Legendary giants and a fairytale hamlet

I can’t imagine there are many Bristolians who haven’t – at some stage – paid a visit to the wonderful landscape of Blaise Castle Estate, but there may be a bit more to the area than you realise. Walk Twenty-Three ‘Blaise Castle and Kings Weston Down’ offers a thorough exploration of the main parts ofContinue reading “Legendary giants and a fairytale hamlet”

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”