Over on Instagram I’ve been collecting images from Bristol and beyond for a number of years. I haven’t really used those photos for any other purpose. I thought it was about time I put together a list of some of my favourite Bristol parks and escapes. If you’re like me and find the city a bit too overwhelming, there are plenty of hidden gems for you to grab some headspace.
You can find Abbots Pool a twenty minute drive from Bristol city centre. The pool was originally used for medieval monks to hunt fish. Today it’s a picturesque walk and place to visit. I don’t know if technically you should swim in the pool, but when it’s warm enough there’s usually a few brave folk (or dogs) in the water. It’s also a perfect picnic spot.
Just around the corner from Blaise Castle, you’ll find Blaise Hamlet. There are nine fairytale cottages dotted around the edge of a green. The hamlet is owned by the National Trust, and although the cottages are still occupied, the green is free to visit and is usually very peaceful.
It might not seem like an obvious choice, but Victorian cemetery, Arnos Vale, makes for a really nice walk. There are also events on in the cemetery, so it’s great for families. My favourite is the halloween outdoor cinema. Last year we watched E.T. in the middle of the cemetery (there are scarier films on later in the night).
Tyntesfield house and gardens are becoming a very popular place to visit. On the weekends you’ll often find that the car park is full. Whilst this is an amazing thing, it’s not the best if you’re in need of a quiet escape. The house and gardens are best visited in the week in my opinion.
There are also a number of beautiful walks around the Tyntesfield area. You don’t always need to be a National Trust member to enjoy them. In the summer it’s a great area for pretty yellow rapeseed fields.
Eight miles below Bristol city centre lies Goblin Combe woodland. The woodland is as peaceful as peaceful can be, and there’s plenty of space to explore. The charity who care for the woodland can arrange events and activities for groups, or it makes for a nice dog walk.
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