Walking with questions of poverty, death and social justice, considering how a city buries its past.

The walk includes a premiere performance by John Payne of his cycle of Workhouse poems. Walkers will be invited to gather words, thoughts and found items for sharing digitally and instant short spoken word responses on arrival at the Bath Workhouse Burial Ground. Bath’s Union Workhouse still stands high above the city, the birthplace of many Bathonians when it was St Martin’s Hospital. Rock ‘n’ roll hero Eddie Cochrane (Three Steps to Heaven) died there following a car crash, Eddie has a plaque, even though his body was flown back to the US. Over 3000 Bath residents died in poverty there when it was the Bath Workhouse, they were buried in a nearby field. There is no memorial to them. Over a slow three hour walk we will make an instant requiem. This walk continues the process of raising awareness about the Workhouse Burial Ground considering the lives and stories buried there and what that field has to tell us now.

You can find out more about Richard’s walks or join one over the summer here.

Image is a screen grab from the Know Your Place website, a fantastic resource of historic maps and images where you can find out about your local heritage.

Start Date Saturday 22nd September 2018
Start Time 09:30
Duration 0930 registration town centre. 10.00 start. 13.30 arrive Burial Ground (approx.) Readings/Instant Requiem. 14.30 leave Burial Ground. 16.00 arrive town centre
Distance 5.5 miles to burial ground, 8 miles complete circular walk
Places Available 15
Meeting Point Corner of Abbey Street and York Street, beside the Roman Baths


Start / Finish

Circular walk with joining and getting off points:

Start at corner of Abbey St and York St beside the Roman Baths
...walkers welcome to do half the walk and park at Odd Down Park and Ride or get a bus back down the Wellsway
(timing for a meet up in Combe Down will be published for those who wish to join a level walk)

Mid point Bath Union Workhouse burial ground, Wellsway entrance opposite Oolite Road
....close to Odd Down Park and Ride. Buses back into town. Walkers welcome to join here and walk down into town.

Return to start point.


Pavement, footpaths. One steep ascent.

Whilst this isn't advertised as wheelchair/buggy accessible or flat - there is an alternative route which can be provided, if required, we'll put you in touch with Richard on booking to discuss.


City centre toilets/shops
Shops in Combe Down and Odd Down
Toilets in Sainsbury’s Odd Down
Odd Down park and ride and bus services up and down Wellsway


Walkers are actively encouraged to use notebooks, mobile devices and gather sound and photographs. There will be some poetry readings. Together we will try to make something respecting the dead in the Workhouse Burial Ground. This is a creative walk, you can take part in many different ways and you are welcome to just walk.
For your safety this walk has a strictly no dogs policy.


Richard White

Meeting Point

Corner of Abbey Street and York Street, beside the Roman Baths