A landscape walk based on the story of Ralph Allen, starting in the glorious setting of Prior Park.  Ralph Allen was a Cornish man from the 18th Century working from a young age in the Post Office.  He moved his job to Bath and developed the postal system.  The consequent wealth enabled him to purchase and develop local stone quarries and play an important role in the redevelopment of Bath as an aristocratic resort.

We will start in National Trust’s Prior Park Landscape Garden, crossing the gardens to admire the view and interpret the ‘borrowed’ landscape.  We will then make our way down through Widcombe and along the river.

We will finish with a visit to the courtyard of Ralph Allen’s Town House.

This is a really special walk which perfectly illustrates Bath’s planned landscape and how beautifully its landscape and city combine.

 

Photo courtesy of National Trust.

Start Date Sunday 15th September 2019
Start Time 14:00
Duration 2.5 hours
Distance 2 miles
Places Available 30
Meeting Point Main entrance to Prior Park Landscape Garden on Ralph Allen Drive, BA2 5AH

Details

Start / Finish

Start: Main entrance to Prior Park Landscape Garden on Ralph Allen Drive, BA2 5AH
Finish: Terrace Walk, Bath, BA1 1LP

Terrain

This walk is downhill most of the way, on pavements and footpaths, with some steeper, uneven sections.
The route through the Gardens will depend on building work.

Facilities

There is no parking at the start. It’s a mile walk to the start from the railway station. Or catch the No2 bus from stop BK on Dorchester Street, the bus runs every 30 mins, alight at the bus stop just in front of Prior Park Landscape Garden entrance gate. (Please note that there are building works taking place at the gardens and if building materials are arriving, there may be a temporary bus stop just a little further up the hill.)
There are toilets and refreshments in the Gardens.

Notes

Please make sure you book via Eventbrite, and bring your tickets with you. If you are a National Trust member please bring your membership card along to be scanned.

Leader(s)

Anne Twitchett and Julie Hayward

Meeting Point

Main entrance to Prior Park Landscape Garden on Ralph Allen Drive, BA2 5AH