5 romantic walks in Bristol
Bristol is a beautiful city and is also lucky enough to be situated next to some of the most stunning countryside in the UK. Whether it´s a stroll in the city centre or near the Downs, there are many immensely enjoyable walks in the area. These can also be a great way to spend time with someone special, helping you explore the city together and discover new corners of it. Here are a few suggestions for romantic walks, which can be enjoyed by all – whether you just met on eHarmony or have been together since your school days.
Stroll down Harbourside
Bristol’s floating harbour is extensive – spanning eight miles of water and reaching three miles into the city. There is something intrinsically romantic about water, and therefore a walk along one of the heritage trails by the Harbourside would make a great day out with a date. Wharfs, steam cranes and Brunel’s SS Great Britain are just a few of the many attractions you’ll encounter as you walk. There are also the much more modern areas, housing galleries, eateries and contemporary art centres.
Seek out the statues
If you’re into sculpture spotting, you could plan a route around the city finding all of its famous statues. There are about 30 of these in total, all of which can be seen by starting from the City Centre, going through Queen Square to Castle Park, along the harbour to Millennium Square and on to College Green. College Green is also a great place to have a picnic and soak in the sunshine.
Traverse Bristol’s Parks
Why not try to explore a few of South Bristol’s parks in a circular walk? Victoria Park, Perret’s Park, Redcatch Park, Arno’s Park and St Anne’s Park are all in relative walking distance, with interesting stretches of the city between them. This could take a significant chunk of your day, though, so remember to stop off to refuel in a passing café.
Visit Ashton Court
Ashton Court is a great place to walk. This estate is just two miles from the city centre and is surrounded by 850 acres of beautiful countryside. You’ll see a fair few deer as you stroll, and the gardens and mansion itself are always worth a visit. Watch out this August for the Bristol Balloon Fiesta – an enormous event hosted here where a collection of hot air balloons are lit up at night and take off simultaneously in the morning. A spectacle certainly worth catching if you can.
Follow the Cheddar Valley Railway
Further out of the city still is the Cheddar Valley. There’s a great walk here which follows the old railway, providing visitors with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside.
These five walks are sure to provide an enjoyable and romantic day out. They are especially good for those just getting to know each other, for example for a first meeting between online daters. While it may be true that dating websites like eHarmony.co.uk can help you find love in Bristol, going on romantic walks and days out together will help cement your relationship.
Photo source: Harbourside