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Bristol – Harbourside, Clifton Suspension Bridge, Viewpoint/Obscura

Event Details

Coronavirus / Covid-19

Following recent changes in government advice regarding Covid-19 to avoid all non-essential travel and maintain social distancing, all walks and other activities are cancelled until further notice.

We will continue to review the situation in line with guidance issued by the government.  Further information can be found here, and will be udpated in due course.

General information

This is part of the West Wales Somerset weekend away.

An approximately 5 mile walk - moderate with one steepish but gradual climb on a path through Leigh Woods just before reaching the Bridge.

This walk will start at Bristol Cathedral.

From the Cathedral there will a brief look at a Banksy before heading towards the Harbourside and a short walk to reach the entrance to the SS Great Britain and say a cheery farewell here to those who are going to spend the rest of the day looking around the Ship and Museum.

For those of us continuing with the walk we catch the small ferry across the harbour ( fare £1:00) to progress onwards through Bristol Harbourside and head out towards another of Brunel's Bristol marvels, the Clifton Suspension Bridge. We shall be following part of the Avon Trail and walking underneath the Bridge, then heading off upwards through Leigh Woods - a gradual but steepish climb - to get to walking across the Bridge ( no fee for pedestrians ).

On the other side we shall stop for one hour - optional things to do here include the Bridge Visitor Centre ( free entrance ) - Camera Obscura and Giant's Cave ( £4:00 combined entrance - £2:50 for just one  - both are recommended ) and to enjoy the views of the Avon Gorge and have a snack or lunch break.

Then we head back towards Bristol Centre through Clifton Village taking in Brandon Hill and Cabot Tower on the way. Excellent views over Bristol from the top of Cabot Tower ( free entrance ) for those happy to climb the steps. From here a short stroll downhill back to the Cathedral and hoping you will all have had, as they say in Bristol, a Gert Lush time.

** It is a fairly short walk - we should arrive at the Bridge for about 12:30 - back at Bristol Cathedral about 2:30 to 3:00pm.

** Mostly footpath and road walking but some tracks and trails on the way to the Bridge and through Leigh Woods which may be a bit muddy if the weather has been wet beforehand.




Terrain / Difficulty

Moderate - Mostly footpath and road walking but some tracks and trails through Leigh Woods and one steepish but gradual climb on a path through part of Leigh Woods.

Approximate Distance

5 miles

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