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Walk in Roman Footprints on our Bath Day Trip

Bath Day Trip | The ruler-straight road to Bath.

Our Bath day trip includes a cycle along the Roman Fosse Way, biking all the way into Bath before a spot of lunch, a guide to the Roman baths, and a walking tour of Bath itself.

The Romans are notorious for building roads befitting their armies. They ran straight, with little concession to hills or valleys. They were roads of efficiency, of power and speed. Built for marching, they travel up and down with the determination of someone in a rush who, having simply drawn a straight line on a map, cares little for contour lines.

The Fosse Way

The Fosse Way is one such road we follow on our cycling tours in Bath. Uniquely for a Roman road, it does not run into or stem from London. Instead, it runs from Exeter in the south-west of England all the way to Lincoln in the north-east. Its name stems from fossa, the Latin word for ditch. As such it is believed to have been built with a ditch running alongside it (or indeed as a ditch itself) in the first century AD, as a defensive measure marking the western boundary of Roman-controlled Britain. With unoccupied Celtic Britain to its West, following the Roman invasion in AD 43, this ditch marked the western frontier of Roman rule in Iron Age Britain, over 182 miles long and – remarkably – never running more than 6 miles away from a straight line from start to finish. Needless to say, on our Bath road trips we don’t travel the full 182 miles! This road did not remain a frontier for long. Roman expansionist ambitions soon prevailed and the Fosse Way became a merchant route, its use shifting from a defensive barrier to an economic artery, stretching across the country.

The Fosse Way runs through the whole length of the Cotswolds and during our tours we cross its path and ride along its sections several times, though not much of the original road remains, and much of it is several feet below our modern day roads!

The Roman Baths

The magnificent spa, constructed around 70 AD, is one of the best preserved Roman remains in the world, and yet it went undiscovered until the late nineteenth century! No Bath day trip is complete without a visit to these magnificent Roman Baths

The complex of bath and temple evolved over time, with the open pool roofed over later and statues and columns being added. The baths remained in use until the last 4th century, before eventually falling into disuse as Christianity supplanted the Roman Gods that would have been worshiped in the bath’s temple. Lost in time and forgotten over the centuries, the site collapsed and the Roman structures, hidden away for millennia, were not discovered until 1880 when sewer workers, searching for a leak, glimpsed the ancient spa workings that underlayed the modern Georgian spa.

Today the Baths are a World Heritage Site, one of three that we visit on our Active England Tours, the others being Stonehenge and Avebury, and Blenheim Palace.

Cotswolds Autumn Cycling -   Self-Guided Weekend 

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Cotswolds Autumn Cycling – Self-Guided Weekend

Cotswolds Villages Autumn Walking – Self-Guided Weekend

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Cotswolds Villages Autumn Walking – Self-Guided Weekend

Cotswolds Short Walks Autumn– SG Weekend

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Cotswolds Villages Autumn Walking – 4 Day Self-Guided

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Cotswolds Villages Autumn Walking – 4 Day Self-Guided

Cotswolds Short Walks  Autumn – 4 Day Self-Guided

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Cotswolds Short Walks Autumn – 4 Day Self-Guided

Walk The Ridgeway – 7 Day Self-Guided

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Walk The Ridgeway – 7 Day Self-Guided

Walk The Ridgeway – 7 Day Guided

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Walk The Ridgeway – 7 Day Guided

Walk The Cotswolds Way - 11 Day Self-Guided

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Walk The Cotswolds Way – 11 Day Self-Guided

Walk The Cotswolds Way – 11 Day Guided

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Walk The Cotswolds Way - 11 Day Guided

Cotswolds Villages Walking – 5 Day Guided

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Cotswolds Villages Walking – 5 Day Guided

Cotswold Villages Walking – 6 Day Self-Guided

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Cotswold Villages Walking – 6 Day Self-Guided

Cornwall Walking – 6 Day Self-Guided

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Cornwall Walking – 6 Day Self-Guided

Cornwall Walking – 6 Day Guided

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Cornwall Walking – 6 Day Guided

Walk The Lake District - 9 Day Self-Guided

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Walk The Lake District - 9 Day Self-Guided

Walk The Lake District - 7 Day Self-Guided

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Walk The Lake District - 7 Day Self-Guided

Walk Coast to Coast – 14 to 18 Day Self-Guided

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Walk Coast to Coast – 14 to 18 Day Self-Guided

Lake District Adventure Holiday - 6 Day

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Lake District Multi Activity – 6 Day Adventure Holiday

Lake District Adventure Break - 4 Day

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Lake District Adventure Break- 4 Day 

Cycle Hadrian’s Wall – 3 Day Self-Guided

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Cycling Hadrian’s Wall - Self-Guided

Cycling Coast to Coast - 4 Day Self-Guided

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Cycling Coast to Coast - 4 Day Self-Guided

Cycle Coast to Coast - 3 Day Self-Guided

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Cycle Coast to Coast - 3 Day Self-Guided

Cotswolds Adventure Long Weekend - 3 Day

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Cotswolds Adventure Long Weekend - 3 Day

Cotswolds Adventure Holiday - 6 Day

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Cotswolds Adventure Holiday - 6 Day

Cotswolds Adventure Break - 4 Day

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Cotswolds Adventure Break - 4 Day 

Cornwall Adventure Holiday - 6 Day 

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Cornwall Adventure Holiday - 6 Day

Cotswolds Villages Cycling – 5 Day Guided

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Cotswolds Villages Cycling – 5 Day Guided

Cotswolds Villages Cycling – 5 Day Guided

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Cotswolds Villages Cycling – 5 Day Guided

Cornwall Adventure Weekend– 4 Day

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Cornwall Adventure Weekend - 4 Day Active Weekend

Cotswolds Villages Cycling – 6 Day Self-Guided

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Cotswolds Villages Cycling – 6 Day Self-Guided

Cornwall Cycling – 6 Day Self-Guided

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Cornwall Cycling – 6 Day Self-Guided

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