CITY OF BRISTOL TRAIL
BWF PT No 204 - 12km
Walk Organiser: Tony Ash, 79 Chelston Avenue, Yeovil, Somerset, BA21 4PT. Tel 01935 474388.
Walk Fee: £1.00, Embroidered Badge £2.00.
Start: Temple Meads Railway Station, Bristol [GR 172/597724]
From inside of main entrance of station follow sign to Temple Quay. Pass through Brunel’s broad gauge railway terminal (now a car park) down the slope through another car park, cross road into paved walkway to reach river and bridge in front. Turn left on quayside, river on right, to pass under double road bridge to reach next road bridge, turn left up slope to road, turn right over bridge. 100m turn left uphill on Tower Hill, at top turn left along tree lined road turning right into park between bollards. Ahead on footpath passing bandstand and church shell on right to reach road and cross at second pedestrian crossing up from bridge heading for Baldwin Street to the left of St Nicholas church. Straight on for 20m then turn right up steps to St Nicholas Market. Ahead over road into All Saints Lane to end and turn left. At main market entrance on left stop at notice board with reference to the Corn Exchange Clock.
Q1 What “ Bristol time” does the noon train to London from Temple Meads leave?
Straight on into Clare Street to cross road at pedestrian crossing to pedestrian plaza and ahead passing water fountains on right and ahead to the left of quay to turn right over Pero’s (ear trumpet) footbridge and ahead to “we the curious”. Turn right to cross main road, right again, left up steps and emerge into College Green, turn left to reach Bristol Cathedral notice board to left of entrance.
Q2 Who is the Dean?
Turn right passing water feature on left in front of the City council building (golden unicorns on roof) to road, turn left up Park Street to second road on left (Charlotte Street, 100m before the impressive Bristol University/City Museum buildings), turn left to end, turn right up steps then left to path into Brandon Hill Park. Take the first right fork uphill ignoring right and left turns to level path at benches/Peace Plaque/pond, turning left down steps on left to bottom, turn left. Straight on path to crossing by benches and litter bin and turn sharp right downhill between park info sign and litter bin passing blue panelled apartments on left reaching the Wildlife Centre on the right to steps and road. Cross and go up Constitution Road (1 in 6!), straight on up to top (Lower Clifton Hill sign opposite). Cross road go up diagonal path opposite to “T” turn left for 10m then right through gate, War Memorial on right and ahead on tree arched St Andrews Walk to end at The Fosseway. Cross road, pass bus shelter and hotel crossing road onto diagonal walled path (Victoria Square) to go through arch into Boyce’s Avenue (shops!) and ahead to T junction and road, cross zebra crossing to left, turn left then immediately right into Princess Victoria Street. Ahead to turn right into The Mall to the end. Cross zebra crossing to right and half left across parkland, cross road and head in same direction sign posted “Observatory” slightly uphill. Pass Observatory on right for 50m to notice board.
Q3 What are the two Whitebeam varieties?
Retrace steps along path keeping fence/hedge on right overlooking the gorge with the Observatory on left, turn right down winding path passing rock slide to road. Cross and turn right to walk across Brunel’s Clifton Suspension Bridge. Admire the view especially down!
Straight on road to bear left into Burwalls Road and follow to reach the National Trust sign for Leigh Woods, enter metal fenced enclosure, go through gap and follow distinct path through woods keeping roughly parallel to road on right to reach concrete block. Turn left, over bridge and turn right onpath to go under graffitied road bridge to small staggered wooden gates, cross tramway, turn left to cross refurbished gridded bridge. At end, ahead slightly left and follow road round to right passing red bricked warehouse on right, at 30 signs, cross to Avon Crescent road sign, turn right along pavement to enter Underfall Yard. Pass HARBOUR MASTER on left to reach quayside, turn right. Follow harbourside path around to the right then left at slipway to join road with old rail track, continue following rails to turn left through black bollards on path to road and Aardman studios in front, turn left to reach Brunel’s information board on left.
Q4 What is depicted at No 8?
Carry on to Floating Harbour, turn right and follow quayside to pass M Shed and cranes to cross Wapping Road onto “cobbled” way, turning right then left over blue bridge, turn left pass the Ostrich on right following “cobbles” round to right and pass wooden building on left, cross rough ground to gap and road, turn right. Keep on pavement passing the Quaker Burial Ground on right to cross road to left at zebra crossing to St Mary Redcliffe church, an outstanding architectural building. Ahead along Redcliffe Way on the right hand side to reach the Holiday Inn Express. Cross road, turn right then left up Station Approach to end, well done.
It is advisable to use the Brislington Park and Ride [does not operate Sundays/Bank Holidays] if not using the railway public transport system. The drop off and pick up is at the Express Holiday Inn which is located [ask the driver!] at the bottom of Temple Meads Station Approach. As in most towns/cities car parking is expensive, on road parking on Cumberland Road, near the SS Great Britain approach road, is free and normally plentiful at weekends, turn into Gasferry Road [Wallace and Grommit Studios] to Alternative start point on route description.
Route updated 26 July 2018
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