The Frome valley riverside walkway forms a green corridor from the Bristol harbourside for about twenty miles to the source of the river Frome in Dodington Park near Chipping Sodbury on the edge of the Cotswolds. Last week our walking group covered the first five miles from the centre of the city east through the inner city with its graffiti and litter on through Eastville Park and Oldbury Court estate to Frenchay. The green corridor means that otters, bats, foxes squirrels and rabbits can often be seen in the heart of the city. Part of the walkway is close to where we live and we often spot cormorants, kingfishers and herons waiting to catch something for their dinner. Continue reading “Frome riverside walkway”
Bristol is my home city and I love it . The area around Bristol harbour is particularly popular with tourists and I think it is a lovely place for families to spend a couple of days. If you are planning to visit Bristol with children I have a few suggestions of activities you might enjoy. The Bristol tourist office is located on the harbourside and they have a good selection of leaflets, maps and souvenirs. They are also happy to answer any questions.
Bristol used to be an important port but the river Avon is too narrow and tidal for large modern boats to navigate. The old harbour has been transformed into a popular area for leisure with museums, art galleries, cafes and bars.
Although you can walk around the harbour children might prefer to catch a yellow ferry boat. There are sixteen stops including Millenium Square and the SS. Great Britain. Continue reading “7 things to do with children near Bristol harbour”
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”
Did you know Charles and John Wesley built the very first Methodist chapel here in Bristol?
A lot of people visit Broadmead, the shopping district in the middle of Bristol without realising that the chapel exists. But you can discover it opposite the Galleries shopping centre by Marks and Spencers . Continue reading “The New Room Bristol and John Wesley”
This year our French group decided to have Christmas lunch at Bitton railway Station.
This railway was part of my childhood. I remember sitting in boring lessons at school and watching trains pass along the line. The Avon valley railway line which was part of the Midland rail network ran from Bristol to Bath and connected up with the Somerset and Dorset railway known affectionally as the S and D or slow and dirty. It took people on day trips to the seaside, to places like Bournemouth and Weymouth. Continue reading “Christmas lunch at Avon Valley Railway Station”