Brunel and Banksy City Break

Dates

Fri-Sun Mar 2nd-4th

Organiser

Brian

Cost

£69 for 2 nights, including supplement

Activities

We are travelling to Bristol for a walking and cycling weekend break in this historic city. Bristol has lots of history all within easy walk of the centre. There is the harbour side maritime heritage area; the old city with cathedral and former abbey estate; many fine Regency crescents and terraces facing the Avon Gorge. Bristol was the home city of Brunel who created much of the infrastructure. The original GWR railway shed, the Clifton suspension bridge and the SS Great Britain can all be explored on foot. It is also the home city of Banksy and there is a Bristol Street Art walking route to spot his earliest works.
On Saturday we plan to hire cycles at the hostel to do a 15 mile ride along the Festival Way - from the M-Shed on an entirely traffic-free route to Ashton Court estate with off-road trails. Back via Avon Gorge and part of the Bristol to Bath railway sustrans cycle trail. There will also a city walking option to do the heritage maritime and street art trail. Can also walk around the Stokes Croft (green capital quarter) of the city. In the evening we will eat at one of the recommended restaurants in the heritage quarter, very large and varied choice.
On Sunday we plan an easy 7 mile walk to the Clifton Bridge and SS Great Britain and return via the heritage centre of town visiting the cathedral, the regency architecture and the street art displays. There is also an option for mountain biking at Ashton Court and boat rides along the river Avon. There are several notable museums and art galleries in the centre.

Refreshments

Hostel offers all meals, plus self-catering kitchen. Lots of cafés and pubs nearby.

Travel

Car: Car share with others from group already going. Train: Currently off-peak open return tickets £57 to Bristol, based on travelling before 16:00 or after 19:00 on the Friday. Cheaper fares may be released by GWR around 12 weeks before the event but may not be available on all services.

Accommodation

YHA Bristol, 14 Narrow Way, Bristol, BS1 4QA. We have 2 private ensuite dorms. The hostel is a converted waterfront grain house on the river Avon with its own bar and restaurant plus self-catering kitchen.

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