Across Bristol there are some great accessible footpaths to explore, from urban playgrounds to sleepy riverside parks. Here are some of the best.
St Werburgh’s and Purdown
Wander through Mina Road Park and cross straight over the mini roundabout to find graffiti in the echoing railway tunnel. Greet the lambs at St Werburgh’s City Farm and pick up car-free Concorde Way through the allotments to Purdown and its far-reaching views.
From the Pump House, cross the footbridge at Pool’s Wharf and walk waterside to the harbour inlet at Hannover Quay. Keep going to spot wildlife in the floating Harbourside Reed Bed, or take the cross-harbour ferry over to the SS Great Britain to explore the other side.
Stomp around the grounds of Blaise Castle Estate to find enormous trees, the remains of Stratford Mill, the pretty Woodman’s Cottage, and trickling Hazel brook. Tire everyone out with a go in the huge adventure playground, and stop in on Blaise Hamlet if you have time.
Ashton Court and Long Ashton
From the Create Centre, cross Ashton Avenue Bridge and you’re on the Festival Way. Admire the view of Clifton Suspension Bridge from the cricket ground, before navigating around the bottom of Ashton Court. Crossing the road near the Ashton pub, you can even go all the way to Nailsea on a quiet path beside the train tracks.
Pick up the Malago Greenway at Bedminster Station, crossing St John’s Lane into Marksbury Road open space with its adventure playground. The smooth path follows the pretty little Malago brook. Avoid Hartcliffe Way by staying on Vale Lane and explore Manor Woods Valley, or carry on until you reach Crox Bottom for a paddle in the water.
Conham River Park
Stand by the lock gates at Netham Park, the start of the Floating Harbour that flows through central Bristol, and walk upstream along the riverside path on the Barton Hill side. Keep an eye out for wildlife and rowers as you enter Conham River Park, and, if Beese’s is open, hop on the little ferry to cross the river.