This year’s Bristol Walking Festival features over 150 walks. You can find the full list of an amazing range of walks on www.bristolwalkfest.com
However as St George is very much in east Bristol and we think it is always good to find out what’s special on your very own doorstep, one of our volunteers has gone through ALL 150 walks and picked out those that are in east Bristol.
There is something for everyone including the very young.
This is your chance to find out more about where you live, enjoy some beautiful views and perhaps take up the challenge of checking whether we have missed any walks. Let us know if we have.
So to start with, what are we calling east Bristol? You may remember our involvement in the great project that resulted in the wonderful Discover East Bristol website. There is also a paper map version that you can pick up at St George Library, the Tourist Information Centre on the Harbourside and many St George and Greater Fishponds venues.
Here is the list of Festival walks we have put together. All the walks are free, unless there is a notein italics giving a cost:
Thursday 4th May – 10.30am – Multifaith Trail 1 – visits a Greek Orthodox church, the Jewish Progressive Synagogue and the Baha’i Centre. This is just off the western edge of the Discover East Bristol map but well worth doing. Where to meet etc here.
Wednesday 10th May – 12.30pm – Stoke Park History Walk and Sculpture Trail Walk – the start point is the Hub, Lockleaze which a very short bus journey on the 24 bus from Old Market. You will have the chance to see some beautiful wood carvings by Andy O’Neill. This is right at the top of the map. More details here.
Thursday 11th May – 10am – St George Storywalk – an ideal walk for early years children and their carers, starting from St George Library on Church Rd. More information here. The library and St George Park are important features on the Discover East Bristol map.
Thursday 11th May – 10.30am – Multifaith Trail 2 – visits the Coptic Church on Blacksward Rd (formerly St Leonards), a Sikh temple and Crofts End Church. Start point is St Marina’s Coptic Orthodox Church on Blackswarth Rd. More details here.
Tuesday 16th May – 6.30pm – Wild Plant Walk – Wild Food and Natural Dyes. The charge for this walk in Eastville Park is £20. Read more here.
Tuesday 16th May – 6.30pm – Troopers Hill and Conham Vale with the Bristol Ramblers, meeting at the Maypole Tavern just off the map to the east but covering the iconic Troopers Hill whose chimney features prominently on the Discover East Bristol map. The 45 bus will take you to your meeting point. More details about the walk here.
Friday 19th May – 10am – Wander the Waterways – Starting near Temple Meads Railway Station this walk explores times past and discovers a wealth of wildlife along the waterways of St Philips, Brislington and Crews Hole. Suitable for adults and older children. Click here for more information.
Saturday 20th May – 10am – Yoga for Healthy Walking. Suggested donation £3. The walk will finish at St George Park. The meeting point will be revealed when you book. Details here.
Sunday 21st May – 10.30am – Avon Valley Walk – A 5-mile circular walk from Troopers Hill through St George and Brislington. Discover Avon Valley’s industrial past and its current importance as a wildlife habitat. Suitable for people of all ages. Lunch can either be a packed lunch or bought at Beese’s. Booking essential. More information here.
Tuesday 23rd May – 3.30pm – Walk ping, talk ping, play ping. Walk between Owen Square Park and St. George. Play ping pong, meet others, find out about opportunities to play near you. Everyone welcome. Under 16’s with an adult. Bats and balls provided. Read more here.
While their walks are not listed in the Bristol Walking Festival don’t forget there is a walk every Tuesday from the Beehive Centre on Stretford Rd, BS5 7AW (next to St Ambrose Church) at 10.30am. These walks last 30 minutes, making use of the nearby St George Park and are very suitable for those recovering from illness or injury or wishing to improve their fitness.