Staycation Stories: A Kayaking Weekend in Bath with the 5 Touring

08/07/2021

Staycation Stories: A Kayaking Weekend in Bath with the 5 Touring

08/07/2021

TIME FOR ANOTHER STAYCATION STORY.

The next edition to our Staycation story involves the BMW 5 Series Touring, two inflatable kayaks and the city of Bath.

Bath is just under a hundred miles from London and is situated on the River Avon. This is a commonly visited city for Londoners looking for a weekend away.


Rob, our Marketing Manager recently took the 5 Touring down to Bath for a weekend and here is his guide from his visit. As always, if you are interested in visiting this city, or from anything in this article, don't hesitate to get in touch, or follow any of the links in this article. 

Here are some of my recommended things to do in Bath. I have picked some of my favourites, and you can see some obvious ones not included:

- The Roman Baths, if it is your first time in Bath, you have to do the Roman Baths. But with the main attractions come the crowds, you'll need a few hours to have a walk through the baths and learn about how they were built.

- The Royal Cresent, again a must do to learn about this iconic spot in Bath and is a great example of Georgian architecture with the 30 terraced houses. Definitley worth a visit if its your first visit, but expect some crowds and tour buses at the bottom of the cresent.


But my picks from our weekend are here:

Go for a Kayak

Go for a Kayak

We headed to the canals and river to try out our inflatable kayaks. Make sure you check if you need any licences to be on the river and sort accordingly! But we loved having a paddle and soaking in the views and chilled vibes from the surrounding towns and villages. We started our paddle from Bradford-upon-Avon and paddled towards Bath. If you're interested in kayaking in the area, I'd recommend checking out https://gopaddling.info/ to find your best spot.

The River

The River

Bath is situated on the River Avon. So you can enjoy a stroll along the river and watch kayakers, paddleboarders or even go on a boat trip or hire your own for a few hours and enjoy the sites. Just make sure you don't find your way into a Weir!

Buskers

Buskers

Bath is famous for it's talented buskers. If you didn't know, a busker is a musician or individual with a talent, showing off their skills to the public throughout the streets. We were lucky enough to listen to Matthew Lennox, a guitarist, whilst the sun set into the distance. Make sure you head to the area around the Roman Baths, as they generally set up there.

Architecture

Architecture

Bath is a beautiful city. The architecture and style of the building links strongly to the Romans, alongwith the famous Roman Baths! You can feel the culture and personality in the design of the buildings all over the city. It is definitley worth just having a stroll through the streets and embrace the sheer beauty of the buildings in the city centre.

We jetted off from London on a Friday night with another couple and headed for Bath. The drive is mainly motorway and was simple, just under two hours and we were in Somerset, feeling a million miles from the busy London streets.

We stayed just outside Bath for ease and gave us the flexibility of going for a nice walk and also a relax and retreat.

 

We kayaked along the local canals and rivers, and just make sure you have got any relevant licences before you paddle!

There are great few pubs we stopped for a pit stop on our trip, but our favourite was Cross Guns Avoncliff. A dog-friendly pub on the river with fantastic views and an outside area to chill after a few hours on the river.

After our kayak we headed into the city for the evening. The city can get busy so do ensure you book a spot for food to avoid dissapointment.

 Even though it's a city break, Bath is surrounded by rolling hills, and one of my best recommendations is to do the Skyline walk. The iconic walk gets you up out of the city, giving you a skyline view of the cathedral spires and the river and city streets below.  The walk will last a few hours and is hilly, so make sure you prepare and have some snacks with you, and maybe some good shoes! 

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THE CAR.

THE BMW 5 SERIES TOURING.

 

The Touring, estate version is capable in any situation and features 560 litres of boot space which can be increased up to 1,700 litres by dropping the back seats down, making it the perfect companion for whatever is required. We had two inflatable kayaks, four small suitcases and a set of bags full of supplies, and all that fit nicely in the back, and gave excellent comfort for all passengers, which shows how versatile and practical the car is!

 

I didn't have this version, but there is now also a BMW 530e Touring featuring the latest in BMW eDrive technology, so with the availability of over 7,000 charging stations across the UK, the future of mobility is now. There is also the option for many of the engines offered on the new 5 Series Touring to feature Mild Hybrid Technology. This has two purposes; firstly to recover kinetic energy during braking, and secondly to support the combustion engine when accelerating. This helps reduce fuel consumption and emissions, while also enhancing the Start/Stop function.

 

We managed over 250 miles over the weekend and ended up using less than half a tank of fuel, and with the journeys covering motorways, A and B routes, the car performed well and provided excellent efficiency and comfort.

The kayak

The kayak

Our kayak of choice is the Intex Challenger, to check out the details and pros and cons of this product, check out their website here

The car

The car

If you're interested in the BMW 5 Series Touring, click here to explore our range and the benefits of this car.