Bath audio tour: Bath’s Canal Walk: Highlights from Pulteney Bridge to the Towpath

Bath’s Canal Walk: Highlights from Pulteney Bridge to the Towpath

Walking Tour

90 mins

About the Tour

Escape the crowds of the city centre and join me on my favourite scenic stroll through Bath. This walking tour will give you an opportunity to soak up the city’s incredible architecture and meander along the peaceful Kennet and Avon Canal. This walk is ideal for visitors who’d like to see a beautiful, historic side of Bath that’s often missed by tourists, where you may find it difficult to believe that you’re in the heart of the city!

During our walk, you’ll hear the fascinating stories behind Bath’s famous buildings as well as some of its lesser-known corners, including:

• Pulteney Bridge
• Bath’s longest boulevard, magnificent Great Pulteney Street
• The Recreation Ground, a famous spot for sports fans
• Jane Austen’s house
• Sydney Gardens, the place to be seen in the early 1800s

This 90-minute walk is predominantly on flat ground with a few steps in places, so is suitable for all ages. On a nice summer’s day, you could take a picnic to enjoy in the park, or purchase some refreshments at the park café.

At the end of the tour, I’ll leave you at a spot where you can either return to Bath's shops and museums or climb to my favourite viewpoint over the city centre if you’ve got the stamina. I look forward to guiding you around my city!

Tour Producer


Daniel H

I am a local guide in Bath who was born and grew up in the city. As a passionate traveller I have been fortunate to visit many places in the world but as they say: "there is no place like home"! Today I enjoy welcoming guests to my beautiful city and taking them on private tours of the city and the local area.

Major Landmarks

  • Pulteney Bridge

  • Great Pulteney Street

  • Jane Austen's house

  • Sydney Gardens

  • Kennet and Avon Canal

Directions to Starting Point

The tour starts outside the entrance to the Abbey Hotel (postcode: BA1 1LF). Located on North Parade it is just a few steps from the famous Sally Lunns cafe and a few minutes walk from the Bath Abbey and the Roman Baths. There are a number of car parks nearby (Bath Sports and Leisure Centre Car Park, Manvers Street Car Park, Southgate Car Park).

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Places to stop along the way

Holburne Museum (art museum). At the back of the museum there is also a cafe and within the Sydney Gardens there are public toilets (which may require a 20p piece to operate).

Best time of day

Anytime during sunlight hours. If there has been a lot of rain recently you may need to side-step large puddles on the tow-path by the canal.


Please take care when crossing roads and when you are on the path by the river and the canal do watch out for bicycles who use the same path.


I have done this tour twice now! It is a lovely flat walk away from the usual city sights that gives you an insight into the origins of Bath. Despite being a local I learned a lot! Daniel's engaging voice and clear directions make it very easy to follow. A relaxing (& educational!) way to spend an afternoon in the fresh air.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 8 months ago

Many thanks for taking the time to leave a review and for doing the tour twice! I've lost count of the number of times I have done this walk - it is such a great route and it never ceases to impress :) Wishing you many more wonderful walks around Bath, Daniel.

Posted by Daniel , 8 months ago

Did this tour at the weekend as an afternoon activity and very much enjoyed it. Despite being a native of Bath, I really appreciated the tips and facts, many of which I didn't know. The narrator has a friendly, clear voice and knows his stuff. It's a great route with lots of lovely views. Wear sturdy shoes as the canal path can be a little muddy.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 9 months ago

Many thanks for your lovely review. I am glad you had a great time on the tour, it is one of my favourite walks in Bath! Sturdy shoes are a good tip, the canal path is prone to puddles when there has been rain and can get a little muddy, I hope the weather was dry for you :)

Posted by Daniel , 8 months ago
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Bath’s Canal Walk: Highlights from Pulteney Bridge to the Towpath