Name:Bathford Hill
Hill number:5396
Height:205m / 673ft
Section:39: Central and Eastern England
Col:104m  ST868710  

View on:
Geograph  OS Maps  NLS  OSM
Full screen map (Bing Maps)

Show Map
(Please be considerate with your usage of the OS map pages, as there are daily limits)

Show all hills within map bounds

Field nameCurrent valueNew value (blank if no change)
Gridref10    (0 entries)

GPS Data
Click on Entry no. for more details...
Entry no.Date recordedGrid Ref.Feature / Observations / SurveyRecorded byStatusSubpointLatest review
1068712/10/2015ST 79471 66066  F: within 2m of tower (Brown's folly)
S: see below

No summit photo available
Hill summit
No portrait photo available
Hill portrait

To contribute a summit or portrait photo for a hill
please contact the hillsummits website

N.B. Some hill summits are on private property or on land where there is no public right of way.  Permission should be sought from the landowner where access to a hill summit is through private land.
Please report via the contact page any logs you see below which describe or encourage acts of trespass, and mention the hill number and hill name.

Logged Descriptions  (logged by 92 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
On a wet and grey day during a tour of bath Tumps. HP is land at base of Browne's Folly, a high stone tower built 1845 during a recession to showcase the stone and provide employment. It has slippy stone steps without guard rail- the most exciting ascent of the day. Apparently, the Folly Fellowship has struggled to raise funds for repair or keep vandals out. Note: you cannot cross the river at Warleigh pumping station to get to Bathampton Down tump to the west as the ferry no longer runs- despite rights of way on either bank.Denise 13/01/2020
A wander around the brambly woods on the N side of the tower but the Abney suggests the base of the tower as high as anywhere in the area. As we set off up the steps the advice of Whymper comes to mind which is along the lines of.... look to each step with care for it may be thy last. Feels quite exposed by the time you reach the tiny platform at the top. If you want to cross the River Avon at Warleigh Weir it's going to have to be a swim.RichardM13/01/2020
Muddy paths from small carpark above zig zag. Decided against the open staircase, agree with aye jimmy.cjo24/12/2019
Nice stroll through the woods from Wildlife Trust car park with Geraldine. We didnt fancy the scary climb up unguarded tower steps, and the obit wed receive in local rag for leaving three young people wondering what had become of us if wed fallen.Pete West05/08/2019
Avon Wildlife Trust carpark, path up wood, along edge to Folly. Spiral steps inside to top, no handrail: popular with families, seems like a fatality waiting to happen!Aye Jimmy07/07/2019
Morning walk after an early start to take Meg to school induction.Herbert Anchovy04/07/2019
48th birthday dusk walk with Meg and Xan. Usual route from home.Herbert Anchovy22/05/2019
Family walk with the Bagwells. Very blowey.Herbert Anchovy10/03/2019
From CP to the folly. Explored a bit in the woods to check high point. With B and R.jenx10/12/2018
Easy CP and walkup to folly with Jenx and Bryher nordicstar12/10/2018
Parked in the nearby free car park. A pleasant walk through the woods to the summit, which offers good views of Bath.Sprog30/12/2017
From Bathford. The tower steps now have no handrails, except for the first few, where they are not needed. I found the steps scary. The nature reserve is owned by the Avon Wildlife Trust. I saw two caves in the disused quarries but both were gridded to prevent access.Alan Moore24/11/2017
With K from car park. Folly has no door and unprotected steps can be climbed inside.Ashley18/11/2017
From road jct to E, via permissive path, then back via car park. Nice views of the Avon gorge from the dilapidated folly on the top of the escarpment and for a short distance along the path N. Distinctly urban edge feel about the woodland one walks through.pwheeler19/03/2017
From the car park to the follyMariana Trench01/05/2016
Solo.simon and co06/12/2015
Southdown to Bathford. Arrived at dusk. Tower door has been vandalised so able to climb the rail-less stairs & scare myself.Smudge22/11/2015
From carpark to NE.jimbloomer12/10/2015
Walked up from car pArk in persistent drizzle, not much of a view.PeterD12/07/2015
Top is Browne's folly correctly spelt with an e according to a plaque in Farleigh church.great view down west to Bathvegibagger06/04/2015
Squeezed in and climbed to the top of the tower in windy but bright conditions.Alex C26/03/2015
Short walk up from car park. Slightly mucky nice views at front.Fergalh27/11/2014
One of several visits, normally on the way to the Muddy Duck in Monkton Farleigh.Chimp09/02/2014
Our local hill. Only my first visit recorded.M409/02/2014
Short walk up from the car park.rhalstead05/10/2013
Short walk from CPtim74706/09/2013
. CreakingHiker06/09/2013
Up from car park to NE. Smashing views today but the tower was unfortunately secured so had to be content with those from ground level.Chris Peart29/03/2013
Free small car park up steep hill just south of Bathford village. Easy paths to summit Tower first west then south following fences/walls. Great views, shame such a grey dayHillsidenick28/02/2013
Walked up from the bus stop in bathford.The door of the folly is still of and seems to be collecting rubbish inside.With some near by tree felling their is a fine view towards Bath.Had a good walk about on the good footpaths on the hill.hodder11/08/2012
From parking. Top is Brown's Folly.chrisbien20/05/2012
Bright sunny day - to start with; wet rain later. We took in Bannerdown and Solsbury hills (both have trig points) to make a more interesting 8 mile walk out of this HuMP.jonglew22/04/2012
Two parking spot on road to NE. Lovely walk through wood to Brown's Folly. Then fun climb to top. 3 mountain bikers cycled passed and then stopped to climb the folly.Dugswell209/03/2012
I found car park easily enough. If you follow the fence uphill and round to the left and then walk along the path on the ridge a little way, you come to the folly which had a strong metal door on it.clivevilla26/02/2012
Approached from the east though I never did find the car park. The folly was unlocked so I climbed to the top though it is scary as there is no handrail for half of it and therefore not reccommended.Father Ted12/12/2010
Walk up from Bathfordarranc25/08/2010
Very approximate date. With Herbert Anchovy and familiesRichard Lawrenc07/07/2010
From the car park. Trickier to find than you may think. Thick canopy of leaves make the GPS point all over the place. Compass would have been handy - but hadn't bothered to take it as it was 'so easy'destaylor12/11/2009
From the small car park in the wood at ST 79797 66352. (Very steep narrow road to this car park from Bathford Village). The large stone tower (Brown's Folly) seems to be the highest point.David Gradwell04/10/2009
fine view W from top of tower. paths from car pk to ENE RHW06/06/2003
Part of the Bath Beat 26ml walk with a short diversion to the follyphilhythe12/04/2003
Date approx. Ring of Bath walk when at school, raising money for a trip to the Alps.Herbert Anchovy01/06/1988
Approx date of 1st ascent which was as part of a training session for a 100 mile walk in 48 hours when I was at school. Started visiting regularly after moving to Bathford in 2007 as it's now only 800 yards from home. I assume the summit is by the folly, the top of which can sometimes be reached when vandals remove the door! Worth a climb if possible as otherwise the trees obscure fine views down the Avon valley.Herbert Anchovy01/07/1984
Alan Caine28/03/2019