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Walking, Cycling & Tennis

Located on the edge of the Mendip Hills and close to the South Cotswolds, and with Cheddar Gorge and other areas of outstanding natural beauty on our doorstep, we are the perfect spot from which to base your walking or cycling holiday and enjoy some fresh air amidst stunning scenery.

We have all the local OS Explorer maps as well as a collection of walking books containing a wealth of local circular walks and pub walks in Somerset and Wiltshire as well as in and around Bristol and Bath, which guests are welcome to borrow.

If you would like to combine countryside with some city sight-seeing you can choose from the National Trust’s Bath Skyline Walk, the free walking tours with the Mayor of Bath’s honorary guides, the walking tour of Jane Austen’s Bath as well as Bath’s evening Ghost Walk and the Bizarre Bath comedy walk, or, choose from six Bristol city walks (downloadable PDFs available).

Cyclists will be spoilt for choice with regards to cycling opportunities in our area. We are close to the picturesque  Colliers Way Cycle Path (Sustrans National Cycle Network Route 24) as well as the Kennet & Avon Cycle Route (Sustrans National Cycle Network Route 4) between Bath and Reading. In addition, Somerset’s own mini Lake District, Chew Valley and Blagdon Lakes, also offer excellent cycling as well as walking potential.

There are various cycle hire shops locally in Bath, Bristol and Bradford on Avon. At School Cottages we are happy to provide secure storage for bicycles so at the end of a long day’s cycling you can relax and sleep soundly knowing that your bikes are safely locked away for the night.

Anyone for tennis? Our free(!) village tennis court is just 5 minutes walk away. We will even lend you rackets and balls. Available in the warmer months only.
Further ‘all year round’ courts and coaching can be found at Excel Tennis, Victoria Park, Bath.

  • Cyclist on Kennet and Avon Canal

    Cyclist on Kennet and Avon Canal
    Copyright: Bath Tourism Plus / Colin Hawkins