North East Somerset – Bath – The Circus & Royal Crescent, Pultney Bridge & Bath Abbey
December 27, 2016
After Bristol we backtracked the road we’d come, in theory (literally we took a different road out of Bristol to which we’d arrived – big city) an journeyed to Bath for a squiz.
With Bath, we utilised the Park n Ride service. Out of the three available parking areas, there was one that wouldn’t take too long to travel into Bath centre from, as evening was soon approaching.
After lunch at Witherspoons*, we began our wandering around Bath.
The Circus & the Royal Crescent
These two places are streets within the centre of Bath that are quite popular for the housing.
The Circus is a street of housing that is set out in a circular layout, with the buildings/town houses in three equal sections. There is a roundabout in centre of the street with grass and trees. And of course the architecture is all the same with the houses/apartments – built in 1754-58, Georgian Architecture. They’re about 4 storeys high, all the same, symmetrical and with basements and most of the them have little courtyards out front, either at ground level or basement level. (See our video page for a visual.)
The Royal Crescent is another section of housing, just a block down from the Circus – which does make it really convenient for tourists having a look around.
Again, a large piece of real estate in the shape of a crescent moon, that all faces onto a green and has views of Bath. The property(ies) look to have 4 floors including basement/below ground floor. It is the same Georgian Architecture, built a few years later after the Circus. – 1767-74. The top floors would no doubt give a very impressive view of Bath on a clear day. The building houses a museum and a hotel with the remaining places townhouses encompassing all levels or that have been split into flats.
Pulteney Bridge & Bath Abbey
We meandered on back through the streets from the housing to the more central shopping district of Bath. A bridge known as Pulteney Bridge has shops that line both sides of the bridge. Behind these shops is the weir and the water cascading in a mini waterfall is a pleasant sight.
The sun, along with any remaining daylight was slowly ebbing away, so we quickly walked back to the centre. It was time to quickly have a look at the Abbey and Baths. The baths had all varying prices for swims and spa treatments, something to be saved for a weekend in Bath.
Simon found a whiskey shop and subsequently purchased a little bottle whiskey, one he hadn’t yet tried. These mini bottles are excellent for sampling purposes, they can be upwards of £8-10. However this doesn’t seem to be the case with Simon – all the small ones he’s tried so far, add to his growing list of larger bottles to buy and to recommend to his father-in-law.
It was nice to see Bath’s Christmas lights till hung along the streets from building to building and in the trees.
As it was now getting dark (which is like 4:30/5pm), we headed back to the bus to ride back to the car park and make our way home. We didn’t take the main road, instead found ourselves meandering through the country roads somewhere between Salisbury and Stonehenge. Thankfully there was signal and therefore data to be able to navigate with Google Maps. It was a fun day and an interesting drive back.
See the next post for the next stage of our Christmas adventure….
S & S
FitBit Data. 27/12: 10.42KM’s – SRT 16,910; SJT 13,355
*Witherspoons are pubs that are really cheap and easy, but still good. They don’t play any music so don’t have quite the same overheads as other chains/independents. They’re excellent if you want a night out without costing the earth, or because you can’t be bothered to cook.