Ascent of Bath Hills on 2011-07-09

Climber: Nick Down

Date:Saturday, July 9, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Bath Hills
    Elevation:29 m / 98 ft

Ascent Trip Report

Little hills sometimes pose locational problems to compensate for their lack of physical challenge. The elusive high point of the Broads is case in point. Bath Hills is 12m above sea level along a leafy footpath above the river Waveney. Scanning local maps, one's eye lights on the 17m spot height on the edge of national park land at the cross-roads west of West Caister. Yet the highest point seems to be back near Bath Hills: half a mile to the east, where a track meets Free Lane as it descends towards Bath Hills farm, the land to the south is within the national park, and is around 30m asl.

After searching out these miniature hills, have lunch at Ranworth Church, and climb the church tower, for a better view and a more interesting climb involving 89 uneven steps, two ladders and a trapdoor. Then walk along the duckboards to the floating visitor centre on Ranworth Broad, where the rangers will help you see hen harriers, heron, cormorants, swallowtail butterflies (or, at least, their colourful caterpillars) and much else besides.
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