Outdoors and Active
Bath nourishes the body as well as the mind. The city is brimming with sports, activities and adventures. It’s the complete A-to-Z of get-up-and-go things to do, from hot air ballooning to walking, rowing to cycling. And if you’d prefer to watch not participate, you can cheer on Bath Rugby at the Rec or enjoy a day at the races at Bath Racecourse.
Our countryside is also bursting with things to do. A good choice of outdoor activity centres lay on clay pigeon shooting, climbing, quad biking and driving experiences (the latter at Castle Combe, one of the UK’s fastest circuits) – not to mention quirky fun days out for groups that involve themed games, inflatables, fat suits, fancy dress and catapults!
On the gentler side, there’s golf and – of course – walking, in the city and surrounding countryside, linked by the lovely towpath trail alongside the Kennet and Avon Canal. Cyclists are also spoilt for choice, with guided city and county tours, traffic-free family trails and the unique Two Tunnels route through the UK’s longest cycling tunnel.
Bath and water are inseparable, so it’s almost compulsory to take a boat trip along the River Avon or hire a canoe, punt, row boat or narrow boat for a more active day out. Don’t miss the tranquil – and very scenic – Kennet and Avon Canal.
Bath is a hot air balloon hotspot, with two companies offering up, up and away experiences. See the Royal Crescent from a bird’s-eye perspective while sipping chilled Champagne or – depending on the wind direction – drift over lush Cotswold countryside.
We’re proud of our sporting heritage here in Bath, and love to share it with visitors when Bath Rugby Club – one of the oldest in the world – plays at home at the famous Recreation Ground. And up on the hill above, there’s Bath Racecourse, a popular horse racing venue that’s more stylish than ever thanks to a recent multi-million-pound makeover.
Cheer on Bath's teams, like the Premiership side Bath Rugby, and Bath City Football Club.
Bath has plenty to keep sports fans busy.