Here is an outline plan:
Sunday 3 Jan: recce for a walk to the unmarked graves of Bath’s Victorian poor.
Sunday 7 Feb: No walk. Returning from Germany Forced Walk: Honouring Esther we walk on the Thursday and Friday 4 and 5 Feb…why not join us…on foot or online?
Sunday 6 March: Saltford loop….out on the tow path and back on the old railway line (or back on the bus if you prefer…)
Sunday 3 April: Saltford loop reversed (or meet at Saltford times tbc)
Sunday 1 May: Bath to Avonmouth on the River Avon Trail (early start)
At first exploring more on the slave trade and the legacies of slavery and empire…the focus is on the Brass Mills on the Avon, one of which survives at Saltford. Brass goods were made here for trading in West Africa for slaves… I am interested to exploring stories of goods made near Bath using the energy of the river Avon and traded in the first leg of the triangular trade …. what went down the river, what came back…humans, trade, sweat, brass etc. Was the currency of the slave trade manufactured along the river just outside Bath? What survives in stories and ghosts of those places….