The great benefit of our Nordic walking classes is that you get fit at the same time as having a good walk.  It sets you up nicely for longer walks, where the terrain might be trickier and the distances longer.  You will be surprised how much easier these walks become with a pair of Nordic walking poles in your hands.

There’s a plethora of lovely walks around Bristol and we’ve picked a few of our favourites for you to enjoy with us.  Those of you training for the Bath Beat might find them particularly useful as you increase your walking distances.

 

February walks

Sunday 17th Feb 10am - Observatory/Whale/Botanical Garden Walk: 5 miles (2 hours)

Many of you will have walked on the Downs and this walk is a great opportunity to stretch your legs a little longer, taking in some of the history and culture that’s right on our doorstep.  Starting at Cafe Retreat, you'll take in the Observatory and Sea Walls before dropping down through Sneyd Park to the Whales and back up through the Botanical gardens.  Click here to read more and book. 

Sunday 24th February 9.30am - Discover Oldbury Court and Snuff Mills: 2 hours

Oldbury Court is a beautiful and diverse estate, combining woodland and riverside paths with historic parkland and beautiful green spaces. Only three miles from Bristol city centre, the estate is a wonderful place to Nordic walk and is extremely popular with all walkers because of its its varied landscape and panoramic views.  So come and explore this local gem with us.  Click here to read more and book.

 

March walks
 
Sunday 3rd March 10am - Clevedon 6 mile scenic circular: 6 miles (3 hours)
Clevedon is a pretty Victorian seaside resort on the River Severn and for us walkers there are also magnificent walks and views.  One of the best is the Clevedon scenic circular, which starts at Clevedon pier and heads along the coast path before turning inland over the golf course, dipping down to Walton-in-Gordano and crossing the moor alongside Clapton Moor Nature reserve.  There's climb back up through Clevedon Court estate and Strawberry hill with great views over the bay.  Click here to read more and book.
 
Sunday 3rd March 10am - Ashton Court Leigh Woods 8 mile circular walk: 8 miles (4 hours)
This 8 mile circular walk is an opportunity to walk the full length of Ashton Court and Leigh Woods, joining the two together via the tow path running along the side of the Avon Gorge.  The tracks are wide so there’s plenty of opportunity to get into a good Nordic walking stride - there's no better way to boost your fitness.  Click here to read more and book.

Sunday 10th March 10am - Crook Peak ridge 6 mile walk: 6 miles (3 hours)

The spectaular 6 mile Crook Peak ridge walk is on the western edge of the Mendips and Crook Peak itself is one of the most distinctive features of the Somerset landscape.  In good weather there are stunning views of the Somerset levels, the Bristol Channel and the coast of south Wales.  The walk initially winds up through Kings Wood from Cross before expanding out onto wide close-cropped grassy downs which continues the entire length of the ridge.  There are some steep climbs during the first part of the walk but the return leg is mostly flat.  Click here to read more and book.

Sunday 31st March 10am - Cotswolds Way (Cam Long Down) 7 mile circular: 7 miles (4 hours)

The popular and historic route of Cam Long Down has long barrows, an ancient hill fort and several steep climbs where you will be rewarded by compass-wide views that spread out all around you back into the heart of the Cotswolds and across the Severn Estuary into Wales.  Whilst this walk is a short 7 miles in length, there are some steep up and downhill sections so you will need good fitness.  The reward is a near-perfect scenic walk.  Click here to read more and book.

 

April walks

Sunday 7th April 10am - Ashton Court/Lower Failand/Leigh Woods circular walk 10 miles: 10 miles (5 hours)

This circular walk is a stretching 10 miles and is the perfect training walk for those of you doing our Bath Beat challenge or wanting to test yourself over a longer distance.  The walk starts in Ashton Court, heads through Abbots Pool and then uphill to Lower Failand with its rolling countryside, small fields and woodlands.  The return leg is along the tow path and Leigh Woods.  It's a great opportunity to see some of our most beautiful walking areas around Bristol and how they link up with each other.  Click here to read more and book.

Sunday 14th April 10m - Mendips Grand Loop: 13 miles (whole day)

This magnificent 13 mile circular walk takes in the very best of the Mendip hills just to the south of Bristol.  The Iron Age fort at Dolebury Warren, Beacon Batch (the highest point on the Mendips), Long Wood, Velvet Botton, Black Rock and the upper section of Cheddar Gorge, one of Britain's most spectacular natural landmarks, will all be included.  Hopefully the weather will be good as the views are fabulous.  Click here to read more and book.

 

We hope to add even more walks over the coming weeks so watch this space.

Vicky

 

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