On the trail of Nelson

Bath’s World Heritage Enhancement Fund has been working with The Nelson Society to create a Walking Guide (entitled “Nelson Trail”) that takes the reader around our City of Bath, visiting the many places associated with our national hero, his family, his doctors and his associates.


In the creation of the Guide, they took many references from The Nelson Society publication “Nelson and Bath” by Louis Hodgkin of 2004.

As the members of the project team walked the streets of Bath using this as a lead they were pleased to discover how many of the original buildings are still in place and also some additional points of interest connected to our theme.

All of this has been captured into the Guide document which has now been produced in an A3 sized leaflet that folds to the size of the typical tourist office/hotel reception “self-pick”.

The leaflets will be distributed and replenished throughout all of the tourist outlets in the area.  The Nelson Trail guide is free. The City of Bath receives over 6M visitors annually and its compact layout is perfect for self-guided walks.

Given the significance of this Guide to both Bath’s World Heritage and The Nelson Society the Fund has organised a public launch event on 23rd June at the historic Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institute.

The event starts at 10am with tea & coffee on arrival and will be followed by a selection of presentations, following the theme of the Project, given by Professor Barry Gilbertson on behalf of the Bath World Heritage Advisory Board, The Nelson Society Members – Chris Brett, Raglan Tribe, David Bullock and Peregrine Hood, and guest speaker Susan Amos who has created a very original history tracing the lives of Nelson’s Sisters and their presence in Bath.


Following the morning event, at 1pm there is a buffet lunch organised at the Bath and County Club (50 yards from BRLSI) and at 2pm all attendees will have the opportunity to walk around the Nelson in Bath Trail using the Guide.

The Walk takes approximately 90 mins and returns to the Bath and County Club where Cream Teas and an Open Bar are available.

The complete event is priced at £32.50 each (morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea and personal copy of the Guide included).  Places are limited in numbers so will be allocated on a first come basis.

Should you wish to attend please contact ASAP – brianjhall31@gmail.com  However, if you would prefer just to attend the morning seminar of talks, the price is £10…please make it clear on your application.

MEANWHILE, on the subject of self-guided walks,

Heritage Ironwork Walk – who are organising a special festival in Bath from June14th to the 17th – is now up and running.
This is the link:
However, you can go through their website  – and find out more about the Festival as well.