Rainbow's End - by Nigel Vile
Instructions - Printable version
Distance: 4½ miles
Follow the lane past the Dogs' Home and on down hill past the entrance to the American Museum. In half a mil, almost at the junction with the A36, turn left into Claverton village. Walk the length of the village street, passing the entrance to St. Mary's Church, to reach a small green. Turn right and follow a Tarmac path along the side of this green to a hand gate and the A36. Cross the road and follow the pavement opposite alongside a wall to the left. Where this wall ends, turn right down a sloping Tarmac path to a kissing gate and a field. Head down this field 100 yards to a stile in the wall on the right, join the lane and turn left to reach the Kennet and Avon Canal.
Follow the towpath to the right for one and quarter miles. Just before Dundas Aqueduct, cross a footbridge on the right and follow the bank of the canal past a warehouse and crane by Dundas Wharf. Bear right up the drive leading away from the canal and turn right to climb some rough steps up to a lay-by by the A36. turn right and in 20 yards, cross the A36. Follow a signposted path opposite. Walk uphill along the right edges of two fields to reach a kissing gate at the top of the second field. Continue along an enclosed path alongside a property to reach Brassknocker Hill. Cross the road and follow the enclosed path opposite, alongside a boundary wall to a kissing gate. Continue along the right edge of a field by the Wessex Water Board's new HQ. In the corner of the field, bear left along the end field boundary to reach a metal kissing gate and Claverton Down Road.
Cross the road, turn left and follow the pavement in front of a rank of cottages. Cross a stile on the right before following a path up to open fields and the National Trust Rainbow Wood property. Follow the right edge of the first field to a gate, before heading across the middle of the second field to a stile. Follow the left edge of the next field to a stile in the corner cross a track and a stile opposite before heading diagonally across the middle of the next field to a stile alongside Claverton Down Community Hall. Cross Claverton Down Road to the pavement opposite, turn right and continue to the access road to the University of Bath. Cross the road and turn left to follow the Tarmac path alongside the sports pitches back down the avenue. Turn right to return to the roadside parking area.