From the campsite its a good 25 minute walk along the canal bank into the city. We crossed over the Bath to Bristol cycle way which runs on an old railway line for 13 miles between the cities – wished we had brought our bikes seeing cyclist after cyclist on the path.
Having forgotten our city map we walked the canal until we could see what appeared to be Bath type buildings and then cut up towards the city. Impressed with Bath is an understatement. Fabulous city, every building is worth stopping and looking at. Very busy with tourists but still had a really nice feel to the city of people just ambling around.
First stop was the river and Pulteney Bridge, lots of little shops on the bridge itself and steps down to the river where we walked to look back up towards the city. From there we walked up the hill in search of the Royal Crescent and the Circus. After wandering around for sometime we asked someone and it was slightly over to the right and we had missed it.
When we finally found The Circus we were approached by a guy dressed in costume from the 18th century. He told us he was a guide and gave us a quick talk on the history of The Circus being built in 1754 (before Australia had been discovered) and designed by John Wood. All three segments of houses face into the centre and its impossible to appreciate the magnitude of the the houses until you stand in the centre looking round at them. The houses were built as holiday homes and rented out for £140 for 6 weeks, they cost a bit more now and the guide told us Nicolas Cage had sold his house on The Circus for £4 million a couple of years ago.
From there we moved onto Royal Crescent, the photos we had seen of this do not do justice to it. We had to walk right down the hill to try and capture the whole crescent in a photo. The sweep on houses look down on Bath and on a day like today with glorious sunshine it was stunning. There was one house right in the middle covered in scaffolding – but from the distance we had to go for the photo I don’t think you can really see it.
We stopped for lunch in the Royal Victoria Park and then walked back into the city for a bit more sight seeing. By now it was literally heaving but we headed down to the Baths. The Roman baths were covered in scaffold as renovations are being completed so we weren’t able to see it from the outside so we moved onto the Thermae spa bath where we were planning on having a spa bath in the roof top baths. That idea went out the window when we saw the queue winding up the street of people with the same idea.
With out a doubt one of the loveliest cities we have visited. We didn’t even get time to do any shopping with our lists of things to see so yet another place we need to add to our “must come back to” list.