Beyond Bristol: Wetland to marina

This lovely stroll should be enough to brighten anyone’s day. Walk Twenty-Six: Portbury Wharf and Portishead Marina contrasts the wetland nature reserve of Portbury Wharf with the modern residential development of Port Marine and Portishead Quays Marina. It’s a winning combination of big skies, water and wildlife with a very smart urban environment. I’m alsoContinue reading “Beyond Bristol: Wetland to marina”

Walks suitable for families

Families who are not going away for the summer may welcome some Bristol walks to get them out and about. I have been asked a few times which of my walks are most suitable for little legs and/or buggies. Here are some recommendations from the walks I have published so far. The City Docks Buggy-friendly:Continue reading “Walks suitable for families”

Spacious leafy streets, hidden meadows and woodlands

I’m pleased to announce the arrival of Walk Twenty-Four: Stoke Bishop and Sneyd Park. This walk starts and finishes on the Downs and uncovers spacious, leafy streets; hidden footpaths; and, on the steep sides of the Avon Gorge, two lovely nature reserves and an abandoned woodland garden. The walk is also highly customisable: there areContinue reading “Spacious leafy streets, hidden meadows and woodlands”

Old and new in east central Bristol

Better late than never, it’s time for Walk Three: The Eastern Arc. A walk around Redcliffe, Temple Meads, St. Philip’s and Old Market may not sound like such an appealing prospect but, for anybody who enjoys really urban walks, there is quite a lot to be discovered in this area. Perhaps more than any otherContinue reading “Old and new in east central Bristol”

Beyond Bristol: A walk along the Siston Brook

The time has come for another of my visits to a location beyond the city’s boundaries. Starting in Longwell Green, Walk Twenty-Nine: Willsbridge Mill explores the Willsbridge Valley nature reserve and surrounding area, following the Siston Brook in the direction of Oldland Common. A shorter walk than many in this collection, the walk is idealContinue reading “Beyond Bristol: A walk along the Siston Brook”

Catching up with South Bristol

As our private outdoor spaces begin to reopen, it’s finally time to release Walk Eight: Bedminster, Totterdown and Arno’s Vale. I had originally planned to launch the site with this walk, but when Arno’s Vale Cemetery made the understandable decision to close due to COVID-19, I had to put it on hold. The Cemetery isContinue reading “Catching up with South Bristol”

The village and valley of the River Trym

A walk around the old village centre of Westbury-on-Trym is always a winner for me at any time of year. In the quiet streets behind the High Street, you can transport yourself to imagined rural idylls as the river trickles gently past the cottages. The heart of the village is criss-crossed by old lanes andContinue reading “The village and valley of the River Trym”