Summer is on its way to Combe Grove and wild flowers are springing up all over the estate. Bath & North East Somerset are truly beautiful in any season and we highly encourage our visitors to get outside to explore in the fresh air. So, we have put together some of our favourite ways to experience Bath in the great outdoors – grab your hats and sun cream and off we go!  

The Boating Station

Take a trip down the river Avon and explore Bath at a different pace. The Avon is home to much of Bath’s wildlife, if you’re lucky, you may even spot an otter.The boating station offers Thames skiffs, Canadian canoes, kayaks and punts all available to hire by the hour or day.For a more leisurely tour, climb aboard a Riverboat to Pulteney Weir to learn more about the city’s history. Open from Wednesday to Sunday and on Bank Holidays from 10.00am to 5.30pm. For more information and to book, click here.  

Bath by bike

Hop on a bike and head out of the city along the canal to explore Bath’s surrounding countryside and villages. Cycle Combe Down Tunnel, the longest cycling tunnel in the UK, and pass Midford Castle on your way to Dundas Aqueduct before heading back into town to the infamous Pulteney Bridge.  Or you could make your way along the railway path into Bristol passing the Gaius Sentius Fountain – with the option of returning on the train for those who feel 13 miles is far enough! Bikes are available to hire from Bath Bike Hire at the bottom of Brassknocker Hill and in the city from four nextbike stations. For more information, please visit nextbike.  

Wild Swimming at Farleigh Hungerford

Just a 15-minute drive from Combe Grove is the idyllic Stowford Manor Farm, home to Farleigh and District Swimming Club. Founded in 1933, the swimming club it is one of the few remaining river swimming clubs in the country. The site is equipped with changing facilities and loos, so why not take a dip in the river and dry off in the sun with a picnic. Open from May to mid-September, it’s only £1.50 for adults and 50p for children to swim all day, perfect for a long Summer afternoon. For directions and more information, please visit the Farleigh and District Swimming Club website.  

Bath Skyline – Walk to the View

Take a stroll to the city edge and look down at splendorous Bath and the encompassing hills. Starting at Ralph Allen’s town house, the walk takes you on a chronological trail of Georgian Bath to the viewpoint and back down to the Abbey. Head to the Tourist Office, situated near the Abbey to pick up your map.   If you would like any further advice on things to do in and around Bath, get in touch with us on