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…”

Beyond Bristol: The perfect winter stroll

In recent years, it’s become a bit of a family tradition that we do this walk with my parents at around the New Year period. As such, hot on the heels of Friday’s major new update, I’m bringing you a little something extra. Walk Twenty-Eight: Chewton Keynsham is one of the shortest walks in thisContinue reading “Beyond Bristol: The perfect winter stroll”

Green spaces of Bristol’s northwestern suburb

Shirehampton is a north Bristol oddity, a suburb that is part of the city but also feels like a self-contained village. In part this is because it is surrounded by a number of unique and interesting green spaces that separate it from much of the rest of the urban area. Walk Thirty-Two: Shirehampton and King’sContinue reading “Green spaces of Bristol’s northwestern suburb”

Waterways of southeast Bristol

As we were searching for things to do in that funny period of time between the end of school and Christmas itself, December threw up another one of its rare golden sunny days. Walk Eighteen: Brislington and St. Anne’s has been delayed for some time for the simple reason that we didn’t get round toContinue reading “Waterways of southeast Bristol”