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The top spot

Bath alumni share their best-loved places around Claverton Down and the city.

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Carole Greenall (BA MLES French & German 1978)

Group of students in front of a rock
Near Eastwood accomodation, circa 1978.

“On the way to the golf course from Eastwood there was a small cave with a rock pillar in front. Fantastic view down into the valley with just rolling hills beyond!”

Jackie Wilson (French & Russian 2001-02)

People sat on benches around Bath Abbey
Abbey Square.

“I used to sit on the benches in the square by the Abbey and eat my chocolate-coated strawberries from a lovely little shop there on the corner.”

Dr Andrew Symons (PhD Pharmacy & Pharmacology 1971)

“The Saracens Head pub in town. On Saturday evenings after playing rugby in the ’60s, lots of the local teams would be there.”

Dr Ioanna Stamataki (PhD Civil Engineering 2020)

Puleteney Bridge and Weir
Pulteney Weir.

“There’s something relaxing about sitting and listening to the sound of the water going over the weir and covering the everyday noise of the city.”

Allan Mansfield (BEng Materials Science & Engineering 2000)

The Royal Crescent
The Royal Crescent from Marlborough Buildings.

“The view across the Royal Crescent (and the whole of Bath) from my top-floor flat in Marlborough Buildings. I miss waking up every morning and looking out over such a beautiful city.”

Dr Russ Sims (PhD Chemistry & Education 1978)

Group of people sat beside a lake
The lake at Claverton Down.

“I certainly liked sitting and reading by the lake, but it could get very busy and not too quiet at times. I used to like sitting by the wall between campus and the golf course, too.”

Jackie (BSc Physics 2012)

View over Bath from a hillside
Looking down over Bath from the Skyline.

"The view from the Bath Skyline walk never gets old. After a stressful day, it helped to put things in perspective and gave you time to breathe.”

Dr Di Cope (PhD Biochemistry 1994)

“St James’s Square – a Georgian square behind The Circus. My favourite, because we lived there! It was my first home with my boyfriend, in 1990, and we’re still together now.”

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This article was edited by Emma Davies for BA2 Issue 28, published August 2020.