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Historic Bristol – A Heritage Walk

3 September, 2022 @ 10:30 - 16:00

Bridgwater & District Archaeological Society

Historic Bristol – A Heritage Walk led by David Dawson
Saturday, 3rd September, 10.30 am

Meet at the North Porch, Church of St. Mary Redcliffe, 12, Colston Parade, Bristol, BS1 6RA

TRANSPORT: Please make your own arrangements to get to Bristol (perhaps arranging car sharing if possible).
BY CAR: We recommend using the Park & Ride (rail may be unreliable on Saturday). The bus from the Ashton Gate Park & Ride site (BS3 2HB, accessed via A370 or link road from the A38) stops in Redcliffe Hill very near the church (& in the city centre at St. Augustin’s Parade for a return journey).

LUNCH: Please make your own arrangements for lunch. There is a number of eating places in the city around Broad Street – you could leave the walk here or continue on and return to the centre later.

DAVID DAWSON was curator of archaeology at Bristol Museum for 16 years before becoming head of the Somerset Museum Service so has an intimate knowledge of Bristol’s archaeological heritage.

THE ROUTE: Starting with the architectural splendours of St. Mary Redcliffe the walk will pass along Redcliffe Street, over Bristol Bridge to Castle Park to the remains of Bristol Castle. We will then explore the historic heart of Bristol around Broad Street. Participants may stop here or continue to explore the historic areas of Welsh Back and King Street & then return to the centre for the buses.
Urban walking; please wear suitable footwear and clothes and, perhaps, be prepared for showers.

VISITORS ARE WELCOME (a donation of £3 each is requested)


3 September, 2022
10:30 - 16:00


Bridgwater & District Archaeological Society


Events are graded from 1-4 in difficulty. The grading is found in the event description in the calendar on this page. Keep in mind that a change in weather conditions can make a walk more difficult than anticipated. All walks and activities demand a basic level of fitness, suitable footwear and waterproof clothing.

1 Easy – generally even ground with a few gentle slopes; no special fitness needed.  Comfortable footwear required.

2 Moderate – for reasonably fit people, may include unsurfaced rural paths and tracks, moderate slopes, uneven surfaces, steps and stiles. Walking shoes/boots required.

3 Strenuous – for fit, experienced walkers, will include hills, uneven surfaces, tracks and may include muddy terrain. Walking boots and waterproof clothing are essential.

4 Confined spaces – including caves and attics. Locations may be dusty, slippery and dark.

Activity leaders carry out a risk assessment beforehand. Participants are required to provide emergency contact details before taking part in an activity – this information is destroyed by the group leader after the activity has taken place.