly research your travel plans before setting off.
About Sonia, your walk leader
Hi, I’m Sonia and I’m passionate about walking, exploring and travelling. I’ve been a walker my whole life and an experienced hiker for the past 5 years. I’ve lived in South West England for over 6 years and I’m now based in the beautiful South Cotswolds. Throughout this guided walk, I’ll endeavour to share my passion and knowledge of the Cotswolds and St Catherine’s Valley.
“My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon with Sonia. We found her very approachable, knowledgeable and friendly. We felt at ease and the 4 hours flew by…If you want to see the untouched Cotswolds definitely book a walk with Sonia…” – Annie
What to bring on this walk
- Walking boots
- Water and snacks
Depending on the weather, you may also want to bring:
- Walking poles
- A camera
- Sunhat and sunscreen
- Warm hat and gloves
- Base layers
How to book your guided walk
You can book the St Catherine’s Valley guided walk on airbnb.co.uk. This guided walk near Bath runs most Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and costs £20 per person (subject to change). We can accommodate additional dates, please message us with your requirements.
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