The city’s hugely popular, annual walking festival – Bristol Walk Fest is back! The month-long celebration of all things walking throughout our beautiful city will take place from 1st to 31st May 2022, and we have a wealth of in-person walking related events and activities, self-guided walking routes and challenges, and much more for you throughout the national walking month of May. See the complete programme here.
Bridging Town & Country
10.30 am, Sunday 15th May
10.30 am, Wednesday 25th May (Rescheduled from 24th May)
Distance: 3.2 Miles
Duration: 2 hours 30 mins
Start: Clifton Suspension Bridge Visitor Centre
An engineering marvel, elegant architecture, a riverside walk and a deciduous wooded valley, each appealing enough on their own. But taken together, they form a richly varied and unforgettable walk. We start at the Clifton Suspension Bridge Visitor Centre, traverse the famous bridge above the gorge and descend Clifton’s streets to Hotwells, by way of hilly streets and narrow lanes. En route, commemorative green plaques embellish Georgian facades – they celebrate notable past residents of Bristol, and we will too, as we’ll pause briefly at each one. Crossing Cumberland Basin’s locks at the entrance to Bristol’s historic harbour, we see traces of the former Clifton railway station and head down the towpath beneath the bridge with Clifton’s terraces looming over us. Then a climb up through Nightingale Valley, the path flanked by ancient woodland. At North Road we head back to the Visitor Centre through the leafy suburb of Leigh Woods.