Bristol’s link with Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel, Treasure Island, is being celebrated by a series of monthly guided walks. The Treasure Island Trail is the brainchild of The Long John Silver Trust and follows a route around the city’s historic Floating Harbour.
The route is marked by a series of barrels planted with palm trees which mark significant events in Treasure Island and other books inspired by Bristol’s maritime heritage. Landmarks on the trail include the Hole In The Wall pub in The Grove. In Treasure Island, Long John Silver is landlord of the Spyglass Inn which is based on the Hole In The Wall.
The plants in the barrels are maintained by adults with learning disabilities from PROPS in Fishponds. PROPS supports adults with learning disabilities to gain work skills and put them into practice with a number of projects and enterprises.
The trail starts at the Merchant Venturers’ Almshouse on King Street and follows a route along Welsh Back and Redcliffe Quay finishing next to the Prince Street Bridge. It lasts 45-60 minutes.
A map-based app of the Treasure Island Trail is also available. The app includes an audio guide to the trail for people with visual impairments.