Friday, 14 March 2014

Bath / Prior Park Landscape Gardens

One of our most favourite day trips in Bath is to catch the open top bus from the end of our road, which drives us up the amazing Skyline route of the city, and then drops us off at the top of Prior Park Road ready to enter the National Trust property of the same name. This bus is fabulous for many reasons. Prior Park Landscape Gardens doesn't have a car park (other than disabled spaces) so it's not the most car friendly of locations. B loves riding on the open top bus, and it's a little known fact that the normally highly expensive tourist buses only charge locals £2.50 for a short route instead of the normal whopping great £14. So all in all, a great start to the day.
After a picnic at the top of the grounds, we head down one of the steep winding paths to the bottom of the gardens, collecting twigs and swinging on gates as we go.
As we near the bottom, we spy the incredible bridge, standing majestic over the the lake and usually accompanied by the odd swan and a small handful of other visitors. 

B loves running over this bridge, and I love sitting on a bench with a coffee from the little refreshment hut, soaking in the tranquility of this beautiful place tucked mere moments away from Bath city centre. We really are spoilt for choice in Bath when it comes to National Trust properties - getting membership was one of the best purchases we ever made! You'll notice in these photos that B is attired in two different outfits as the photos were taken in Autumn and now at the start of Spring.
We normally exit the property from the bottom gate (it saves the steep climb back up the hill), and walk along the back streets of the Widcombe area of Bath, past some utterly beautiful houses and the picturesque Thomas a Becket church.
Then after an ice cream and a drink on Widcombe Parade or in Prior Park Garden Centre, we join the canal and walk home peeking at the boats and watching the locks in action. A lovely early Spring adventure.