Prior Park Bath Dog Walk

The Prior Park estate was established by Ralph Allen, a wealthy businessman, postal reformer, and future mayor of Bath. The gardens were designed by the poet Alexander Pope and landscape gardener Capability Brown. The mansion is now home to Prior Park College and the parkland is maintained by the National Trust.

Our Prior Park Bath dog walk begins at the visitor entrance on Ralph Allen Drive. The weather is fine and water has been provided for dogs at various locations around the estate.

The Palladian bridge

View over Bath and the Palladian bridge
View from the top of Prior Park valley

We take in the views from the top of the valley and walk down to the Palladian bridge. Aside from the gardeners the park is empty, even the cows that sometimes graze here are absent.

Prior Park Palladian bridge side view with lake
The Palladian bridge is one of four in the world
View through the Palladian bridge
Three bridges are based in England, one is in St Petersburg
German Shepherd on the Palladian bridge at Prior Park
Cleo ventures onto the bridge
Dog walking in front of the Palladian bridge
The middle lake was empty due to restoration work on the dam
The Palladian bridge and graffiti at Prior Park in Bath
Some of the graffiti on the bridge is over 200 years old
Prior Park mansion from the Palladian bridge
Prior Park mansion overlooks the valley and Bath

Priory Path

We then follow the winding paths through the woodland that circles the valley where we find a ruined thatched cottage and an ice house, a restored 19th century summerhouse and the footprint of a gothic temple.

Dog running along Priory Path in Bath
Cleo enjoying the woodland path
Priory Path in Bath
Priory Path
Prior Park Summer House
Restored 19th century summerhouse, under a roof of Cotswold stone tiles

We leave Prior Park through an unmanned gate that takes us up a steep hill to Rainbow Wood which is on the Bath skyline walk. I recently blogged about our skyline adventure in this post.

Our Prior Park dog walk was both beautiful and peaceful. Cleo particularly enjoyed the meandering paths through the various habitat types. Although the walk isn’t a long one, we highly recommend visiting these gardens for a relaxing dog friendly break from the bustling city.

Prior Park entrance from the Bath skyline walk
Prior Park gate

Information

Facilities include a tea shed that offers a range of cakes, scones and ice-creams. There is only disabled parking on the estate so we parked on North Road at the top of Ralph Allen Drive and walked down to the visitor reception. On our return to our vehicle we joined part of the Bath skyline walk through the woods. Alternatively, you can park in central Bath and walk up Ralph Allen Drive.

You can find out about the latest opening times and prices on the National Trust website.

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