The Brunel walk
Sunday 3rd October
Your walk begins with a gentle climb up through the Ashton Court Estate following the woodland path which skirts the Fallow Deer park. Once you emerge from the woods there are some far reaching views to the south of the city before you head out under the imposing Clifton Lodge gatehouse and on to the famous Clifton Suspension Bridge.
The Suspension Bridge is a hallmark of Bristol’s landscape. Designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and opened in 1864, it spans the deep Avon Gorge and there are expansive views on either side and over Clifton Village. After crossing the bridge the route takes you through Clifton and past the impressive buildings of Clifton College, an independent school founded in 1862, before heading up onto the Downs.
The Downs comprises over 400 acres of protected parkland on the edge of Bristol and is a popular place for walking, running and all sorts of other outdoor activities. Walking out to the viewpoint will provide you with panoramic views down either side of the Avon Gorge and a picture-perfect view of the Suspension Bridge.
From here you head away from Downs towards the Promenade, a wide beech-lined avenue which is particularly stunning during autumn when the trees are just beginning to turn. The opposite side of the road is lined with grand houses and a number of listed buildings. The Promenade leads up to the Clifton Observatory (another brilliant viewpoint) and then back across the Suspension Bridge into Ashton Court and to the Festival hub.
Distance: 8 miles
Time: From 9am
Start and finish point: The Sunday Festival hub, Ashton Court
How to book
You will be able to buy tickets and book your walks online here from 21st June 2021.