Bradford on Avon
The town rises steeply from the river in terraces seemingly sculpted from the hillside. Unlike its hedonistic neighbour Bath, Bradford was unashamedly workaday and business-like although its merchants and mill owners built exquisite neo-classical townhouses and surprisingly elegant mills in mellowed Bath stone. On the edge of town we see the site of a hermitage on our way to an architectural jewel, the nationally important Saxon church of St Laurence. A riverside path takes us to another important ancient building, this time a massive fourteenth century tithe barn alongside an old canal. A walk to remember.