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Tormarton to Bath

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The initial section of today's walk takes you through farmland, woodland and meadows to the pretty village of Cold Ashton. Leaving Cold Ashton, the Cotswold Way takes you across fields and historic battlefields before descending into the Regency splendour of Bath and with that the end of your adventure!

Distance 27.1 km
8:00 h
377 m
529 m
235 m
24 m

From Tormarton the route goes over the busy M4 motorway before veering off into the more peaceful countryside. The country lanes take you to the edge of Dyrham Park and past Hinton Hill with its ancient hill fort. Through the hamlet of Dryham and past the National Trust Dyrham House with its exquisite gardens, you finally arrive in the quiet village of Cold Ashton with its marvellous southerly aspect. 

Leaving Cold Ashton the route crosses the A46 for the last time and heads along Greenway Lane before the ascent up onto Lansdown Hill. Crossing the Civil War battlefield to the Grenville Monument, the Cotswold Way heads out to the scarp edge at Hanging Hill and around Bath Race Course to Prospect Stile Viewpoint and fine vistas of your final destination. Now it’s downhill and through the suburbs, parks and historic streets of Bath to the finish at the Abbey.

Author’s recommendation

Enjoy the final day of peace and tranquillity in the Cotswold countryside before the hustle and bustle of the tourist honeypot of Bath. Reflect on your personal achievement and savour the moment – it has been a long way from Chipping Campden. Be sure to also make the most of Bath's excellent choice of restaurants/cafes and pubs before you depart on your onward travel day.

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Update: August 30, 2022
Highest point
235 m
Lowest point
24 m

Track types

Asphalt 14.77%Dirt road 10.40%Forested/wild trail 8.53%Path 26.20%Road 0.77%Unknown 39.30%
4 km
Dirt road
2.8 km
Forested/wild trail
2.3 km
7.1 km
0.2 km
10.6 km
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Rest stops

Church of St Mary Magdalene
The Compass Inn
The Bull
General Supplies Food & Drink - Pennsylvania Garage
Holy Trinity Church
Cold Ashton
Il Mercato Di Bath
General Food & Drink Supplies - Weston
The Western
The Old Crown
8E Chelsea Road
Hare & Hounds
Royal Crescent (& The Circus shortly After)
The Bell Inn
The Jane Austen Centre
The Ivy
Garrick's Head
The Raven
The Roman Baths Museum
Sotto Sotto
The White Hart
Sally Lunn's Historic Eating House and Museum
Themae Bath Spa
The Pump Room Restaurant

Safety information

The only hazard you will encounter today is traffic. The main roads you have to cross today can be extremely busy at peak times. Please exercise extreme care and only cross when the road is clear.

When walking around the Golf Course be alert for golfers playing their shots and always remember to give way if needed.

The Cotswold Way is well marked so navigation should be straightforward. Look out for the acorn signs which are the National Trail Markers.

Tips and hints

Points of Interest

Please see the interactive map for notable points of interest along the walk, including recommended pubs/restaurants and cafe stops.  Simply click the icons on the map for more information as you walk. 


Food and Drink

There is no shop in Tormarton only a pub with limited opening hours. There is a garage shop in Pennsylvania as you approach Cold Ashton - this is on the main road and opens all week. Please note the White Hart near Cold Ashton mentioned in some guidebooks is no longer a hotel. There are shops in Weston on the outskirts of Bath. In Bath itself, you are back to the common comforts of everyday city living so there is plenty of options for food and drink and we've listed our favourites as points of interest on the map.


Packed lunch is recommended today, as there are little to no towns or villages until you reach Weston which is on the outskirts of Bath. You will arrive at Weston after around 23 kilometres worth of walking, where there are some shops and pubs but likely too late for lunch.

Post Walk Drinks

The Raven or the Garrick's Head - Whilst there are plenty of options in Bath, The Raven and Garrick's Head are historic traditional pubs that are not too far from the end of the Cotswold Way.


Public Transport

A taxi is probably a better/cheaper alternative than public transport.

There are various ways to get to Bath from Tormarton but it likely requires multiple connecting journeys (varies depending on the time of day and a google search is probably the best option to check this at the time you wish to make this journey). 

Please note that bus services may be affected by public bank holidays in the UK and in some cases may run a limited service or no service at all on weekends.


Recommended Local Taxi Services along the Cotswold Way

 Northwick Private Hire (Chipping Campden Area): +44 (0) 1386 701 806

TDM Taxis (Broadway Area): +44 (0) 7919 160 630

Starline Taxi (Cheltenham/Charlton Kings Area): +44 (0) 1242 250 250

Galaxy Private Hire (Dursley/Painswick/Wotton-Under-Edge Area): +44 (0) 7796 545 261

V Cars (Alternative for Wotton-Under-Edge Area): +44 (0) 1793 701 701


St Mary's Church, Tormarton (166 m)
OS Grid
ST 76899 78853
51.508136, -2.334244
51°30'29.3"N 2°20'03.3"W
30U 546203 5706544
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Bath Abbey and Pump Rooms, Bath

Turn-by-turn directions

*** To help you follow the route with confidence we have provided full written turn-by-turns to aid you on your walk from Tormarton to Bath. We strongly suggest that you follow the GPS tracks in the Macs Adventure smartphone app to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and problem-free day.  The daily maps can also be printed from the web version of the app should you wish to take paper copies with you. ***


DISCLAIMER: Please note, the distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the direct routes at the time of our pathfinder walking them (this excludes walking to/from your accommodation to the start/end point, or for example coming off the path for lunch). There may be some slight discrepancies/small diversions that make the distances slightly out compared to your own mapping software (Strava/Garmin/Apple Watch).


