Regency Cheltenham

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Cheltenham became a spa town in 1716 when, according to legend, pigeons were noticed pecking at salty deposits around a spring and the first medicinal waters were discovered. In 1788 King George III came to drink the waters for himself and the transformation of the town into a fashionable health resort began. The town went on to develop its architectural style with sweeping classical terraces and broad, tree-lined avenues. Cheltenham is now the most complete Regency town in England, a town specifically designed for leisure and pleasure.

The walk starts from the station and heads for the town centre and then onto Pitville Park and the Pump Room, the only spa building left in Cheltenham today. The route there takes you through several of the town's beautiful gardens and along the Promenade, Cheltenham's principal street with its fine Regency terraces and Neptune Fountain.

The first half of the walk involves crossing and walking along some very busy roads. The return to the station is much quieter and away from the traffic, as a disused railway known as the Honeybourne Line is followed, much of it above the town looking down.

England - South West England - Gloucestershire - Town or city

Features

Ancient Monument, Cafe, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Good for Wheelchairs, Lake/Loch, Mostly Flat, Play Area, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, Tea Shop, Toilets

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