Tour Locations | Walk the Highlights of Georgian & Victorian Bath
LOCATION 29 | Walk the Highlights of Georgian & Victorian Bath
Gravel Walk - steps
Just around the corner on your left are stone steps. Please stop in front of them.
These are the eastern end of the pathway called Gravel Walk – we had a quick look earlier at the western end, when you took your last look at the Royal Crescent. This pathway was put here in the 1770s to connect the centre of Bath with the new development of the Royal Crescent. This was always a good place to walk as Bath was a place to be seen, and to see others of course, as the city during this period acted as a marriage market, and so this was a good place to get yourself noticed! - especially when you were wearing your paste, powder, perfume – the essential make up of any self-respecting gentleman - and lady of course!
Let's keep moving.
With the steps in front of you, turn to your right and continue past the old red telephone box and walk along the sidewalk of Queens Parade Place, until you reach the road at the end called Gay Street, named after a Doctor.
You may have heard of Gravel Walk before and if so, perhaps you are an avid reader of a lady novelist called Jane Austen, who lived in Bath in the early 1800s. It was in one of her books – titled Persuasion, that she mentions Gravel Walk and many other places in Bath also. Jane Austen and many other writers, musicians, painters, all made Bath their home for a time during Bath’s Georgian period.