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Bristol and Bath

Visiting two historic cities on a West Country break

  • England

  • 4 nights
  • Half Board
  • Sightseeing

  • Feb

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    Nov

Leisurely

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Leisurely

Grade 3 Sightseeing

Easy countryside walking with plenty of breaks, normally taking up the whole day. You are unlikely to walk more than 6 miles and the cumulative ascents and descents will be gradual and range from minimal to 300m. Some days of this holiday will be dedicated solely to sightseeing (or include an element of sightseeing). To enhance your experience, a knowledgeable local guide will accompany your small group for part (or the majority) of the holiday.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • A Blue Badge Guide to take us through Bristol's colourful and controversial history
  • Enjoy stunning views from the top of the Clifton Suspension bridge
  • Experience the Georgian Bath with our Blue Badge guide
  • Walk a section of the Bath skyline trail and savour a view of Sham Castle

A West Country Walking Holiday

Two beautiful and sharply contrasting cities: what a great recipe for a long weekend! Bristol is a city steeped in culture, with colourful architecture and lovely surrounding countryside. Neighbouring Bath, named after the magnificently preserved Roman baths, is another alluring destination. This fantastic city break offers us culture, history, good food, plenty of walking, expert guides and like-minded company! 

We’ll stay in the lively centre of Bristol, where the city’s highlights are within easy reach on foot. We start our first day with a morning walking tour of this characterful area with our Blue Badge guide, concentrating on the historic centre and the inner docks. 

In the afternoon, our group leader will continue the exploration further, heading to the outer docks on a pleasant walking itinerary. Those of you with a keen interest in history may want to visit the S.S. Great Britain (entrance not included).

The next day is spent in Bath, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our Blue Badge guide will lead us as we wander down the Georgian streets. The honey-coloured Cotswold building stone makes this a hugely attractive city. With a history dating back to 60 AD, there is plenty to learn here. After experiencing the intriguing architecture, we venture into the surrounding countryside, with a walk taking in a small section of the Skyline Trail and towpath of the Kennet and Avon canal.

On the final day, we will bus up to Clifton from Bristol centre to explore bohemian Clifton and cross one of the most famous bridges in Britain. You’ll be taking in stunning views while getting a lungful of country air.  On the west side of the bridge, we can explore Leigh Woods, an area that offers fabulous views of the Avon Gorge. On our way back we may also stop in one of Clifton’s delightful tea shops.


  • Half board accommodation in our central Bristol hotel
  • The services of a Ramblers Walking Holidays group leader
  • Blue Badge Guided tours of Bristol and Bath
  • All transport to complete the itinerary
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Lunches
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival day

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Arrival at our centrally located hotel. Our leader will meet with everyone before dinner to make introductions and explain something of the itinerary for the holiday.

Day 2

Bristol and Clifton

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

After breakfast we will meet with our guide at our hotel to begin our 2 hour walking tour of Bristol. The city is littered with fine buildings to enjoy. We will also delve into its controversial past . Few will have been unaware of the issues over the city's connection with the slave trade. This connection was particularly highlighted by the controversial removal of the statue of Edward Colston. Hopefully we can enjoy some informed debate over the situation. Our guide will concentrate on the city and inner dock, of course taking in some of the work of Bristol's most famous artist, Banksy.. This afternoon our Ramblers Walking Holidays leader will lead a walk around the docks taking in more sites. We will pass the SS Great Britain, at one stage the longest passenger ship ever built. This can be visited but it is not included in the holiday and would need to booked in advance. 

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    50m

Day 3

Bath

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Situated a short train ride further inland along the Avon valley to the south east of Bristol, Bath perhaps outshines its big brother for architectural finery. The Georgian terraces of local bath stone set the scene of one of the most picturesque cities in Britain. Our Blue Badge guide will show us the highlights, with tales of Austen, Gainsborough and Nash. We have a 2hour walking tour to discover the city's delights. In the afternoon our Ramblers Walking Holidays tour leader will lead a walk taking in a short section of the Bath Skyline Trail with outstanding views over the city. We hope to take in Sham Castle and also a section on the Kennet & Avon canal towpath on our return to the city centre.

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200m

Day 4

Clifton and the Avon Gorge

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Today we will explore Clifton, high on the hill above Bristol. We will catch the bus up through Bristol to Clifton village and its famous suspension bridge. On the western end of the bridge we will walk through Leigh Woods with some superb viewpoints of the Avon Gorge below. Clifton offers many opportunities for eating and drinking. Time will be set aside further exploration.

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200m

Day 5

Departure day

Meals

Breakfast

After breakfast at the hotel we will depart for home.

