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Bath by Air

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Bath is one of my favourite cities, with its Georgian architecture and elegant city planning, it remains largely un-touched by the passage of time or by the often bizarre planning choices that have blighted many other English cities.

On my latest visit, over the New Year period, it rained for most of the time, with the sun only managing to make an appearance for two or three days.  But on those rare occasions, I managed to get out and about early in the morning, and using the many parks and open spaces for safe Drone take-off’s, managed to get a bit of good video footage and stills.  Even from the air, Bath looks elegant, with it’s graceful crescents and well proportioned streets.

Bath Crescent

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Bath’s most famous landmark, the creation of architect John Wood, and probably the finest surviving example of Georgian architecture.  The front of the building is beautifully preserved and symmetrical, while the back has been left to less stringent planning controls (at least in the past), and is more of a hotchpotch of architectural additions and extensions.

Bath Abbey

Bath Abbey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Surprisingly, Bath does not have a Cathedral but rather this cruciform shaped Abbey, which stands in a prominent site in the city.  Established originally as a monastery, the Abbey has been modified and rebuilt several times over it’s life.  Inside, the vaulted ceilings are particularly spectacular.

Bath Ruby Ground

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The rugby ground forms part of a very large recreation space, right in the middle of Bath, bordered on one side by the river Avon.  It’s remarkable that it’s survived without being built on, although the 1970’s Sports and Leisure Centre that adjoins the ground is a pretty hideous building.

Argyle, Henrietta and Great Pulteney Street

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These streets, but particularly Great Pulteney Street, are amongst the most impressive in Bath.  Great Pulteney is the widest in Bath, and it’s uniform facades are a wonderful example of the grace and elegance of Georgian design

Kennet and Avon Canal

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This canal connects nearby river Avon with the Thames, some 57 odd miles away at Reading. It runs just South of the railway line in Bath, and before the railway opened, was an important commercial transportation link.  The Bath section contains around 6 locks in the Bath stretch, including Bath Deep lock, the second deepest in the country.  More about the canal here on Wikipedia, which also briefly describes some of the interesting buildings and bridges that the canal passes under.  Today the canal is a great resource not only for boating, but cycling and running.  There are also several good pubs along its banks.

 

 

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