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6 vantage points where you're guaranteed greats views in Bath

PUBLISHED: 09:30 16 April 2019

Widcombe area

Widcombe area

Casper Farrell

There are several vantage points you can walk to which give stunning views of the city of Bath, says photographer Casper Farrell

You often miss what you see every day, taking what's on your doorstep for granted. Photographer Casper Farrell, who's lived in Bath for nearly three decades, would travel to Wales or Dorset to take landscape shots, but then he started taking photographs closer to home.

Bath, he says, is beautiful, and in particular: “The stonework seems to reflect the light so well in any weather.”

Approaching “from the outside in”, he seeks out a viewpoint, where he can see the city from afar, then focuses in on the detail. And it's often the overlooked which will grab his attention.

“I try to avoid the main landmarks; I love Pulteney Bridge and the Crescent but I try to show the city off from the hidden angles.”

So, he goes for the tops of buildings, as viewed from the abbey roof, or the golden sweep of stone revealed in a shot of the backs of rows of houses.

Casper writes a blog, Brilliant Bath, which showcases his photographs and the city he loves.

He's selected a series of viewpoint walks, “designed to inspire people to jump off the sofa and pull on their walking boots!” he says.

“Just step out of the city and you'll get rewarded by stunning views.”

Kelston Hill:

“Located above the picturesque village of Kelston and also reached via Weston village this prominent hill is the location of an ancient barrow. Offering stunning views over Bath and further afield towards Bristol this is a walk that's worth spending time at the peak to soak in all the fascinating landscape features.”

Kelston HillKelston Hill

Bathwick Meadows:

“The view over Bath starts right at the entrance to this incredible spot - be sure to look over your shoulder and gaze in amazement at the city beyond which is now framed by a sweep of townhouses- worthy of a trip as the sun is setting to appreciate the 'golden glow' that Bath is famous for.

The picturesque meadows are a beautiful natural haven sitting high over the city below.”

Bathwick meadowsBathwick meadows

Bath Abbey Tower:

“To discover the beauty of Bath's delights at close hand (or eye) a journey to the peak of the city's most iconic building is an opportunity not to be missed. The Bath Abbey Tower tour offers visitors the unique experience of ascending ancient stone steps and taking a stroll across historic roof-spaces, soaking up a view that will take your breath away.”

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Widcombe area:

“A tiny hamlet tucked away on the south side of the city. The Kennet and Avon canal meanders through the lower part where beautiful Georgian properties dotted along the banks stand out like beacons along the route.

“There are some stunning views over the city to be found here too. Best visited on a later afternoon stroll, as the sun begins to dip behind the architectural monoliths in Bath, the Abbey or any number of church spires are cast into gorgeous silhouette as dusky light beams through trees and gaps in the dwellings.”

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Alexandra Park:

One of Casper's favourite viewpoints where “a long zoom will pick up the detail below”.

“This incredible peak offers an experience unlike any other in the city. A steep edge drops away revealing almost the entire vista of Bath before your eyes. Soak in that scene and pick out incredible landmarks, from the Royal Crescent in the west to peaks of churches and Bath Abbey in the east.

Alexandra ParkAlexandra Park

Warminster Road:

“A view like no other in Bath, where the backs of the townhouses are just as attractive as the fronts!

A blend of historic architecture and natural landscape meld together to create a perfect image of Bath in any weather.”

Warminster RoadWarminster Road

For more details, including directions for all the walks, and to see more of Casper's work go to brilliantbath.co.uk.

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