Breakfast – What better way to start the day than to enjoy the cosy setting of Café au Lait, conveniently located right opposite Bath Spa station? Everyone should find something to their taste on the extensive, affordable brunch menu involving avocado, eggs, heavenly tasting buttermilk pancakes, fresh fruit or porridge.
First up: Alexandra park and its stunning views of the city, starting right behind the station. The walk is uphill and can be challenging but fear not; it is most definitely worth it. Once you have taken hundreds of pictures in panorama mode, you will be able to walk down and find the canal pathway starting opposite the Travelodge. Keep following the riverside, where you will be able to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere until reaching Sydney Gardens. This is one of Bath’s most beautiful parks. Don’t forget to stop for coffee or cake at their cute little cafe!
Lunch: All this walking will hopefully have whetted your appetite, and your taste buds will thank you once you have been to the Thoughtful Bread Company, a small artisan-producer based bakery where you will be able to choose from delicious salads, sandwiches, wraps, and delightful cakes, all made with organic, fresh ingredients. My personal favourite is the polenta cake, but do not hesitate to ask the friendly staff for their recommendations!
After lunch, head to the Circus, followed by the Royal Crescent, which are the highlights of our beautiful city. Instead of walking back down after this, as most people usually do, try walking up all the way to the Approach Golf Course, which you can go through by staying on Weston Road. At the end of the golf course, head towards Royal Victoria Park which is just on your left, and make sure you visit the botanical gardens, especially in the summer. Once you have explored all the different areas, leave the park and join the riverside to walk all the way back to City Centre and the station. This is a very nice pedestrian path, which is shared with bikers traveling all the way to Bristol, a close by city offering different type of architecture than our very own Bath.
Dinner– After having discovered so many sights, who would not enjoy a nice evening of great food at the Graze Bar & Chophouse? This restaurant is on the same level as the train platforms and offers a lovely view of the city centre. They are also a micro-brewery; so if you are a beer amateur, why not try their unique brew? Their food menu has a strong focus on British meat, but you can also get fish or vegetarian options, which are all delicious. There is always a great atmosphere, courtesy of their music choice so let me warn you: it will make you want to dance in the middle of your meal.