October 22 – A long walk around Bath

To the Abbey Green, an Earthcache and back along the canal.

Hello from 1066- A Medieval Mosaic

We decided to walk into Bath for a look around, on the way passing the Sun Flower Sculpture by Iron Art of Bath on the Bathwick Hill roundabout. We also passed Mr Blowout’s saxophone shop in the old toll booth on North Parade Road. It is a tiny looking shop but a unique use of space. Bath has the river Avon, a canal and a railway line all running through it.

Pulteney Bridge crosses the River Avon and was completed by 1774, and connected the city with the newly built Georgian town of Bathwick. The Grade 1 listed bridge was designed by Robert Adam in a Palladian style and it is one of only two bridges in the world to have shops built across its full span on both sides, the other is in Venice.

St. John the Evangelist in a Catholic church was designed by C. F. Hansom in decorated gothic style and has the tallest steeple in Bath. It has two beautiful rose stained glass windows, one in blue and the other in red, made by Hardman & Co. It also has lovely painted ceilings, carved stone and marble pulpit, tilework, corbels, roundels and a beautiful high altar by Thomas Earp of London.

The first cache we found was at the Abbey Green where we were able to retrieve it easily but putting it back was a little more difficult as the place seemed to suddenly fill with people. Mike had to pretend to take a photo of me as cover for my movements.  Since it is Sunday the opening hours for the Abbey are limited so we decided to visit another day. We collected the numbers for the church micro at Bath Abbey multi and completed the list of things we had to do for the Hot Springs earthcache.

We visited a Vodafone shop and upgraded our mobile phone plan to an 8MB of data with unlimited texts and calls (in the UK) for £6 less than I was currently paying. Then we wandered through the shopping precinct enjoying the atmosphere of buskers and shoppers, back across Pulteney Bridge and then along the canal in the general direction of home.

There are several multis along the canal. We did one called ‘Look Before You Leap’ where we had to visit various places picking up numbers along the way. The final spot where the cache was hidden was on a set of steps and we were having a few problems finding it. The hint was quite explicit but all of a sudden there were heaps of people using the steps. One little boy asked his Dad what we were doing and I thought we might have to explain but Dad just ignored us so we got away with it. We finally found the cache then turned our thoughts to where the house sit might be. I turned on my phone to get directions and we were 100m from home. We were very surprised but pleased as we had walked far enough for one day. We realised then that the canal and the railway line are just above the house. In fact, the high stone wall backing the section (the lot) of the house is actually the railway tunnel. Surprisingly, you hardly ever hear or feel the train despite its proximity.