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The Observatory walk

Sunday 3rd October

Walking festival destination

This walk first takes you past the stately Ashton Court Mansion house, it’s pretty rose garden and the mansion’s old ice house. You then have a gentle ascent up through the Ashton Court Estate and past the Fallow deer park where you are likely to see these beautiful animals quietly grazing. 

Your route exits under the imposing Clifton Lodge Gatehouse and head towards Brunel’s famous Suspension Bridge past an avenue of grand Victorian houses. The Suspension Bridge is a hallmark of Bristol’s landscape and there are expansive views on either side and over Clifton Village.

From the far side of the bridge there’s a short loop through some of Clifton’s picturesque streets, giving you an opportunity to get a feel of this attractive village, before arriving at the Clifton Observatory and arguably the best views in Bristol. The Observatory also has a camera obscura, the Giant’s Cave – a natural cave in the face of the Avon Gorge cliffside – and a café where you can enjoy a cup of tea and a cake if you wish.

Following the same route back over the bridge and into Ashton Court, you will meander down through the Estate to the Festival hub.

Key information

Distance: 5 miles
Difficulty: Leisurely
Time: Registration from 10am
Meet point: Sunday Festival hub, Ashton Court 
Cost: £8


Sunday 3rd October

How to book

You will be able to buy tickets and book your walks online here from 21st June 2021.