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Bristol Harbour circular

LOCALITY: Bristol, Bristol
DISTANCE: 2.5 miles (4.02 km)
FACILITIES: Circular route, Parking, Suitable for wheelchairs, Toilets, Pub, Cafe

GRADIENT: Mostly flat
OS MAP: Bristol & Bath

Walk description:

There are a number of starting points for this walk, with parking at the SS Great Britain, Brunel's Buttery, Cumberland Basin or @Bristol. These instructions are quite detailed but the route is easy to follow - just follow the harbour wall round!

Starting from the SS Great Britain carpark, turn right along the harbour wall.

After 1/4 mile turn left over Prince Street Bridge, then left again onto the cobbled area where there is a statue of John Cabot, the mediaeval explorer. Follow the harbour round to the right and take Pero's Bridge, a footbridge over the harbour.

From the bridge go straight on into Millenium Square where there are water features for paddling (action sandals or jelly shoes are a good idea as is a change of clothes for toddlers). From Millenium Square veer left back onto the harbourside, and then follow the harbour wall round to the right.

Pass Jack's Brasserie and the new HBOS building then look to the left and follow a pontoon walk which will take you around a little marina. There is then a short flight of steps - the only ones on the walk.

Continue to follow the harbour round - you'll see the SS Great Britain across the water. After another 1/4 mile you will come to the Pump House Public House and Junction Bridge. Cross the bridge keeping the road to your right. Keep the Nova Scotia pub to your left and follow the road round to a gateway labelled Underfall Yard, enter the gate and go right through Underfal Yard. (If the gate is closed follow the main road round for another 50 yards and go in through the Harbour Master's gates.

Follow the harbour again past the Cottage Public House, and Bristol Marina. You then need to walk inland for a few yards, past the chandlery and Bristol Sails, before taking a little path that returns you to Gas Ferry Road and the SS Great Britain carpark.

Additional notes:

This walk is mostly along the harbour wall. It is flat apart from one short flight of steps. Most is off the road completely though there are some cyclists.

There are lots of pubs, plus cafes at Millenium Square, Brunels Buttery and the SS Great Britain. There are also public loos at the Buttery, @Bristol and the Harbour Master's Office.

The SS Great Britain, @Bristol and Arnolfini Art Gallery are all on route, plus a steam train operates along the harbour in the summer. Lots to keep kids and dads occupied so this one is a winner!

26/06/2009 | Walk posted by Helen Wakeham

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