We're running up that hill!
A few weeks go, on a Saturday evening, I spotted some Instagram pictures by Monique Gionet aka Justagirl_75. A fan of Peter Gabriel, Monique had just found out that his song, Solsbury Hill, was in fact inspired by a real place just outside Bath. Amazed by how beautiful it looked, I decided to head over there the next day. I wanted the light to be as soft as possible so waited until the middle of the afternoon to put on my walking shoes for the walk to the hill from Bath Spa train station.
Dan and I walked along the canal and enjoyed the mild afternoon and the quietness of the water. Unfortunately, the journey included a portion of the London Road which was a bit less relaxing, but the traffic was relatively calm.
After going through the village of Batheaston, we started the climb up Solsbury Lane. Although really steep, it offers a pleasant walk under tree canopies, a leafy delight I've always been a sucker for!
We spent nearly two hours absorbing the view of Bath and the surrounding. The sky was really cloudy on that day, providing the perfect contrast with the carpet of flowers that cover the hill. We had a brilliant time walking around, lying on the grass and sitting on a rock overlooking all the greenery. Sparrows zoomed past, and we also spotted a few rabbits. Such a tranquil scene. I must admit though I started to panic when a group of particularly inquisitive cows took a real interest in us. I had images of us having to tumble down the hill to escape the angry animals, but everything went OK in the end.
If you fancy finding out more about Solsbury Hil, its Iron Age Fort and its quarry, take a look at the Wikipedia page.
I truly recommend a trip to Solsbury Hill whenever you feel the need to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.
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