Walks

This page lists all of the walks that I am currently proposing to feature on this site. They will be added to the web site over time. Once each walk has been added, you will be able to click on its title in the list below.

You can also view the proposed walks on a map:

Bristol overview map
Bristol overview map

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The City Centre & Clifton

The real revelations for many readers will be the more outlying and suburban walks, but you have to start somewhere. Readers who don’t know the city very well should definitely start by checking out the city centre, the docks and the many delights of Clifton. Readers who know the city a little better may also find it rewarding to explore some of the more marginal areas where the urban and the inner-city become blurred.

Walk 1: Introduction to Bristol
Get to know the mainstream parts of Bristol City Centre.

Walk 2: The City Docks
Witness the character, evolution and vibrancy of Bristol’s historic Floating Harbour.

Walk 3: The Eastern Arc
Visit the edgier parts of central Bristol lying just to the east, and then visit the shops.

Walk 4: The Northern Edge
Georgian squares, historic gardens and panoramic views from the Kingsdown escarpment.

Walk 5: Introduction to Clifton
Venture into the fashionable surroundings of Clifton Village and check out the Avon Gorge.

Walk 6: The Clifton Hillside
Explore a maze of fascinating steps and lanes amidst the lesser-known Clifton hillside area.

The Inner Suburbs

Don’t overlook the inner suburbs and old industrial neighbourhoods for their walking potential. Many of the city’s most intriguing green spaces can be found in these areas. They also contain a multitude of odd nooks and crannies and old footpaths. A few of these walks may be too purely residential for some readers, but all have their rewards.

Walk 7: The New Cut and Southville
Discover the New Cut of the River Avon, built in 1809, and the undulating suburb to the south.

Walk 8: Bedminster, Totterdown and Arno’s Vale
From the Victorian industrial suburb of Bedminster to the wilderness of Arnos’ Vale Cemetery.

Walk 9: Knowle, Windmill Hill and the Northern Slopes
Explore the lower reaches of the Malago river and the semi-wild Northern Slopes, the best-kept secret of South Bristol.

Walk 10: Upper Knowle and Kensington Park
Explore lived-in Edwardian streets and the wildlife of Callington Road Nature Reserve

Walk 11: Easton and Eastville
Uncover a dense inner-city heartland, major green spaces and the Bristol & Bath Railway Path.

Walk 12: St. Paul’s and St. Werburgh’s
Venture from grittiest Stokes Croft to the wildlife haven of Ashley Vale, and back.

Walk 13: St. Andrew’s and Ashley Down
See the unpretentious Victorian leafiness of St. Andrew’s and the hillside suburb of Montpelier.

Walk 14: Cotham and Redland
Explore a sprawl of graceful Victorian houses and tree-lined streets.

Walk 15: Bishopston and Westbury Park
From the Victorian era to the Edwardian period and beyond.

Walk 16: Northern Clifton and the Downs
Experience the spacious Downs, and delve into the tightly knit streets surrounding Blackboy Hill.

Walk 37: Whitehall, the Coombe Brook and St. George
Seeking out the wilder corners of the east Bristol sprawl.

Outlying Walks

The outer suburbs and the periphery of the city are where things get really interesting when it comes to river valleys and the city’s large country parks. Some of my personal favourite walks can be found in this section.

Walk 17: The Malago, Crox Bottom and Novers Hill
Discover Bristol’s least-known river, the Malago, as it threads its way through the suburbs of South Bristol.

Walk 18: Brislington and St. Anne’s
Follow Brislington Brook as it threads its way through suburban surroundings towards the River Avon.

Walk 19: Crew’s Hole, Conham and St. George
Explore the lattice-work of lanes on the north side of the verdant Avon Valley and the striking surroundings of Troopers’ Hill.

Walk 20: Stapleton and the Frome Valley
Navigate the winding valley of the River Frome and discover not just one, but two historic villages.

Walk 21: Stoke Park and Purdown
Explore the extensive parkland that most Bristolians just rush past on the M32.

Walk 22: Henleaze and Westbury-on-Trym
A taste of leafy suburbia, another historic village centre and the wooded valley of the River Trym.

Walk 23: Blaise Castle Estate and Kings Weston Down
Visit suburban Bristol’s largest parkland estate, and discover the fairytale quiet of Blaise Hamlet.

Walk 24: Stoke Bishop and Sneyd Park
Learn where Bristol’s wealthy live in leafy quiet, and visit the lovely nature reserves of Old Sneed Park and Bennett’s Patch.

Walk 25: Ashton Court, Leigh Woods and the Avon Gorge
Venture over the boundary into North Somerset to see a major country park, mature woodland and the towpath running through the striking Avon Gorge.

Walk 32: Shirehampton and Kings Weston House
Visit an historic centre, a fine country house and airy natural spaces alongside the River Avon.

Walk 34: Hallen and Avonmouth North
Discover the layers of history beneath an industrial area of Avonmouth by following its old country lanes.

Walk 36: Lawrence Weston
Discover the wild places and surprising historic features of north Bristol’s outermost council estate.

Beyond Bristol

Although the focus of my project is firmly on the city, there are a number of walks in the city’s neighbouring towns and villages that offer a similar blend of the urban and wild. Here are just a handful, including three that open a window on the big skies of the Severn Estuary coast.

Walk 26: Portbury Wharf and Portishead Marina
Contrast a coastal nature reserve with North Somerset’s answer to Monte Carlo.

Walk 27: Portishead Coast Path
A walk with many faces, a semi-urban coast path following the stony Portishead shore.

Walk 28: Chewton Keynsham
A pleasant stroll in the lower reaches of the Chew Valley.

Walk 29: Willsbridge Mill
A woodland nature reserve following the Siston Brook.

Walk 30: Siston Common
The extraordinary contrast of an ancient common carved up by roads and rail.

Walk 31: Severn Beach
The big sky and endless fresh air of the Severn Estuary.

Walk 33: Ham Green and Pill
Explore one of Bristol’s nearest villages, which also manages to be a world away.

Walk 35: Hambrook and Winterbourne Down
Discover another section of the lovely Frome Valley and the villages that border it.

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