Ashton Court Estate A walk in the park

The historic  850 acre Ashton Court Estate is a firm favourite with Bristolians. It is just 10 minutes from the centre of Bristol and is a marvellous place to relax or enjoy woodland walks, golf or mountain biking.  Nature lovers can enjoy watching herds of red and fallow deer, spotting the large oak trees, rare beetles or wild flowers. It is also home to the world famous balloon festival and in a normal year you can enjoy watching over a hundred balloons take off or see the magical night glow when the pilots light their burners in time to music. Continue reading “Ashton Court Estate A walk in the park”

Who was Edward Colston?

It has been a strange Spring  here in England. Half way through March the country was put into lockdown and we could only leave the house for essential shopping and short periods of exercise. For almost three months I have not been further than I can walk. My google time line reads 19 miles in March, 19 miles in April and a heady 26 miles in May. Now however the government is slowly easing the draconian restrictions and up to six people can meet up outdoors provided they social distance. Continue reading “Who was Edward Colston?”

A house through time series 3 Guinea Street Bristol

A house through time is a BBC 2 series which  tells the story of an English city through the history of one of its houses.  Two previous series, which I very much enjoyed have focused on the northern cities of Newcastle and Liverpool.  As I belong to a history walking group and have written on my blog about our walks through Bristol I was excited to discover that  the new series which starts this week is set in my home city.  I think we all enjoy looking through the keyhole of an old house and imagining what might have happened inside. If you live in an old house as we do, it is fun to try and find out as much as you can about the lives of the people who lived there before you.

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Bradford on Avon a winter history walk

The bridge over the river Avon Bradford on Avon
Bradford on Avon is a small Wiltshire town a few miles upriver from Bath. It is famous for its stone Saxon church as well as its huge medieval tithe barn. Visitors can enjoy walks along the river Avon or the Kennet and Avon canal.

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17th Century Bristol a walk with Samuel Pepys

The LLandogger trow
The LLandoger trow

Did you know Samuel Pepys, the famous London diarist visited Bristol in the 17th century? No neither did I. However when Pepys visited in 1668 as part of his work as a naval clerk  he was very impressed with the city calling it a second London.

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