Brunel and Banksy, a December urban ramble around Bristol
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Join us for a leisurely 10k walk, taking in some of Bristol's most famous sights - and all on tarmac/paved so no mud!
Our start and end point will be the ever popular Wapping Wharf, home to a shipping container community of shops, bars, and restaurants. We'll make our way around the harbourside, past our first Banksy of the day, the 'well hung lover' on Park Street, before taking in the beautiful architecture of Clifton Village.
No trip to Bristol would be complete without a visit to Brunel's famous suspension bridge, and we'll be using it to get to Ashton Court where if we're lucky we might spot deer. We'll stop at Ashton Court Mansion, before heading down to the Cumberland basin, where we will head back along the harbourside, stopping again to take in the view of the stunning SS Great Britain. We'll also be able to get up close to another of Banksy's famous works, 'The girl with the pierced eardrum', before our walk concludes at Wapping Wharf, where some of us may wish to stop for a drink or some food before heading home.
Photo credits: photos taken by OutdoorLads members and permission is granted to OutdoorLads for further use.
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What to bring
For your comfort and safety please be prepared for the anticipated weather and the terrain of the walk - keep in mind the following:
Boots: Hiking boots or shoes/boots that are both waterproof and breathable, and provide good ankle support. Cross trainers may suffice in good weather and flat routes.
Socks: Proper walking socks keep your feet dry, and help prevent blisters.
Walking trousers: (ideally water resistant) will be more comfortable than Jeans which are heavy and cold when wet. From April to October shorts are usually a better bet.
Waterproof over-trousers: essential in any significant rainfall. Breathable ones are best.
Layered clothing: allows you to quickly adapt to changes in the weather as well as body temperature. E.g. a base layer or a cotton T-Shirt; a mid layer like a micro fleece, or a rugby type thick shirt, and in cooler weather an outer layer consisting of a windproof jacket or a thick fleece.
Waterproof Jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather. You get what you pay for with these. Breathable fabrics are advisable.
Small Rucksack: One that is comfortable to wear is essential so that you can use your arms freely. Place valuables in water proof bags inside.
Water: even in winter one can loose a litre or more of fluid by perspiration. If you fail to make this up you'll get dehydrated which can lead to headaches and other problems. A hydration bladder is easier to use than bottled water, but higher maintenance.
Food: a packed lunch will be required unless otherwise stated. In addition carry energy bars or similar to counter 'sugar lows'.
Medicines: If you have allergies, are diabetic, or have minor ailments don't forget these!
Food & drink
Please bring food and drink with you, or if you prefer you can pick up sandwiches and other items from Better Food and other outlets in Wapping Wharf, before the walk starts.