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Sydney Gardens

LOCALITY: Bath, Somerset
DISTANCE: 1 miles (1.61 km)
FACILITIES: Circular route, Suitable for wheelchairs, Toilets

GRADIENT: Quite steep in places
OS MAP: Bristol & Bath

Walk description:

Sydney Gardens is situated behind the Holburne Museum 0f Art, at the end of Great Pulteney Street. Sydney Gardens is Bath�s oldest park. It was planned and laid out by the architect Harcourt Masters in 1795 and is twelve acres in size.

There is limited short stay parking around the outside of the park.

The park contains trees, shrubberies, lawns and flower beds, tennis courts and a children�s play area and is popular for its bridge views of the railway line for spotting trains. The Kennet and Avon Canal also runs through the park.

On entering the park there are some toilets on your right. On trying to enter the toilet they were very dark, but as you entered a light came on. The toilets are very basic. There is a disabled toilet but you need a Radar Key.

I walked up the path, past the toilet. The path is tarmac and on an uphill incline. You come to a bridge that goes over a railway line. This has a good view over the railway line if you wish to train spot.

From here, keep walking and you will come to a second bridge. This crosses over the canal. You will then come to tennis courts.
Go right here and you will come to another entrance for the park. From her you can continue around the park until you get back to the original entrance.

Additional notes:

To make the walk longer, I left the park at the entrance passed the tennis court. I crossed the road and went down the lane between Sham Castle Lane and cleveland House.

The terrain was an uneven compact path. I then came to a fork in the path, which enables me to walk on either side of the canal. I went left and walked along, with the canal on my right side.

The path was a compact path, which was a little muddy as it had been wet. I walked all the way along until I came to bridge 188. From here, if you go up the slope you will come to a Tesco Express.

From here I retrace my steps back to Syndey Gardens and walked back down the second half of the park.

15/03/2009 | Walk posted by cathy nettley

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