Departure dates for your selected tour

11th Nov 2021 - 15th Nov 2021 (4 Nights)

18th Nov 2021 - 22nd Nov 2021 (4 Nights)

17th Feb 2022 - 21st Feb 2022 (4 Nights)

17th Mar 2022 - 21st Mar 2022 (4 Nights)

Travel Details

To reach the hotel…

by car: M4 from the east or west.

Exit Junction 19 and take M32 to Junction 1. Although the hotel offers paid parking spaces it would need to be booked direct with the hotel. It is not recommended to drive into the centre of Bristol. Bristol does have various park and ride options into the centre. https://travelwest.info/park-ride

by rail: Bristol Temple Meads Station is situated on the Intercity Rail Network with direct trains from London Paddington. The station is situated less than one mile from the hotel.

Taxis from Temple Meads Station station will cost approximately £5.00.  It is only a five minute taxi ride to the hotel.

You may also wish to look at the following website for advice on the best way to travel to the accommodation: www.rome2rio.com 

The AA and RAC both offer free and detailed on-line route planning facilities on their websites which may help you find our hotels. Details can be found at: www.theaa.co.uk and www.rac.co.uk 

Please check the time of dinner on arrival at the hotel, and aim to be in the hotel bar half an hour before dinner (approximately 7pm) for an introduction to your Ramblers Walking Holidays tour leader, an outline of the planned programme for your holiday and the chance to meet your walking companions.


Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Mercure Bristol Holland House Hotel

Close by the city centre and dockland development, the Mercure Bristol Holland House is ideally located for exploring the city. Pleasant rooms have flat-screen TV, Wi-Fi and desks, as well as minifridges, and tea & coffeemaking facilities. Amenities include an extensive breakfast buffet, as well as a modern restaurant/bar serving international cuisine. There's also a spa with an exercise room and heated indoor pool.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This is a Grade 3 leisurely holiday which includes countryside walking with plenty of breaks, normally taking up the whole day, and is likely to include an element of sightseeing. You are unlikely to walk more than 8 miles and the cumulative ascents and descents will be gradual and range from minimal to up to about 300m. See the 'Proposed Itinerary' section for more information.

Walks & Excursions

Local Transport Costs

All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.

Optional Excursions

A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.

Tipping

Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high. In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.

Your Travel Details

To reach the hotel…

by car: M4 from the east or west.

Exit Junction 19 and take M32 to Junction 1. Although the hotel offers paid parking spaces they would need to be booked direct with the hotel. It is not recommended to drive into the centre of Bristol. Bristol does have various park and ride options into the centre. https://travelwest.info/park-ride

by rail: Bristol Temple Meads Station is situated on the Intercity Rail Network with direct trains from London Paddington. The station is situated less than one mile from the hotel.

Taxis from Temple Meads Station station will cost approximately £5.00.  It is only a five minute taxi ride to the hotel.

You may also wish to look at the following website for advice on the best way to travel to the accommodation: www.rome2rio.com 

The AA and RAC both offer free and detailed on-line route planning facilities on their websites which may help you find our hotels. Details can be found at: www.theaa.co.uk and www.rac.co.uk 

Please check the time of dinner on arrival at the hotel, and aim to be in the hotel bar half an hour before dinner (approximately 7pm) for an introduction to your Ramblers Walking Holidays tour leader, an outline of the planned programme for your holiday and the chance to meet your walking companions.

Personal Details Check

To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Passports and Visas

Passport Information for United Kingdom

Any non UK or EU citizens may be subject to passport, identity card or visa requirements to enter the United Kingdom.

Meals

Accommodation is on a half board basis with buffet breakfasts and dinners taken at the hotel. Picnic lunches are not included.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Good quality waterproof walking shoes or trail shoes with a thick, moulded sole with a good tread and a low heel are likely to be all that is required for these holidays. If you are a frequent walker and are comfortable in good quality hiking sandals, these may be adequate for some walks. You can wear lightweight walking boots if you prefer.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun screen
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the days activity)
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Reusable Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Holiday booking confirmation document
  • Travel insurance details (if applicable)
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: [email protected]

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.

Health Advice for United Kingdom

No compulsory immunisations are required for holidays in the UK although you should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended for life in Britain. Tetanus immunisation is recommended.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

Although not compulsory for British and EU citizens resident in the UK, we strongly recommend that you take out travel insurance to cover you in the event of eventualities such as unexpected cancellation, accident or illness before your holiday or the loss of personal possessions.

Visitors who are not British Citizens (or who are not EU citizens resident in the UK), must be adequately insured to join our holidays and will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.

Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements. 

Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.  

As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.

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