Wintry Walks Around Bristol
Is the great outdoors calling your name as winter approaches? Surrounded by the rolling countryside, spectacular views and majestic estates, Bristol is the perfect location for a frosty winter walk.
Wrap up warm for your ramble before retreating to your cosy room at Future Inn Bristol or sip on a warming hot chocolate in Chophouse Bar & Restaurant. What better way is there to enjoy the icy season?
Located just on the other side of the Clifton Suspension Bridge, Ashton Court Estate boasts 850 acres of sweeping fields and green space for you to enjoy. Here, walkers, cyclists and horse riders are welcomed to relish in the fresh winter air and stunning countryside. Perhaps you’ll spot a deer or two, stumble across old oak trees or join in a round of golf at one of the two 18-hole golf courses. And once you’ve successfully explored the great outdoors, warm your cockles at one of the on-site cafés, with a hearty bowl of soup and a cup of tea.
The Ashton Court Estate is a 16-minute drive from Future Inn Bristol or approximately 31-minutes on public transport. Or it is a 20-minute cycle, if you are doing Bristol By Bike.
The Blaise Castle Estate is a 650 acre Grade II* registered parkland including children’s play area, museum and castle. Here you’ll find the shell of a castle built by Thomas Farr in 1766, a majestic 19thCentury mansion, and the surrounded by beautiful green parkland. Follow a series of woodland paths and experience incredible views of the Avon Gorge and South Wales. The mansion is also home to a fascinating museum, where you can marvel at paintings, old toy collections, a Victorian schoolroom and period costume. Best of all, admission is free.
Blaise Castle is a 22-minute drive from Future Inn Bristol, or approximately 53-minutes on public transport. Or it is a 37-minute bike ride.
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This relatively flat 440 acres offers the perfect walk for the whole family. The Downs becomes a gloriously magical spectacle when blanketed in frost in the winter. This protected parkland is within walking range of Clifton Suspension Bridge, which means you’ll be graced with stunning views and open countryside. Lots of events are held at The Downs, be sure to check What’s On in Bristol before you go.
The Downs is a 17-minute drive from Future Inn Bristol, or approximately 35-minutes on public transport. Or it is a 24-minute cycle.
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Amble along the Harbourside, which was once a busy dock where sailors set out to sea and returned to trade goods. Today, the area is a buzzing and modern development, replete with restaurants, bars and shops. Enjoy the crisp weather as you stroll along the docks and pop into some famous attractions along the way to escape the cold, including Brunel’s SS Great Britain, Bristol Aquarium and M Shed. Along the route, you will find many of Bristol’s top instagrammable locations.
Harbourside is a 11-minute drive from Future Inn Bristol, or approximately 15-minutes on public transport. Most people choose to walk as it takes around 19-minutes, or 8-minutes by bike.
A wilderness of tranquillity set against Brunel's famous suspension bridge. Sheltered by trees and woodland, this National Trust location is perfect for when the winter weather isn’t quite on your side. Take shelter under old oak trees and pines after following one of the colour-coded paths.
With spectacular views across Bristol and the surrounding landscape, ancient and veteran trees, and an abundance of wildlife, Leigh Woods is the perfect place to stretch your legs.
Leigh Woods is a 17-minute drive from Future Inn Bristol, or approximately 36-minutes on public transport. Or it is a 25-minute cycle.
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