South West

    Bristol 3: Redland, the University & Durdham Down

    Culture, learning and leafy suburbs This walk is all about where and how the wealth of Bristol merchants was spent – on opulent homes, educating their children and cultural exploration. WALK DATA  Distance: 9.2 km (5.8 miles) Typical time: 2 ½ hours Height change: 53 metres Start & Finish:  Redland Station (BS6 6QP) Terrain: The Downs […]

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    Bristol 1: Arnos Vale & the Old Town

    Bridges, green spaces and regeneration The early English name for Bristol was ‘Brycgstow’, the place of the bridge, and this walk explores that idea a little further – in all we cross, pass or see nineteen bridges! Telling you a lot about the topography of Bristol and taking you through big green spaces and major […]

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    Exeter

    Ancient cathedral city, gateway to the west In walking around Exeter, three things immediately struck us: its elevated position, on a steep ridge above the River Exe, making it a natural defensive site; its proximity to nature, with hills on the horizon in every direction and the sea close by; and  its student population, which […]

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    Bath

    So much perfection in a ‘hollow in the hills’ Bath is utterly unlike any other UK city, all planned perfection around a single glorious Georgian era of leisure and intrigue, with none of the ‘tattiness’ or ‘edginess’ you usually associate with British cities. WALK DATA Distance: 9.5 km (5.9 miles); an extra 1.7kms (1.1 miles) if […]

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    Bristol 2: Clifton, Avon Gorge & Harbour

    Britain’s version of Rio?! – bright colours, vibrant street life, informal lifestyles, although admittedly a bit wetter This walk takes you through the Georgian delights of Clifton, over the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge, through the delightful Ashton Park estate, then back along the bustling Floating Harbour. WALK DATA Distance: 10.3 km (6.4 miles) Height Change: […]

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    Oxford

    Knowledge of Latin and the Greek would be useful for this walk As urban walks through green spaces go, this is pretty hard to beat – it has a bit of just about everything; and if you still have energy at the end of it, there are myriad shopping opportunities, bookshops to browse through, museums […]

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    Plymouth

    Farewells, welcome homes and new beginnings Plymouth more than lives up to its moniker of ‘Britain’s Ocean City’, with estuaries, sea views, steep hills, naval defences and dockyards creating a walk of immense variety and interest. WALK DATA Distance: 12.5Kms (7.8 miles) Height Gain: 70 metres Typical time: 3 hours (but allow more time for […]

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