This walk takes in the lost Georgian pleasure gardens of Bathwick – Spring Gardens, Villa Gardens and Sydney Gardens – before taking a leisurely stroll down to Grosvenor Gardens and Kensington Meadows. With lottery funding for Sydney Gardens and plans to improve Kensington Meadows, there will be an opportunity to consider how Paradise Lost can be Paradise Regained. The walk also looks at how pubs like the Folly, the Larkhall Inn and the Porter Butt took over from the Georgian pleasure gardens, before returning by way of Henrietta Park.

This is a walk with something for everyone – history, architecture, nature, industrial archaeology as well as room for children and dogs to run about.

Start Date Thursday 19th September 2019
Start Time 14:00
Duration 3 hours
Distance 3.5 miles
Places Available 20
Meeting Point Laura Place, on the corner of Johnstone Street, BA2 4BH

Details

Start / Finish

Laura Place: Start Point on the corner of Johnstone Street

Terrain

Mostly flat. There are a couple of paths which can be muddy. The full route has some steps, but alternative, step free routes are available for wheelchair users. However, the paths in Kensington Meadows are rather uneven.

Facilities

Nearest loos to the start are in Henrietta Park. There are also loos in Sydney Gardens.

Leader(s)

Kirsten Elliott

Meeting Point

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