I am a freelance writer, living in Bath with my wife and son.
I love my city, and love to live here. I write about Bath a lot, and sometimes about travels in Ireland and France.
Published July 14th 2017
Stunning City Views From A Secret Viewpoint
Want a fairytale, picture-perfect view of Bath? Look no further than this secluded platform, best viewed shortly before sunset on a clear day. The viewpoint itself is tucked away in one corner of beautiful Alexandra Park (named after Queen Alexandra), which is a lovely hilltop recreation area at the top of the 'Bear Flat' area. The park has a one-way system in place for cars, with ample and widespread parking around the circular road. If arriving on foot, just turn immediately left. The point is a one minute walk from the gates, but easy to miss as the majority of people head to the centre of the park with its children's playground and benches.
The viewpoint is a small rectangular platform built beside a narrow footpath, and the trees surrounding it have been cut back to reveal the stunning city views. The best way to find it is to walk past the public toilets and steer immediately to the right of the house with Black and White timbers. A prominent tree with its own bench can be found next to the viewpoint, but the best views are to be had flush against the high, black- painted iron railings.
Bath stone changes colour rapidly throughout the day, and it is especially beautiful just before sunset when it takes on a creamy peach hue. The whole of the city centre is laid out like a 3D map, and it is possible to see all of the major buildings and streets in remarkable detail. My son tells me it looks like a Fisher Price toy town, and he is right. This effect is intensified by the trains and buses which leave the station below, making their way in and out of the city. There is even a gentle hum of activity from the city below, which contrasts gently with the breeze-blown leaves of the park.
If you can tear your eyes away, then there is a great deal to enjoy within the park. The leafy calmness of the walkways is very special, and the trees that line the park are truly magnificent. With teasing vistas of the city peeping through the leaves, it is lovely to walk around to the larger, bench- clad viewpoint (head uphill and to the right). The view just is not anywhere near as lovely or peaceful, though.