To celebrate National Parks Week we take a look at the local amenities right on our doorstep here in North Bristol.
National Parks Week celebrates the length and breadth of the UK’s National Parks of which there are 15 around the UK, from 22 – 29 July.
These include the Brecon Beacons, Broads, Cairngorms, Dartmoor, Exmoor, Lake District, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, New Forest, Northumberland, North York Moors, Peak District, Pembrokeshire Coast, South Downs, Snowdonia and the Yorkshire Dales.
Given that most of these breathtaking parks are some way from us here in North Bristol, we thought we’d look at what’s on our doorstep…
Blaise Castle Estate
This Grade II registered parkland stretches over 650 acres and includes a fantastic children’s play area that caters for various ages, museum and castle.
Admission is free and there’s plenty of onsite parking. Bring along a barbecue or play on the grassy areas set aside for sport, there’s even a cricket pitch. There’s a great café, but personally we like the ice cream van!
Activities include horse riding, orienteering, Nordic walking and model aircraft flying – there are several groups and clubs that offer these hobbies. Walking routes include a castle walk, gorge walk and a Rhododendron walk
Lawrence Weston, Kings Weston Rd, Bristol BS10 7QS
Kings Weston Estate
With historic buildings and landscape gardens stretching more than 300 acres, King Weston Estate is a site of conservation.
There’s no admission charge for the grounds of the Estate, and the house itself isn’t open to the public, but there’s a café to be found on site and nearby parking.
Kings Weston House, Kings Weston Ln, Bristol BS11 0UR
Horfield Common is an open space that’s open at all times, but there’s a community café, bowling green, wildlife pond, dog-free play areas and measured routes to walk, jog or run.
Horfield Common, Bristol, BS7 0XJ
In Bradley Stoke children can enjoy the Baileys Court play area, Brook Way play area, Paddock Close play area and Rosemary Close play area and Fennel Park.
In Thornbury, you’ll find Mundy Playing Fields, which also has a splash pad, football pitches and tennis courts.
If you visit the website for Stoke Gifford’s recreational areas, you’ll find a wealth of BMX parks, children’s play areas and open green spaces for the community to enjoy.
Avonmouth Park is an attractive Victorian Park and green space with a large area set aside for play, whilst Crow Lane, in Henbury has a playground for all ages, next to a skate park.
If you’re looking for an app that will guide you around Bristol’s varied and beautiful parks, then download Bristol Parkhive.
Highlights unique features, showing pictures, event and information on the facilities and access, it was produced in celebration of Bristol’s achievements of the accolade of European Green Capital City 2015.