Beechen Cliff woodland provides a backdrop to the World Heritage Site and a refuge from the busy city- less than ten minutes’ walk from Bath Spa Railway Station.
Besides providing somewhere to walk and relax and a home for nature in the city, the woodland also provides a walking route to the spectacular viewpoint at Alexandra Park- a view so good that even Jane Austen wrote about it in Northanger Abbey.
A home to majestic beech trees and a spring carpet of wild garlic, the woodland is owned and managed by Bath and North East Somerset with the help of local volunteers. Much of the site was formerly small cottages (some of which were destroyed during the Bath Blitz) and has since been recolonised by nature. In places the remains of back garden walls and features can still be seen- including an Anderson Shelter from the Second World War.
Nearby, a small park known as Magdalen Gardens was laid out in Edwardian times as a place to walk and enjoy the view. More recently, local volunteers have helped to manage the site, clearing overgrown shrubs and trees and planting native wildflowers and bulbs.
In recent years, the Council has worked with representatives from local friends and resident's group and local councillors to improve the woodland and the surrounding area - installing new paths, noticeboards and signs and planting trees and woodland flowers.
There are limited amenities in the woodland and Magdalen Gardens and the path is uneven and very steep in places with limited access for wheelchair users. The nearest toilets are at Alexandra Park at the top of the hill.