Walk Reports 2019


Saturday 5 October 2019

Over and Under the Bridge

Nine intrepid members made the most of a thankfully dry day investigating the area around the Clifton Suspension Bridge.

After parking in the North Road area of Leigh Woods, we made our way to the suspension bridge and spent twenty minutes looking in the new Visitor Centre before progressing onto the bridge proper. Various stops were made to look at points of interest on the bridge and the views down the gorge and across to the Observatory and cave in the cliff face below it.

At the Clifton end of the bridge we crossed to the other side of the road and walked back across the bridge, taking in the views of Clifton and up the river to the Cumberland Basin and Hotwells area, before halting at a convenient Coffee stall for a short break.

We resumed our walk by strolling down Burwalls Road and into the woods, emerging on the riverside path via the bridge over the Portishead rail line near to the old Police Dog and Equestrian Centre. Proceeding downstream, we were fortunate in seeing the 'Matthew' returning to the harbour from its scenic trip down to Avonmouth, and were able to view the suspension bridge from the unusual aspect of underneath it. 

We then climbed up Nightingale Valley via the National Trust pathway before returning to our cars and repairing to the 'Greedy Goose' in Long Ashton for a well-earned Lunch.

Report by Malcolm Case and Jeff Eastmond.
Photos by Malcolm and Jeff.


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