Discover Clifton – 20 Ways (Walking)

Uncategorized Posted by Carrie Pooler on 4 April 2016 Return to News & Events

DISCOVER CLIFTON – 20 Ways (Walking in May)

 There are many ways to Discover Clifton.  We are celebrating walking to, in and around Clifton Village during May, when Bristol hosts Bristol Walk Fest.  Information about Bristol Walk Fest can be found at www.bristolwakingfestival.co.uk

 Walking is a fantastic way to discover the delights of Clifton Village –you can pick up our illustrative map of Clifton Village from the Suspension Bridge, Library and Zoo or from www.discoverclifton.co.uk website.  The map is packed with ideas for exploring and enjoying the real village experience!

 This bank holiday week-end sees the start of Bristol Walking Festival, and includes a wonderful walk in Clifton Village on 1st May –

Trees of Clifton – a chance to explore the trees and history of Clifton Green.  Starts at 10am at Christ Church, Clifton Down Road, BS8 3BN.  Duration: 1 Mile.  Cost:  Free.  Contact and Booking: 0117 968 1061 or rlbland673@gmail.com.  Leader: R L Bland  Walk Provider:  Bristol Naturalist’s Society

 We will be promoting a special Discover Clifton Village walk on 14th May – more information to follow.  

Throughout the month, we will be updating you with more walks in and around Clifton during May, but meanwhile,  here are some of the walks the Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project are  involved with;

 Saturday 14th May

Postcard promenade on Durdham Down (Walk)

Step back in time with Francis Greenacre. Using photographs, paintings and drawings we’ll compare current views and activities with those from the past: kites with bi-planes, goats with sheep, football with cricket, cycle paths with Roman roads – and a great deal more!

2.00pm – 4.00pm  on the Downs.  £5.00

On the Downs. Book with the Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project, at Bristol Zoo, on 0117 9030609 or e-mail mleivers@bristolzoo.org.uk

 

Sunday 15th May

Discover the Avon Gorge on Portway Sunday (Walk)

Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of a car-free gorge on this special Sunday stroll. Find out about the gorge’s rare plants, spot a peregrine falcon and discover our gorge-ous goats.
Suitable for families with older children (aged 7+).

2.30pm – 4.30pm. Free but booking is essential
In the Avon Gorge and on the Downs. Book with the Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project, at Bristol Zoo, on 0117 9030609 or e-mail mleivers@bristolzoo.org.uk

 

Thursday 19th May

Birdsong and bubbles (Walk)

Join Ed Drewitt for an evening walk around Observatory Hill. After learning to identify birds from their song we’ll enjoy a glass of bubbly (or soft drink) whilst observing the birds from the roof of the Observatory, 6.30pm – 8.00pm   £15.00 (includes a glass of sparkling wine / soft drink).  On the Downs. Book with the Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project, at Bristol Zoo, on 0117 9030609 or e-mail mleivers@bristolzoo.org.uk

 

Saturday 21st May

A guide to wild food (Course)

Get your taste buds tingling with Bristol forager Andy Wakefield. After a morning stroll on the Downs to discover scrumptious species to tuck into and poisonous plants to avoid, we’ll return indoors to prepare some tasty treats. Oak leaf wine, pickled alexanders, dock dolmades anyone? 10.00am – 3.30pm   £25.00, At Bristol Zoo Gardens and on the Downs.

Book with the Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project, at Bristol Zoo, 0117 9030609 or e-mail mleivers@bristolzoo.org.uk

 

Friday 27th May 

Music with Mummy on the Downs (Event for 15 months to 4 year olds)

Let’s make some melodious music in the meadow on the Downs. Decorate and play a shaker, sing, dance, do action songs and meet some wildlife puppets with Fiona from Music with Mummy (daddy, granny or any other responsible adults are allowed!).

10.00am – 11.00am   £4.00 per child

On the Downs. Book with the Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project, at Bristol Zoo, on 0117 9030609 or e-mail mleivers@bristolzoo.org.uk

 

Saturday 28th May 

Ups and Downs in the Avon Gorge (Walk)

Discover the wildlife and history of the Avon Gorge and Downs on the special Bristol Walk Fest event. Meander through meadows, wander along the majestic gorge then back up through the goat-browsed Gully to Seawalls.

9.45am – 12.45pm   Free but booking is essential.

On the Downs and in the Avon Gorge. Book with the Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project, at Bristol Zoo, on 0117 9030609 or e-mail mleivers@bristolzoo.org.uk

 

Thursday 2nd June

Bugs, bees and butterflies (Children’s event for 8 – 12 years)

Learn all about the ‘little creatures’ on the Downs through a bug hunt and other fun activities. In the afternoon we’ll be printing t-shirts so you can look the ‘bees’ knees’ all summer long.

Drop off children at 10am and pick them up at 3.30pm

£15.00 per child (includes a t-shirt to decorate)

Children will need to bring their own packed lunch.

At Bristol Zoo Gardens and on the Downs. Book with the Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project, at Bristol Zoo, on 0117 9030609 or e-mail mleivers@bristolzoo.org.uk

 

There are also leaflets that are available so that visitors to the Downs can explore it for themselves. These include:

 

  • Discover the wildlife of the Avon Gorge and Downs
  • The Downs Tree trail
  • The Downs Bird trail
  • The Downs Lichen trail
  • Peregrines in the Avon Gorge
  • Clifton Down – The Downs history trail No. 2
  • Durdham Down – The Downs history trail No. 1
  • We also have seasonal family trails

 

Finally, there’s also an app. for the Downs which is free to download from the App store and Google play.

 

The Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project

The Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project is a partnership of Bristol City Council, Bristol Zoo Gardens, Natural England, University of Bristol, the Society of Merchant Venturers, the Downs Committee, and the Bristol Zoological Society. They also work with the National Trust and Forestry Commission who manage Leigh Woods on the North Somerset side of the Gorge, and the Friends of the Downs and Avon Gorge.

 

The Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project is working to secure the outstanding wildlife interest of the Bristol side of the Avon Gorge and Clifton and Durdham Downs and to raise awareness and understanding of this unique location and its importance for people and wildlife.

www.avongorge.org.uk     www.facebook.com/avongorge     @AvonGorgeDowns

 

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