All Wanders

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Brandon Hill Ramble with Bonus Balloon and Landing Stage Visit

I wasn't going to take a very long walk on this nice spring evening; it just happened. I was going to knock off a path or two on Brandon Hill, home over centuries to hermits and windmills, cannons and Chartists, and then just wander home, stopping only to fill up my milk bottle at the vending machine...
Angular

Quick Around-the-Harbour Wander with Lisa

My friend Lisa was meeting another friend for a walk near the suspension bridge, so we fitted in a quick harbourside loop from my place first. We discussed gardening (we're both envious of the gardening skills of the Pooles Wharf residents; we can just about keep herbs alive, whereas they're growing...
Mardyke Today

Mardyke then and Now

Reproducing historical photos seems to be a developing interest for me. On today's wander I just went for my normal coffee at Imagine That, but along the way I stopped at Baltic Wharf (the modern housing estate; historically-speaking, I was probably in between Canada Wharf and Gefle Wharf—about here,...
Albion Clock

Harbourside Milestone

The other day I realised (hello, Maggie!) that my next walk would be my hundredth, and that I'd done 393.4km so far. I figured it would be nice to get to 100 walks and 400km on the same walk, so I went for a nice long harbourside wander after work, rather than dashing out at lunchtime. As it turned...
John Carr's Terrace from Rosebery Terrace

John Carr's Terrace

I wanted a nice simple lunch-hour walk that took me past a cafe today, and I managed to find the perfect road to knock off my list of targets to do it. Situated just off Jacobs Wells Road, right next to Queen Elizabeth's Hospital, John Carr's Terrace, and Rosebery terrace above it, which I'd completely...
Through

Leigh Woods Walk

An enormous walk today, or at least it felt enormous. My feet are sore, anyway. I started off recreating a couple of local historical photos in Hotwells, but then headed for my traditional walk along the towpath in the Avon Gorge to the far extreme of Leigh Woods, up and through the woods to the height...
One of These Kids Is Doing His Own Thing

One Albermarle Row, Granby Green and... People

I was browsing some historical photos the other day, and came across "Rear of Unspecified House" in the Bristol Archives' John Trelawny Ross collection, and immediately recognised it as being the back of 1 Albermarle Row, just around the corner from me. I've not had much time to research the history...
The Site Today 1

In Which Our Hero Buys Something Random from eBay

Since setting up a search for Hotwells on eBay I've mostly managed to restrain myself from buying much (or in one case, was outbid, luckily for my finances.) However, I couldn't resist a 1902 flyer for a singalong at the Terrett Memorial Hall, which would have stood five minutes' walk from my flat,...

Photo-Free Bedmo Return

Unusually, a completely photo-free wander: by the time I'd done a couple of crosswords and played a board game with my friends, it was too dark to snap anything on the way back home from Bedminster. Still, I think I knocked at least one small section of Beggar Bush Lane off my map...
Britannia Buildings 4

The Britannia Buildings, a then-and-now Trinity, and a Bedminster Stroll

I headed to Bedminster to do a crossword with my support bubble today. On the way I delved into a couple of bits of Hotwells history, first of all snapping a "now" shot to go with a historical photo of Holy Trinity I happened across recently, and second of all to snap the Britannia Buildings. The Britannia...
Decrepit

Quick Postcard-Inspired Hotwells Pontoon/Landing Stage Trip

I bought a vintage post card from eBay this week. It's a well-known photo of the Hotwells landing stage, showing what's likely to be a P&A Campbell paddle steamer moored there. (Just yesterday I snapped a photo of their buoy on display at Underfall Yard with its information sign.) It was posted from...
He's Quite a Big Buoy

Of Bridges and Buoys

A trip to Imagine That coffee, so no fresh roads knocked off my list, but I stopped off to snap a couple of the engineering-related bits of the docks: the Campbell Buoy (used by P&A Campbell for mooring their paddle steamers) and Brunel's "other" bridge, the foot/horse swing bridge that now sits sadly...
One to Ten, and Eleven Windsor Terrace

Clifton Down Dash

A quick wander up to Clifton Village to wander down a path or two either around Observatory Road that I'd missed out previously. On the way around I took a moment to take in the incongruous 11 Windsor Terrace, smiled at a couple of mounted police, stopped to smell the crocuses, grabbed a coffee in Foliage...
Vauxhall Bridge 3

Harbour Circumnavigation

Normally I don't have enough time in my lunch hour to get all the way around the harbourside. This is a shame, as Wapping Wharf is a great place to get coffee and a snack, but it's pretty much diametrically (perimetrically?) opposite me on the harbour. Today I had the day off, so I decided to go and...
Tunnel 2

Portnalls Tunnel Explore and Sunny Clifton Wander

I'm glad my friend Lisa joined me today; she drove in from Shirehampton and told me that the Portway was looking rather lovely, so we set off that way. She's also braver than I am when it comes to doing urbex stuff, so this was just the opportunity to take a peek into the Portnalls Number One Railway...
Roofscape

A Day Off Wander in Clifton

I'm on the first day of a long weekend, and I certainly picked the right one for it. This may be the first proper spring-like day of the year in Bristol; it was glorious. I headed up to Clifton, around the area where I got my Covid vaccine jab the other day, to knock off a few remaining roads in that...
Picture Postcard

Picture Postcards, Bikers and Wild Food

I almost didn't bother bringing out my GPS today, but as it turned out I may have knocked off a tiny bit of Baltic Wharf, having been diverted through there on my way back from Imagine That café by finding Cumberland Road closed. Not sure whether it was just some kind of delivery to the roadworks there...
Sarcophagus Topped By An Urn

Downs Wander

Just a quick trip to knock off a path or two on Clifton Down. I'm not actually convinced I walked down the paths I was hoping to, but I suppose I'll see once I upload this and look at it on the map :) Today's highlight turned out to be retrospective—looking up Gertrude Hermes' amazing wood engravings...
44 Upper Belgrave Road

The AstraZeneca Covid-19 Vaccine, Clifton College Prep School, the Zoo and a Missing Bungalow

I went to get my first dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine today. Handily, the vaccination centre was Clifton College Prep School in Northcote road, next to Bristol Zoo, a road that's just within my 1-mile range that I hadn't visited before. I parked up near Ladies Mile and tried to find...
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Very Brief Hotwells Wander

Really just a quick loop of the Cumberland Basin. I was going to go further, and it was a nice early spring day, but I hadn't slept that well and I wasn't really in the mood. Ah well. Not every walk is great. At least I got out of the house for a bit.