After a murky start, the mist eventually cleared and the sun shone. Perfect for the new-to-us local walk we’d planned. Inspired by the map of places provided by Bathscape, we set off to visit Carrs Wood in Twerton.
I’m so glad we did – we had a lovely walk discovering a part of Bath neither of us know well. As well as the woodland, we saw the entrance to the Brunel rail tunnel (built to satisfy the then landowner who really didn’t want the railway going through their land) (the Carr family, who had woollen mills in Twerton and were a major employer). We found Pennyquick Park, which we’d never heard of. We saw the 1950s housing estate – a model of spacious, green layout, built to help meet housing shortages following WW2. We walked up through Bath City Farm from an entrance I haven’t seen before, up past a beautiful row of very old beech trees thought to have been planted by Mr Wilkins in the early part of the C19 (he was the previous owner of the woollen mills, who sold them to the Carr family). We sat on a bench with our flasks and chocolate, admiring the stunning views. And then our help was requested to retrieve two naughty goats and a sheep who had escaped and were ravaging the chard plants (we think a gate was left open by a visitor).
The rest of Sunday was a lazy day enjoying being indoors, with knitting and mugs of tea featuring alongside a lovely wood fire.