What is the Bath Beat?
The Bath Beat is an event usually held in April at the edge of the beautiful city of Bath. This year’s event was on Saturday 21st April 2018. Starting on the southeastern edge of the city The Bath Beat takes the walker or runner out into the countryside through the woods, hills and river valleys of this southerly edge of The Cotswolds. There are four distances of 12.5, 17, 21 and the popular 26.5 miles, all pass several check points where there are always plenty of home made cakes and sandwiches to keep you going. On the 21 and 26 mile routes, there is hot food and drinks provided in a hall half way around. Entry also includes recovery, should you not be able to make it back under your own steam, a certificate for those who do make it, and plenty of food and drink. All routes follow public footpaths and also go along a historical disused canal and across farmland with scenic views. The longest route will visit the villages of Bathford, Avoncliffe, Hinton Charterhouse, Norton St Philip, Wellow and Combe Hay before returning to Bath on the Somerset Coal Canal and the village of Midford. There is a further description of the route in the links page with links to the various things you will see along the way.
What Have Others Said?
The best long distance walking (optional running) event in the South West! This event is made memorable by its strangely inverse relationship between bargain entry fees and the large quantity of food available at the checkpoints! You won’t go hungry on this one. Great scenery and organisation. Makes the bath half marathon look overpriced and badly organised. Compton in runners world
Just to say how fantastic Saturday was! We were all so impressed by how well the event was organised & how helpful everyone was. So much time & trouble has obviously been taken to put some really fab routes together & the route planner was brill!! I didn’t realise how really lovely the area is & will definitely be re-walking in the future! Maggie
Norton St Philips is the best checkpoint on any race in Britain Simon
What a great day yesterday. Thank you for organising and running such an enjoyable event; I’m sure that everyone who participated must have been well pleased with all aspects of it – the beautiful route, the warm welcome and efficiency at check points, the superb food, the route description and the happy atmosphere I found all along the route. Dennis
Just wanted to say, it was well worth the efforts of driving from Surrey to do your event – again. I’d forgotten how pretty the route was, with some fabulous views, even if the wind was a little challenging – all day ! Jackie
My boyfriend and I did the Bath Beat at the weekend and I just wanted to get
in touch to say how much we both absolutely loved it! It was my first
experience of an event such as this and I am already planing on coming back
next year. Everyone at all the checkpoints were friendly, encouraging and
welcomed us so warmly, the route itself was breathtaking (in some points
literally!!) and the directions were obviously the result of a lot of care
I have been well and truly bitten by the trail event bug and am keeping my
eye out for other events to do. I just hope they have been organised with
the same care as the Bath Beat. Stella
Our local newspaper, the Midland Reporter Telegram in Texas, ran a story last Sunday (Father’s Day) on the marathons we have run. You will notice the article mentions The Bath Beat! And, there’s even a photo by a bridge in Avoncliffe. Bill
See the article by clicking here.
I was fortunate to secure a place at short notice on the 26.7 mile route of the Bath Beat challenge walk, which celebrated its 20th-anniversary on 27th April. The event was started by police from Bath Police Station who enjoyed walking together, including the Black Mountains Roundabout, hence the name.
It was a breezy day, with winds of around 40 mph in the wake of Storm Hannah. Tree blossom fell like snowflakes, settling in sheltered corners. The route followed part of the Kennet & Avon canal. Decorated narrow boats bore names like ‘Party Animal’, ‘Dreamer’ and my personal favourite: ‘Relativity – Travelling at the speed of life.’
The weather improved during the day, with big skies to match the open landscape south of Bath. One check point was in the church at Norton St Philip, giving a welcome moment of serenity.
You often pick up fragments of conversation during such events and I remember one about whether this year would see a new personal best for number of slices of cake eaten at the various check points during the course of the walk (sixteen to beat). I wonder if they succeeded! See the collage from this walker by clicking here Pete
Just wanted to say a huge thanks to everyone who helped out yesterday, the number of kind people who gave up their Saturdays and even their homes to look after us all was very humbling. The snacks along the way really are a massive re-energiser both mentally and physically! Karen