Visited various times in the four seasons.
Why not slow down, forget the consumer society as much as you can and just look at this water, where it comes from, where it might go to. This is part of a World Heritage site, as of 1987. Legend has it that a town on the site was founded in 860 BC by Prince Bladud. The Romans built a temple there around 50 A.D. and shortly after the town grew up called Aque Sulis, the waters of Sul.
The population of Bath was 33,000 in 1801 and now it is only 84,000. If you compare the growth rate of most towns this is very small and you will realise that the intimacy of this delightful city has been maintained.
Folks this is not just a river. Look at the way the architecture of it has been designed not only for its own needs but to fit the landscape. Try to imagine the river without any houses and see the natural flow through what is a river valley.
Think what it could have been used for and why there is a sluice currently closed but what might it have been used for. Is it as simple as dealing with the flow of water in the winter.
I have been witness to a huge flow of ice melt water in the spring and a lazy flow in the summer with pleasure boats plying up and down.
Why not go over the river towards the Cricket ground, down the steps towards the river itself, and just take time off from consumption and walk up and down and maybe sit down and people watch. The cafes there are not gourmet but seasonal certainly enough for cup of tea or coffee or a snack.
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