Bath walks within the walls: Walk 2

Bath walks within the walls 9

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