My Bath: Skyline's ideal for clearing my head
Race director of this weekend’s Bath Half Marathon Andrew Taylor answers the questions in our My Bath feature
What's your favourite part of Bath?
It's got to be the Bath Skyline Walk off Bathwick Hill. I spend many an evening or weekend morning there walking our dog, Poppy, with my wife, Mel and our two boys, Ben and James. I also enjoy running along the Bath Skyline after a long day at work to clear my head.
Where's the best place to eat?
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Mel is a superb cook, but we still enjoy eating out. For the best coffee and light lunches in the week we are regulars at Ben's Cafe on Walcot Street, which is just around the corner from our office. The White Hart at Widcombe is fantastic for Sunday lunch and informal dining. For stylish evening meals we love Demuth's, or the ever classic Woods. We love Loch Fyne for fish and weekend brunch, and Bath's best-kept secret for chilling out has to be the Chapel Arts cafe.
What's the best view in the city?
Again, I'd have to say the Bath Skyline Walk. It's so nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city sometimes and reflect on the past day while overlooking Bath and its incredible views.
What would your perfect day in Bath entail?
We love walking into town on a sunny morning for a nice coffee somewhere like the Chapel Arts café or the new Carluccio's, followed by lunch in a local pub with Mel and our friends. Call me crazy, but we're also in the middle of a long-term, hands-on renovation project on a beautiful but somewhat neglected Georgian townhouse overlooking the city which Mel and I spend a lot of time working on. Believe it or not, I actually find it very therapeutic.
Where would you meet friends for a drink?
I'm a lifelong fan of proper English beer, and we're lucky to have a number of good local brewers producing high quality ales, and even the odd cider. The Pig and Fiddle in Broad Street is our local for an after-work drink, and the White Hart in Widcombe is an easy walk away. In the evenings, we like to pay the odd visit to Cote on Broad Street to meet friends.
What's your favourite shop?
I'm not a huge fan of shopping, and I don't really get much opportunity to explore the shops in Bath. When I do though, I love to pay a visit to Farpoint in Walcot Street to have a browse around all the latest Apple products. I'm a big fan of gadgets and technology. Also Running Bath for all my running gear and John's Bikes for cycling.
What one thing about Bath would you change?
It's a tricky one, as it truly is an amazing city to live in, and I sometimes feel Bathonians aren't the best at appreciating what we have around us. But if I'd have to choose one thing, I'd say safer cycling routes through the city centre. I commute to work by cycle and try to get around as much as I can by bike, but the routes through the city centre aren't the best, so it can sometimes be a bit on the dangerous side, particularly for children.
â The Bath Half takes place on Sunday, when almost 15,000 runners and 30,000 spectators will fill the city's streets.
Entries for next year's race will go on sale on Monday. To secure your place early for the event, which sells out well in advance of race day each year, go to www.bathhalf.co.uk.
â Next week – City centre ranger Sam Harding