Bath’s West End is often overlooked, yet it was here, on the site of Kingsmead Meadows, that the city’s 18th-century expansion got under way. Here too Beau Nash built himself a mansion – on the site of the city’s rubbish dump. Later, the area was home to Herschel, Fanny Burney and Nelson. After Nelson’s death at Trafalgar, new streets were named in his honour, and an imposing crescent was named after his home county of Norfolk.
In the 19th century, the meadows south of the river disappeared under a railway terminus, marshalling yards, gas and sewage works, and a vast industrial complex. Now, after decades of post-industrial dereliction, the city’s most ambitious regeneration project has arisen on part of the site.
This walk looks at the past, present and future of a part of the city that has perhaps changed more than any other.
This 2.5 mile/ 4km city walk is mostly level on pavements and hard surfaces, but with some steps.
The walk leader is Andrew Swift.
Outside the Cross Bath, west end of Bath Street BA1 1SJ.
Booking is essential, you can book your free ticket here.