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Towns and villages you can see on a Bath hot air balloon flight

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A hot air balloon is a great way to see the city of Bath. During a one-hour flight, though, you will be able to see much more than the city itself. There are many towns and villages near that you might be able to spot on your flight.

A hot air balloon ride over Bath is something of a mystery tour. A balloon cannot be steered, so the direction your flight takes and how far you fly is dependent on the force and direction of the wind. An average flight is about 10 miles, but it is possible that your flight could go much further in certain weather conditions. Even if you do not pass over a town or village, you may be able to see it in the distance.


If your flight takes you northwesterly, you may be able to see Bristol, which is 13 miles from Bath. The Clifton Suspension Bridge is particularly spectacular seen from the air.

Wells and Glastonbury

If you travel southwesterly, you can fly over the spectacular Cheddar Gorge on your way to Wells.

Wells is England’s smallest city, with a notable cathedral, beautiful old buildings, and cobbled streets.

Near to Wells is Glastonbury, famous for its festival and myths associating the town with King Arthur. Some have claimed that you can see the signs of the zodiac outlined on the ground, which are supposed to be visible from the air. You need a strong imagination to make them out if your balloon flies nearby.

What you should be able to clearly see is Glastonbury Tor, which sits on top of a hill and is visible from many miles away on a clear day.

Radstock, Midsomer Norton and Frome

South of Bath is Radstock, which is a former coal mining town. The Radstock Mining Museum is housed in the restored old market hall. A large pithead sculpture has been erected next to the museum hall.

Next to Radstock is the town of Midsomer Norton. The River Somme runs through the town centre, and you will be able to spot many fine historic buildings.

The next town south of Midsomer Norton is Frome, a picturesque market town with cobbled streets built on steep hills.


Eight miles east of Bath is Bradford-on-Avon a bustling market town in the Avon Valley on the edge of the Cotswolds. A 14th-Century bridge crosses the River Avon which winds through the town. You may be able to see the original weaver’s cottages, which look like tiny doll’s houses from the air.

Castle Combe

Castle Combe is 17 miles east of Bath and is a picturesque Cotswold village with stone cottages and the 14th Century Manor Hotel.

On the edge of the village is Castle Combe racing circuit that hosts both car and motorbike races.

These are just a few of the many towns and villages you could see on a hot air balloon flight that takes off from Bath.  To book your experience, buy a voucher online or call us on 01275 375300


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