Dramatically poised on the edge of the Avon
Gorge, the city of Bristol incorporates its own
walking country. Wild walks and country walks
begin from Clifton Down. The Clifton Suspension
Bridge links both with genteel Ashton Park and the
virtual jungle of Leigh Woods.
There is also a rich
and romantic strand of maritime history from the
Romans at Sea Mills to Brunel’s steamship SS Great
Britain back in the dock where she was built.
Ten selected walks, each in a circuit of five to nine
miles, tackle varying terrain and suit the needs of
families, groups of friends or individuals looking for
a gentle stroll or a longer walk. They also explore
the city’s setting, just beyond the urban sprawl,
where you can escape into a very different world.
Rocky chasms fringe the Mendip Hills. On the
other side of the great conurbation are the Bristol
Channel marshes below the two Severn Bridges.
Bristol abounds in engineering works on the
The practical route-master approach, with easy to
follow descriptions and maps, is laced with quirky
potted facts about connections and treasures en
route. Photographs likewise are chosen both to
capture the feeling and theme of very different
walks that bring an element of excitement to the
easiest, cheapest and healthiest leisure pursuit.
Halsgrove’s small-format guidebook, containing
maps, photographs and useful information will
ensure a great walking experience. Packed with
colour, the book is an ideal reminder of a visit to
Bristol and its hinterland.
Rodney Legg is a prolific author and historian who has published hundreds
of country walks. Nationally he is active
in the environmental movement having
been chairman of the Open Spaces
Society since 1989 and a member of
the ruling council of the NationalTrust
from 1990 until 2009.
Imprint: PiXZ Books. ISBN 978 1 906887 85 8, hardback, 110x155mm, 64 pages. Published September 2010.