A long river and village ramble

The latest and longest walk to be added to this collection, despite starting and finishing in Brislington, is more of a country walk than an urban walk. It should be treated as such, with good walking footwear being an essential requirement. The ten-mile Walk Forty-One: Eastwood Farm and Stockwood Vale connects a series of pocketsContinue reading “A long river and village ramble”

Wildlife corridors of southeast Bristol

Bristol’s most south-easterly suburb of Stockwood and the adjoining village of Whitchurch are not well-known to most Bristolians. However, the two communities – along with neighbouring Brislington – are connected by a series of lovely, quiet green corridors and spaces. Walk Forty: Whitchurch and Stockwood makes a broad loop around the area, taking in twoContinue reading “Wildlife corridors of southeast Bristol”

A spring stroll around Long Ashton

The village of Long Ashton has been bypassed for so long that it’s not really on most Bristolians’ radars. It just sits there quietly at the side of the Ashton Brook valley, often seen, but seldom visited – unless you’re in the habit of cycling the Festival Way. Walk Thirty-Eight: Long Ashton explores this quietContinue reading “A spring stroll around Long Ashton”

Future updates, and walks now in print

Future updates, and walks now in print Greetings, readers! As the spring beckons, I am planning to add at least 3-4 walks to the site over the coming months, subject to good weather and my other commitments. The areas I am hoping to cover include Hanham, Brislington, Whitchurch/Stockwood and Long Ashton, with walks ranging fromContinue reading “Future updates, and walks now in print”

History and wildness in Lawrence Weston

Right on the northwestern edge of Bristol, the Lawrence Weston housing estate may not seem like an obvious place to go for a walk. However, the area benefits from its close proximity to both Blaise Castle Estate and the wilder areas that border Avonmouth. Walk Thirty-Six: Lawrence Weston is a longish circuit that seeks toContinue reading “History and wildness in Lawrence Weston”

A return to the Frome Valley

If you’ve done Walk Twenty ‘Stapleton and the Frome Valley’ a few times and are becoming over-familiar with it, then this new walk may be the perfect companion piece for it. Walk Thirty-Five ‘Hambook and Winterbourne Down’ explores a quieter and more rural section of the Frome Valley on the other side of the M4Continue reading “A return to the Frome Valley”

A quiet backwater across the Avon

One of my son’s friends, who lives in this area, recently told him that “Pill is always grey”. Hoping to prove him wrong, we chose what was meant to be a bright morning to combine this walk with another essential journey for our daily exercise, but in the end we had a slight weather malfunctionContinue reading “A quiet backwater across the Avon”

Unfinished business in south Bristol…

We have been taking the ‘stay local’ advice pretty seriously during lockdown, but the half term holidays call for slightly more flexibility if we’re going to stay sane. Despite the grey weather, therefore, we went out to do a walk that we could reach with only a short drive from home. Walk Seven: The NewContinue reading “Unfinished business in south Bristol…”