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Find the best Bath walks. The Ramblers Association now have a greatly improved website which is an exceptional resource for all walkers, hikers and young families wanting to go for walks with young children. This site lists everything from historical walks to leader led walks to any really arduous walks within the Villa Magdala Hotel area.

Find A Walk Near Me by using Walking Britain is a truly excellent and free resource. Just enter where you are or where you would like to walk - and print out directions. The walks are graded and you can buy a specific map of the area at the same time. These are proper OS maps and weather proofed if required.

I always think of walking as one of the few activities you can do for free - and now you can with this guide!

Walking, Hiking and Outdoor Shops

Cotswold Outdoor

2 Abbeygate St, Bath BA1 1NP, UK – 01225 562230

The young chap that attended to us was extremely polite and helpful. Nothing was to much trouble and he was very informative. Well done.

I was on the lookout for new walking boots and had amazing help from Ben. He was knowledgeable on the different types of boots available and provided his opinions but never pressured me to go with any particular brand or style. He made a task that I wasn't particularly looking forward to a fun experience and I'm happy with my new purchase. If you're on the lookout for a pair of boots I would have no hesitation in recommending Ben to help you!

BCH Outdoor

30 Southgate St, Bath BA1 1TP, UK – 01225 460200

Wonderful shop with friendly and helpful staff. Helpful but not pressuring. Will definitely be going back if my partner hasn't already bought the maps we need to get the ones they recommended.

BCH Outdoor is place to go for all your outdoor needs. What makes this place great are the staff, extremely knowledgeable and experienced. They are more than happy to spend time with and answer your questions. Can't recommend enough!

Millets

25/28 High St, Bath BA1 5AJ, UK – 01225 435500

A good of products, covering pretty much everything one might need for camping/hiking etc. Staff are friendly but struggle with more technical questions.

Great shop. Great friendly staff.

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Another good walking guide. Walkingworld has huge library of guides with a good selection of walks, of varying lengths and grades, pretty well anywhere in the UK. The walks come in an excellent format making them very easy to follow, with photographs to illustrate every important decision point and a proper Ordnance Survey map.

A modist annual subscription gives you unlimited access to all the walks. However you can Pay As Go by downloading indiviual walks.You get one walk free.

Crucially you can also find walks France, Spain, Norway, Portugal and Australia!

Camping and Caravaning

Bath Mill Lodge Retreat

Newton Rd, Bath BA2 9JF, UK – 01225 333909

Lodges were immaculate and perfect. The pub / restaurant needs some work. The food in the evening - although very good and tasty - took a very long time to be served and we didn't stay during peak times or high season. First round of drinks were forgotten about and needed us to remind them to serve them after waiting for 25 minutes for them. Breakfast was also not at all great. The Bacon was as hard as peanut brittle. We then decided to self cater for the remainder of our stay. If they can sort the kitchen and bar out, then it would have been perfect. 4 stars is for the lodges. Restaurant would have been a 2 star.

Following a beautiful, but sad funeral at Haycombe, we attended here for the wake. An idyllic setting. Tranquil, dragonflies everywhere and a river flowing past. The inside was modern and well maintained. Staff were pleasant and the food was great. Would love to go here again. A fitting farewell and I'm sure we will return to toast sweet memories.

Looking for dog friendly cottages around Bath? The 'Dog Friendly Cottages' website looks like any other self-catering accommodation website but every single one should be dog friendly! This saves worrying and going through all the small print. However you you may need to check with the owner where the dog is expected to sleep and the what size of dog you can have!
Dog People find this is such a great website. If you have dogs who go on holiday with you just enter BA2 6LX and everything from dog friendly Bed and Breakfasts and Hotels to dog friendly walks and beaches come up. The Dog People site covers Bed & Breakfast, Holiday Parks, Hotels, Self Catering, Pubs & Food, Days Out. Enjoy!

Bath Buggy Walks, Short Walks, Granny or Grandpa Walks

'Walks with Buggies' is a must for walking parents with young children, babies or even grannies and grandpas! If you would like to walk around Villa Magdala Hotel or Somerset just select your nearest town, length of walk and type of walk. You will not only be able to download detailed OS maps free of charge but you can read reviews of walks and their ratings - and add your own afterwards! Enjoy PS This link has been withdrawn. Please watch this space or send a suggestion!

Snake bites

Most snake bites in the UK are not serious. But it's important to get all snake bites checked as soon as possible.

Call 999 or go to A&E immediately if:

  • you think you, or someone else, has been bitten by a snake

Find your nearest A&E

Information:

If you're not in the UK when you are bitten by a snake, contact the emergency medical services in the country you're in.

Get foreign travel advice on GOV.UK

What to do while you're waiting for help

Do

  • stay calm, most snake bites in the UK are not serious and can be treated

  • keep the part of your body that was bitten as still as you can

  • lie in the recovery position if you can

  • take paracetamol for any pain

  • try to remember the colour and pattern of the snake to tell the doctor

  • take off any jewellery and loosen clothes near the bite, in case it swells

Don’t

  • do not go near the snake, or try to catch or kill it

  • do not try to suck or cut the poison (venom) out of the bite

  • do not tie anything tightly round the part of the body where the bite is

  • do not take aspirin or ibuprofen, as they can make bleeding worse

What happens at the hospital

You will usually need to stay in hospital for at least 24 hours if you have been bitten by a snake.

The bite will be cleaned and bandaged. You may be given an injection to help protect you from tetanus.

If you were bitten by a poisonous (venomous) snake you will be treated with a medicine to fight the venom. This is given through a thin tube into a vein, called a drip.

Types of UK snake

Only 3 types of snake are found in the wild in the UK.

The adder is the only venomous snake, but you should get all snake bites checked as soon as possible.

Telling the doctors the colour and pattern of the snake that bit you could help them treat it.

Click to see images of the our three types of snake and what to do if you get bitten

www.nhs.uk/conditions/snake-bites