Jane Austen may have featured it as a lover’s pathway – in her Bath-based novel Persuasion – but there’s nothing very romantic about the city’s 18th century Gravel Walk at the moment.
This footpath – laid out in 1771 to link the Royal CRescent with Queen Square – is in a bit of a mess.
Austen Milner asks me:
Hi Richard, have you taken a Mayor’s Guide tour along Gravel Walk recently? It’s currently a real mess and ironically it’s the Council trimming the bushes that are churning it up.
Such a poor view of a lovely and famous path. Can you highlight and see if BANES will commit to reinstating the gravel – it may still exist under the churned up mud.
I took a look myself Austen and must agree that it is looking a mess. I am sure the contractors would have preferred better weather but it has been raining for weeks!
The question of reinstating this historic walk has been raised many times before. I am sure it all comes down to ownership and money.
I will pass this article past B&NES and see what comment we get.