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CHIS Walks

The Downs We hope to start leading walks again, and are preparing walking guides.

Free Bristol Walking Guides
Now Available


Covers of walking guides: Brunel's Clifton, Brunel's Dockside and Victorian Bristol

Free walking guides, printed as part of the Brunel 200 programme, are now available from Tourist Information Centres in Bristol. The fully-illustrated, pocket-size guides are on Brunel's Clifton, Brunel's Dockside and Victorian Bristol. They are linked to the free Bristol Legible City maps, which are widely available.

Word versions of the guides can be downloaded here:

Brunel's Clifton (Word document). Prepared by CHIS committee members Julia Killingback, Mike Pascoe and Richard Bland
Brunel's Dockside (Word document)
Victorian Bristol (Word document)

The following walks all relate to 2005, and indicate the type of walks that are available in Clifton.
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Sat 19 FebForest of Avon Clifton Downs in Winter 1-3pm A 2 hour tree gazing walk with Tony Titchen, to the Suspension Bridge and Christchurch Green.
Wheelchairs and pushchairs welcome.
Dogs on leads
Meet at Proctors Fountain, Clifton Downs (opp Lord Mayors Mansion
For details phone Tont Titchen: 01275 848629
Cost 3
Sat 27 FebBristol Parks Deer Feeding Walk 10:30am-11:30 Bring the children to meet the Deerkeeper at Ashton Court on an hour long walk to the fallow and red deer parks to see the deer being fed.
Booking essential 0117 9639174
Sun 20 MarNational Trust Easter Fun Trail 10am Special children's trail round Leigh Woods to win an Easter treat. Family fun half-day event. Disabled access from Nature Reserve Office.
Park in North Road, Leigh Woods.
Contact 0117 973 1645 to book a place.
2 per child.
Sun 3 AprNational Trust The Riddle of the Rocks 2-4pm Discover more about the fascinating geology and landscape of the Avon Gorge and Leigh Woods on a 2 hour walk.
On good trails, no stiles, some steep slopes.
Booking essential.
Contact 0117 973 1645 to book a place.
Cost 2
Sun 17 AprAvon Gorge Wildlife Project Early birds and bacon butties 6am-8:30am Join us for a magic walk lead by local bird expert (and CHIS member) Richard Bland. After learning how to identify birds on the Downs, its back to the Zoo for breakfast.
For details phone Mandy Leivers, Zoo Gardens 0117 9030609
Cost 10 (includes bacon/veggie sausage bap plus tea or coffee)
Sun 24 AprAvon Gorge Wildlife Project Early birds and bacon butties 2 6am-8:30am Join us for a magic walk lead by local ornithologist Ed Drewitt. After learning how to identify birds on the Downs, its back to the Zoo for breakfast.
For details phone Mandy Leivers, Zoo Gardens 0117 9030609
Cost 10 (includes bacon/veggie sausage bap plus tea or coffee)
Sun 24 AprNational Trust Bird walk 9-11am Local bird expert John Tully will lead this walk looking at birds found in Leigh Woods on a 2 hour walk. Learn how to identify different birds by their calls.
Please bring binoculars. Children should be accompanied by an adult.
Booking essential.
Contact 0117 973 1645 to book a place.
Cost 2
Tues 17 MayAvon Gorge Wildlife Project Candles and Blossom 6:30pm-8:30pm Join tree expert Tony Titchen for a pleasant evening stroll on the Downs. On this walk we will be looking at trees in flower including majestic horse chestnuts and historic hawthorns. Flat terrain with some slight inclines. No gates or stiles.
For details phone Mandy Leivers, Zoo Gardens 0117 9030609
Cost 3
Sat 9 JulyAvon Gorge Wildlife Project Moth Magic 9pm-11pm Meet some of the Gorge and Downs nocturnal residents on this special 'National Moth Night'. Hopefully we will spot the nationally rare chalk carpet moth. Expert Ray Barnett and members of the Bristol & District Moth Group will give us information
For details phone Mandy Leivers, Zoo Gardens 0117 9030609
Cost 3

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