We begin by following in the steps of Rev John Penrose, who came to Bath in 1766. Passing Spring Gardens, we take the old route to Lyncombe Spa, before looking at the site of King James’s Palace, and the Bagatelle. The walk then takes in the landscaping of Widcombe by Ralph Allen and Philp Bennet which combined beauty with industry before returning by way of some of the secret corners of Widcombe. There will also be a few ghost signs.

Start Date Friday 20th 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

Start Laura Place – on the corner of Johnstone Street.
Finish South Parade. However, the walk is almost circular.

Terrain

All but one part of the route is on made-up paths and pavements but there are some steep hills. However, the route is largely step free.

Facilities

Nearest loos to the start are in Henrietta Park or at the Roman Baths. There are none on route.

Notes

This is mainly a history walk. It is not suitable for dogs, and children may not find it interesting. With steep hills and narrow pavements it is not an ideal walk for wheelchairs or pushchairs, though not impossible. It is designed for those who love history and finding hidden corners of Bath.

Leader(s)

Kirsten Elliott

Meeting Point

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