Eastwood Farm SNCI is in Brislington, and was a rubbish tip in the early 1970s, which was covered over with topsoil and planted with a ring of trees. Continue reading Eastwood Farm, Bristol
The path along the Bristol side of the River Avon is an SNCI about 17 kilometres long, and in places only a metre or so wide. Continue reading Avon Towpath, Bristol
Conham Vale is a very steep narrow valley with a tiny stream running through it. Continue reading Conham Vale, Bristol
The River Trym cuts across North West Bristol, a tiny stream in a huge gorge, which speaks eloquently of the way that melting ice carved up the landscape fifteen thousand years ago. Continue reading Coombe Dingle, Bristol
If you park at the old Lamplighters Pub by the Pill ferry and walk north you come to Lamplighters Marsh. In the 1930s this was a huge marshalling yard for freight trains and it connected up with Avon mouth Docks.
The Woodland Trust reserve of Knoll hill is the remnants of the extended woodland garden of the nineteenth century Bishops palace. It extends down the slope of the Gorge as far as the track of the Severn Beach railway line.
Hung Road is a strange name for a short section of the bank of the Avon, but it is a fascinating place. It is close to the ancient village of Pill on the Somerset bank of the Avon but it can only be seen from the Shirehampton meadows. Continue reading Hung Road, Bristol
You probably didn’t know that Brandon Hill, off Park Street, is not just the oldest park in Bristol, it could be the oldest park in the world. It was given to the citizens of Bristol in 1174 by Robert Earl of Gloucester and has been public property ever since. Continue reading Brandon Hill, Bristol
Castle Park is in the ancient heart of Bristol, a green oasis, fenced in by the Ring road, Broadmead shopping centre and the Docks. You can easily miss it, because it is high above the throng of shoppers, and separated from the river by a vertical drop of ten metre. Continue reading Castle Park, Bristol
Snuff Mills Park lies on the River Frome just north of Eastville Park. It is a narrow linear park alongside the River Frome. This rises on the Cotswolds on the A46 by Tormarton, and it enters a steep sided gorge at Frenchay, and descends very rapidly to Eastville. Continue reading Snuff Mills
Scramble down from the flat grassy expanse of the Downs and you come to a fenced enclosure with well-fitting kissing gates that shut with a clunk. You look down a steep rocky valley, enclosed on all sides by trees, sturdy Black Pines planted in the 1880s the most obvious, but a lot of Yew and some old Ash. In the middle, a stout and rugged ventilator shaft that lies above the railway line from Temple Meads to Severn Beach, via Clifton Downs and Avonmouth. Continue reading The Goat enclosure, The Gully, Clifton Downs