This two and a half mile walk features great views, paths through fields and woods, hidden corners, steep steps, as well as a few surprises, all within hailing distance of the city centre. Beechen Cliff was once Bath’s top tourist attraction, but its charms have unaccountably faded. Retracing a route taken by Catherine Morland, the heroine of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey, this walk sets out to rediscover this once popular excursion. Old maps, prints and photographs will be used to show how much has changed over the last 200 years or so, while the latter part of the walk will reveal how recent conservation work has opened up views and footpaths lost for decades.

Start Date Monday 16th September 2019
Start Time 14:00
Duration 2.5 hours
Distance 2.5 miles
Places Available 20
Meeting Point Laura Place, on the corner of Johnstone Street, BA2 4BH

Details

Start / Finish

Start point: Laura Place (corner of Johnstone Street) (BA2 4DH)
Finish point: Widcombe (Claverton Street) (BA2 4LD)

Terrain

Paths (possibly muddy) through fields and woods; steep steps downhill

Facilities

No facilities en route; cafes, pubs etc at start and end

Leader(s)

Andrew Swift

Meeting Point

Laura Place, on the corner of Johnstone Street, BA2 4BH