Grotty walk!

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.

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Austen’s picture

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.

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My photo

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!

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Another view of the muddy route.

The question of reinstating this historic walk has been raised many times before. I am sure it all comes down to ownership and money.

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Not much gravel there anymore.

I will pass this article past B&NES and see what comment we get.