“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”
– Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
I could not have put it better myself, and as I swelter quietly at my desk, I long to be out there on the water, sunlight pouring through the dappled shade of the trees, one hand on the tiller and the other holding a nice, cool drink…
But alas, I am not on holiday! But if you’re likely to be soon and you’re heading to Bath, don’t miss your chance to take dear old Ratty’s advice:
Pulteney Cruisers operate hourly tours up and down the Avon from the scenic Pulteney Bridge and Weir to Bathampton and back. While the skipper gets you where you’re going – and provides some commentary on the notable sights – you are free to sit back, relax and watch the riverbank go sliding by… The sharp-eyed among you may even spot the occasional otter!
Or if you want a little more automony, why not explore the picturesque byways of the Kennet and Avon Canal with Bath Narrowboats? Choose from a wide range of diesel-powered narrowboats for groups of all sizes, for half-day, full-day or even overnight hire, and make sure the kids keep a lookout for Rosie and Jim!
Of course, you may well prefer to row, row, row your boat gently down the stream, in which case Bath Boating Station has a flotilla of skiffs and punts (great for groups or couples) as well as kayak- and Canadian-style canoes. All vessels are available to hire by the hour, or for a full day if you want to really push the boat out (pun intended)!
Another great thing about rowing from ‘A’ to ‘B’ is that you can do so entirely under your own power – great exercise and eco-friendly too.
We try to be as environmentally conscious as we can here at Three Abbey Green, so we were eager to sign up when offered the chance to join a new waste management scheme operated by the Bath BID . Daily collections of refuse and recycling are taken to a central facility where everything is sorted and recycled – this means we are now recycling around 98% of all waste! Bath BID provide lots of other great services too, playing an invaluable role in keeping the centre of Bath clean, safe and well maintained for all our lovely visitors – thanks BID!
And finally, as Royal fever spreads across the nation at the arrival of baby Prince George, what better time to salute the proud new parents? From 7th September, The Holburne Museum will be proud to display the first ever official portrait of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. On loan from the National Portrait Gallery, The Duchess of Cambridge by Paul Emsley was painted in nearby Bradford-on-Avon where the artist is based. The Holburne Museum is the only planned additional venue for its display this year, and will play host to the portrait until 6th November.
So there you have it! It’s a great time to be in Bath – come on down and stay with us at Three Abbey Green.