We’re incredibly lucky to be surrounded by beautiful countryside here in Bristol and Spring is the perfect time of year to explore it. Over the coming months, we’ll be bringing you some of our favourite walks and hikes for you to explore, and here’s our first batch, just in time for the sun…
This is one of our favourites. It’s a bit of a challenge, as it’s quite a climb in places, but nothing too extreme. And oh my gosh, the views! Starting in Blagdon, you climb up a hill and get the most incredible views over the Chew Valley. And that’s just for starters. Further along you’ll pass through the gloriously named Velvet Bottom nature reserve, the tranquility of Long Wood and the Blackdown Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty. Highly recommended!
This one is perfect if you don’t have a car as it’s very easily accessible from the city centre. It’s an easy walk taking in some of Bristol’s famous views over Avon Gorge, Clifton Suspension Bridge and Ashton Court. There are loads of weird and wonderful points of interest along the way including an Iron Age fort, a miniature railway, an old priory, a magnificent orangery and the tranquil beauty of Abbots Pool.
The Mendips are such a treasure for us Bristolians. Just 20mins drive from the city centre, there are so many great walks in these parts. This is another easy enough ramble, with some incredible scenery and points of interest including the ‘Rock of Ages’, loads of stuff for keen geologists (if that floats your boat), some Bronze Age barrows and stunning views over Beacon Batch, the highest point in the Mendips.
This one is perfect for families. Right next to Weston-Super-Mare, Sand Point is an extension of the Mendip Hills made of limestone with unusual volcanic intrusions that juts into the Bristol Channel. You’ll get great views across the Bristol Channel to Wales, and up the Bristol Channel to the Severn bridges and lots of wildlife and archaeological features to explore.
A lovely easy walk staring at the village of Blagdon and heading down to and over the dam and around the lake, passing through or near to Butcombe, Nemnett Thrubwell, Ubley and back to Blagdon.