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Bath walks within the walls: Walk 2

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Walk 2 of Peter Smithson’s Bath Walks within the Walls (Bath University Press) starts just across the river from Bath Spa staion and leads up hill and down vale (then up hill again) in a pleasant loop around the outskirts of Bath.

Photos all taken by Dr A. Quotes from Peter Smithson are written in orange.

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Pause at the junction with Rosemont Lane. From now on the walk is real rus in urbe for behind the present walls and hedges are the mounds and terraces of previous occupancy now in transition.

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At the time of writing in 1966 this building was empty a House-shell inhabited by school-girls, their singing hanging in the damp air.

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That rabbit should really watch out for this fox.

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We encountered a lot of signs.

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Though we weren’t expecting this one.

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The track peters out under an arch of a disused railway in a steep field, terraced and bumpy. What can have once been here?

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We followed the springs.

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The raised pavement or access deck of the extraordinarily nice Widcombe Terrace.

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Widcombe Crescent. Paired doors with the centre window over them false (it is over the party wall). Bizarre really, but gentle and unassuming.

In spite of breaking the no-talking rule, Bath had certainly induced its reverie in the walkers. That and hot feet. We headed home.

Only four more walks to go…

Dr H

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5 responses to “Bath walks within the walls: Walk 2

  1. AndraK ⋅

    Like this! I’m looking forward to my next visit to Bath in order to do these walks.

  2. Dr H

    Thanks. We’re looking forward to doing one of the longer walks through the city and up Lansdown Hill. Sadly, the book is out of print and not easy to get hold of. Get in touch if you want details of the routes.

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  4. I used to live in Bath, and adored walking the city, seeing the architecture and imagining hidden history below. What must lie beneath the city still unexcavated, is mind boggling. Not just Roman but the 2000 years centuries since the Roman occupation, I found it just amazing that just digging around in the earth in your back garden, whether to do a spot of landscaping or replanting, one found oneself on a little personal archaeological excavation. Things that found themselves on my gardening trowel included remnants of an air raid shelter, many ceramic shards.. broken Victorian Georgian plates jars and older clay pipes, primative looking pottery and even a metal toy soldier, probably lost a couple of centuries ago by a child playing amongst the tomato plants… always a reminder that we borrow the earth for but a very a short time!

    • Dr H

      There is so much archaeology to explore in Bath. The Roman and Georgian remains are truly impressive, though I have to confess that some of my favourite finds from the Roman Baths Museum are a handful of flint blades that were thrown into the hot springs back in the Mesolithic.

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