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Countryside Views Of Bath From Beckford’s Tower

Countryside Views Of Bath From Beckford's Tower

One morning when the clouds over Bath parted and we were about to head out for the day to take some photos in the sunshine, Diane, the host at our charming B&B, offered to drive us into town so we wouldn’t have to walk. On the way, she took a small detour to show us some of the lesser known parts of Bath.

Our first stop was Lansdown Crescent, another of the crescent-shaped set of homes that are so popular in Bath. Even though it’s quite a bit smaller than the Royal Crescent and the Circus, I found this one to be even prettier than the other two!

Countryside Views Of Bath From Beckford's Tower

Countryside Views Of Bath From Beckford's Tower

Countryside Views Of Bath From Beckford's Tower

Lansdown Crescent

Lansdown Crescent sits high on Lansdown Hill with lovely countryside views of Bath over the tops of the trees. As we stood there taking photos, a herd of sheep were grazing just below us on a small patch of grass. The peaceful nature of the place is probably why William Beckford, one of Bath’s most famous residents, chose it as the place to live out his final years.

William Beckford was an English writer, better known for squandering his inheritance from his father on art and architecture than his writings. But the real scandal surrounding Beckford was the discovery and outing of his bisexuality after he’d been married. England in 1784 was not the tolerant society it is today, and due to the allegations against him, Beckford and his wife chose to exile themselves from Britain for a number of years.

Countryside Views Of Bath From Beckford's Tower

Countryside Views Of Bath From Beckford's Tower

Beckford’s Tower

On his return years later, Beckford moved into Lansdown Crescent and began building a large tower on the same hill to house his collection of books and art. After his death, Beckford’s Tower became a museum dedicated to his life and collections, and also his final resting place. Visitors can explore the museum, climb the 154 steps to the top of the tower, and wander through the pretty garden paths outside the museum.

Beckford’s Tower was closed when we visited, but it was no matter. The tower was not the focus of our stop there. Instead, we were there for the gorgeous, panoramic views of Bath’s countryside from the top of the hill.

Countryside Views Of Bath From Beckford's Tower

Countryside Views Of Bath From Beckford's Tower

Countryside Views Of Bath From Beckford's Tower

Countryside Views of Bath

From Beckford’s Tower, we walked along the paths through the cemetery, stopping to pay our respects at Beckford’s grave on the way, of course. From there, paths were cut through the trees, on the other side of which were some of the most stunning views of Bath that I’ve ever seen.

Thank goodness for the sunshine that day or we wouldn’t have been able to see this beautiful pastoral side of Bath! In addition to the view, there were also plenty of spots to lay out a blanket and read or have a picnic. Living in London has significantly increased my appreciation for wide open spaces and a little peace and quiet – I love our new city life, but it’s still nice to discover places like this to escape to when we travel!

Beckford’s Tower: Website
Address: Lansdown Road, Bath BA1 9BH

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Countryside Views Of Bath From Beckford's Tower

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20 Comments

  • Reply
    Emma @ AdventuresofaLondonKiwi
    October 18, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Oh, stunning!

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    Tina @ Girl-Meets-Globe
    October 18, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Beautiful!!! You must come visit us country bumpkins! We’ve got a nice forest practically on our doorstep!! :)

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    Jenn
    October 18, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Those views from the hill are the reason I want to visit the UK! I love the countryside and all of the pictures that I see from the UK countryside are breath taking!

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    Keith Wynn
    October 18, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Lansdown Crescent is amazing looking and I love that panoramic view of the countryside!

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    Nicole
    October 18, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    Oh I LOVE the views overlooking the city! How gorgeous! When we travel somewhere, we always ask the locals where they like to go, because they always have the best opinions and know their cities in and out. We’ve found some of the best places doing that!

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      Sarah Shumate
      October 18, 2013 at 7:52 PM

      You’re right! The locals always do know best! Plus, the places they tell you about are almost always less touristy than everywhere else, so its a chance to get away from the crowds for a bit!

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    Daphne
    October 18, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    I absolutely love your posts about Bath. It’s been on ny list for a while but these stories and photos are very persuasive.

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    Quyen Nguyen
    October 19, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    The view is spectacular! I love the green pastures.

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    Alex Fahey
    October 19, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Beautiful! I love that you always include the history of the place you are talking about!

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    Katrin
    October 19, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    Oh wow, now you made me want to travel there even more! :) The pictures are fantastic! And I love visiting old graveyards, it is always so fascinating!

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    Tammy Chrzan
    October 19, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    The views of Englands countryside just makes me want to melt!
    Beautiful.
    Perfect framing photo of you and your honey!
    Tammy

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    karis
    October 19, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Beautiful – and how lovely of your B&B host to take you on a little tour!

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    Miwa
    October 19, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    Wow!! What an amazing view! Your photos are always stunning :)

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    Natalie
    October 20, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    These photos are gorgeous, and I love the one of you too!

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    Ashlee - I'll Love You Forever
    October 22, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    Beautiful scenery!! Just gorgeous! And you guys are the cutest couple!

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    myfabfitforties
    October 23, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    Beautiful pics! I love the city too, but there’s just something about the country that makes you exhale & soak it all in!

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    Sammy @ Days Like This
    October 23, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    Stunning photos. The English countryside is so great.

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    Emmymom
    October 24, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    Oh my gosh that view!!! That is incredible, something from a fairy tale

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