0.00km – With your back to the stone stile and facing the church, TURN RIGHT along the pavement. Just past the bus shelter TURN LEFT and GO STRAIGHT ON along Marshfield Road and across the M4 Motorway. Take care here as there is no pavement.

0.90 km – Just over the motorway bridge TURN RIGHT along the small tarmac road, signposted Cotswold Way to Dyrham. GO STRAIGHT ON towards the farm.

1.30 km = Arriving at the barn, BEAR LEFT past the farm on the left and GO STRAIGHT ON between the buildings into the field. Follow the wooden marker posts and the stone wall on the right for approx 1km.

2.40 km – At the end of the wall TURN RIGHT by a wooden marker post and follow the path slightly downhill. In 50m BEAR LEFT through the trees and GO STRAIGHT ON along the path to the busy A46 main road.

3.00 km – Cross the road at the traffic island with care and TURN RIGHT along the small tarmac lane. Just before the No Entry road signs TURN LEFT into the wood following the path signposted to Dyrham. GO STRAIGHT ON around the edge of the wood with good views ahead.

3.80 km =Just past the end of the wood TURN LEFT at the wooden marker post and GO STRAIGHT ON towards the wind turbine and under the power cables to the tarmac road.

4.70 km – At the main road GO STRAIGHT ON, down the small tarmac lane opposite. 

5.10 km – On the bend, just in front of the barns TURN RIGHT and GO STRAIGHT ON following the path beside the stone wall of Dyrham Park on the left for approx 1km. You pass Hinton Hill fort on the right before reaching a tarmac road.

6.30 km – At the road, TURN LEFT and GO STRAIGHT ON past the church and Dyrham House on the left.

6.60 km – At a Y-shaped road junction with a welcome seat, BEAR LEFT up the tarmac lane between the buildings signposted Cotswold Way.

6.80 km – At the village road sign for Dyrham, TURN RIGHT through the hedge onto the path signposted to Cold Ashton. There is another thoughtfully provided tree seat here. GO STRAIGHT ON through the fields for approx 2km following the wooden marker posts. You will pass a pond on the right, cross a wooden footbridge; go up through Dryham Wood and onto a gravel track to the road.

8.90 km – At the main road, cross with care and BEAR LEFT through a metal gate. In 50m TURN RIGHT through another metal gate and GO STRAIGHT ON down the side of the field to reach the main A46 road. If you are staying at Swan Cottage turn left here, and go past the garage. 

9.60 km – Cross the busy main road with extreme care and GO STRAIGHT ON across the field on the path signposted to Cold Ashton. Cross the stone stile and BEAR LEFT to the road.

10.20 km – At the main road TURN LEFT past the village sign, The Folly and the cottages and the former White Hart Hotel. Opposite the bus stop TURN RIGHT across the road and GO STRAIGHT ON along the lane and through the churchyard to Cold Ashton.

10.70 km – At the tarmac road TURN RIGHT and GO STRAIGHT ON to the bench beside the red post box in the wall. Sitting at the bench seat by the red wall post box, TURN RIGHT and GO STRAIGHT ON along the tarmac road past the village hall and out of Cold Ashton.

11.10 km – At the Y-shaped road junction BEAR LEFT downhill to the busy A46 and cross with care. GO STRAIGHT ON along the tarmac Greenway Lane for approx 1.5km, passing the plant centre towards Vale Court Farm

12.60 km – On the bend at the bottom of the hill, BEAR RIGHT over the stream and go into the woods, following the path signposted Cotswold Way. GO STRAIGHT ON across the fields and past the lake on the left.

13.30 km – Arriving at Brook Cottage, TURN LEFT over the cattle grid then at the second one BEAR RIGHT uphill on the signposted Cotswold Way path. GO STRAIGHT ON up the hill following the wooden marker posts towards Lansdowne Hill.

14.00 km – At a metal gate past a bench seat GO STRAIGHT ON following the path around the left side of the field. Then BEAR LEFT through a wooden gate in the hedge and TURN RIGHT onto a small lane.

14.50. km – At the end of the lane by a metal gate GO STRAIGHT ON up to the stone stile and memorial stone to the Battle of Lansdowne fought here in 1643.

14.70 km – Cross the stone stile and GO STRAIGHT ON across the field and through a small wood to reach the Granville Monument (This is the oldest recorded war memorial in Britain)d on to reach the main road.

