Clifton suspension bridge which spans the river Avon has become the symbol of Bristol. This post is about the bridge’s designer Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Last Sunday our walk in the past walking group walked from Temple Meads railway station to Clifton Suspension bridge to see some of his legacy to the city. Our route round the old docks and up into Clifton is very popular with visitors to Bristol. The river Avon is too tidal and shallow for large boats to come into the heart of Bristol and the docks have been transformed into an area for pleasure craft with modern flats and restaurants. Continue reading “Brunel and Bristol”
Last week Steve the leader of our walk in the past walking group asked us to meet at the Museum of Bath Stone. in Coombe Down to the east of Bath. I have to admit my heart sank. After all quarries are not the most exciting subject. When I was growing up much of Bath was covered in soot from coal fires and steam trains and I always thought that Bath stone made the buildings look dreary. However when Bath was in its heyday in the late 18th century the honey coloured stone must have gleamed in the sunshine. Nowadays planning officials still insist that all building in the centre of town is made from the local stone. Continue reading “Coombe Down and the story of Bath Stone”
In a few weeks time, thousands of music lovers will again be descending on the small Somerset town of Glastonbury for the music festival. Local rumour has it that Paul McCartney might take to the pyramid stage this year. For a few days a huge tented city will appear and ageing hippies and others will be able to escape their everyday lives.
However today I am going to introduce you to the town of Glastonbury rather than Michael Eavis’s farm. Tickets to the festival sold out long ago and you can no longer gain entry to Worthy farm by climbing the fence. Continue reading “Glastonbury more than just a music festival”
After fifty years tolls have been removed from the Severn bridges which link England and Wales. As we can cross the river Severn for free we decided to revisit a couple of our favourite places in Monmouth, Tintern Abbey and Caerleon Roman camp this Easter. Both are managed by CADW, the organisation which looks after historical sites in Wales. If you enjoy visiting historical sites it is a good idea to take out an annual membership which allows free entry to all the CADW sites. For senior citizens like us it is £28.50 a year. Once in Wales both sites can be accessed easily from the M4 and are well signposted. Continue reading “Two CADW sites to visit near Chepstow”
A visit to the RHS flower show in Cardiff.
This weekend we visited Cardiff, the capital of Wales. It is a short hop across the Severn bridge from Bristol and we were able to catch a bus from Bristol to Newport and change for Cardiff.
We wanted to go to the RHS flower show which is held annually in Bute Park next to Cardiff Castle. The Royal Horticultural Society is a charity which was set up to encourage an interest in gardening. Cardiff flower show is the first show of the season and is held in April This means that you have a chance to buy plants in time for the summer. It is smaller and less crowded than the more famous shows like Chelsea. Continue reading “Cardiff Review of the RHS flower show”