15.40 km – Cross the road with care to the other side, and then TURN RIGHT through the hedge onto a small tarmac lane. In 100m on the bend, BEAR RIGHT through a wooden gate onto the path signposted Cotswold Way and GO STRAIGHT ON along the edge of the woods.

15.90 km – At a metal gate TURN RIGHT onto a tarmac lane then almost immediately BEAR LEFT at the battlefield marker and go past the radio mast. GO STRAIGHT ON towards Hanging Hill with great views of Bristol ahead.

16.40 km – At the point of Hanging Hill, TURN LEFT through the wooden gate past the triangulation pillar and GO STRAIGHT ON along the side of the field by the stone wall.

16.80 km – At a wooden gate TURN LEFT across the golf course and GO STRAIGHT ON around the left side of the fairway.

17.40 km – Near the end of the golf course, at a track junction, TURN RIGHT onto the path signposted Cotswold Way, and GO STRAIGHT ON now on the right side of the golf course.

18.50 km – Leaving the golf course at a wooden gate, GO STRAIGHT ON downhill then in 50m BEAR LEFT at a wooden marker post, towards a metal gate. Extensive views open up ahead.

18.70 km – At the point of the hill and by the wooden marker post TURN LEFT up to a metal gate, then GO STRAIGHT ON following the prominent path around the edges of the fields and eventually Bath Race Course.

19.80 km – At the corner of the racecourse, by the Prospect Stile and viewpoint, BEAR LEFT through the wooden gate and past the bench seat. These are the first views of Bath, your final destination. GO STRAIGHT ON downhill on the prominent path following the wooden marker posts towards Kelston Round Hill.

20.90 km – Just past Kelston Round Hill, go through a metal gate, then BEAR LEFT and GO STRAIGHT ON around the edge of the fields for approx 1km.

22.00 km – At a small tarmac road BEAR LEFT past the cottage and over a wooden stile. GO STRAIGHT ON through the field on the Cotswold Way signed path. Follow the path as it descends off the hill, across the sports field and down to the road.

23.00 km – At the corner of the sports field TURN LEFT onto the road and just past the bus shelter BEAR LEFT down Penn Hill Road. At the bottom of the road cross using the pedestrian crossing and TURN RIGHT onto Church Street. On Church Street, BEAR LEFT up the pedestrian walkway up past the church following the signposts 

23.50 km – Just past the church TURN LEFT along Church Street, following the Cotswold Way signposts and GO STRAIGHT ON over another road and through a gate onto Primrose Hill.

23.80 km – TURN RIGHT through the gate and GO STRAIGHT ON following the wooden marker posts to reach a road. GO STRAIGHT ON up the tarmac footpath and steps on the other side and onto Summer Hill Road.

24.60 km – At a road junction TURN RIGHT down Sion Hill to the bottom and round the bend. Just past Ormonde House TURN RIGHT onto the signposted path beside a golf course. GO STRAIGHT ON to the bottom of the road, across the pedestrian crossing and down the side of the Royal Victoria Park.

25.60 km – At the bottom of the hill TURN LEFT past the Victoria Monument and through the ornate gate. Then TURN LEFT up Marlborough Buildings for 20m then TURN RIGHT and GO STRAIGHT ON in front of the Royal Terrace.

26.10 km – Just past the Royal Crescent TURN LEFT then in 20m TURN RIGHT into Brock Street. At the end of the street, BEAR RIGHT into The Circus and go down Gay Street.

26.60 km – Halfway down Gay Street at the traffic lights, TURN LEFT onto Old King Street, then BEAR RIGHT into John Street.

26.70 km – At the crossroads opposite the archway, TURN LEFT onto Quiet Street, then TURN RIGHT and GO STRAIGHT ON down Burton Street and onto Union Street, to the left of the Mineral Baths.

27.00 km – Halfway down Union Street through a portico on the left is the entrance to the Pump Rooms and Bath Abbey and the end of your walk and the end of the Cotswold Way - Congratulations, we hope you've had an amazing journey!


*** This is the end of our Tormarton to Bath route and congratulations on completing the Cotswold Way! ***


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OS Grid
ST 76899 78853
51.508136, -2.334244
51°30'29.3"N 2°20'03.3"W
30U 546203 5706544
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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DISCLAIMER: Please note, the distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the direct routes at the time of our pathfinder walking them (this excludes walking to/from your accommodation to the start/end point, or for example coming off the path for lunch). There may be some slight discrepancies/small diversions that make the distances slightly out compared to your own mapping software (Strava/Garmin/Apple Watch).


Good comfortable boots or walking shoes are recommended. The ground can be quite soft and the paths are well used by walkers and riders. Whilst the terrain is not particularly difficult it can be muddy with some waterlogged stretches after heavy rain. Walking poles are an option if preferred. The British weather is changeable so waterproofs should also be carried just in case.

Ensure your phone is fully charged; if you doubt the battery will last throughout the hike/or if you have an older phone, it might be beneficial to bring a power bank as a backup.

There are limited opportunities on today's walk to buy food and drink until you reach the outskirts of Bath. Please ensure you bring enough snacks and fluids with you.

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8:00 h
377 m
529 m
Highest point
235 m
Lowest point
24 m


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