I’ve been exploring more of Bristol’s less known spots in the first few weeks of 2015. Even during these frosty January days I’m loving the weekend rambling opportunities (of course the bright, clear, sunny days have helped!).
I’ve always felt comfortable outside in nature, exploring the woods, tramping around on a farm or looking for wildlife along cliffs. Our decision to live in Bristol was made easier by the countryside we would be surrounded by. I don’t think I realised, though, quite how much adventure we would have on our doorstep- from city events, museums and great food, to the parks, nature reserves, woodlands and fields of this green city.
After last weekend‘s muddy wonder beneath the trees and now another afternoon of wild discoveries, I’ve decided to make this a little feature here on my blog. For now, let’s call it ‘Countryside in the City’.
Warmley Forest Park
This weekend we ventured just outside of the ring road, passed Kingswood and into Warmley. There, we spotted a sign for a footpath, stepped through a gate and just 5 minutes later found ourselves a million miles away from the streets we left behind.
Warmley Forest Park is green, varied and curious, made up of young woodland and open space with the Siston Brook meandering through. First we walked along the brook and gazed at the fields stretching out beyond. Every time I see the rugged nature and country landscapes that are on our doorstep, it’s enchanting.
The rest of the site offers pathways through grassy parkland and beneath tall trees- at this time of year you’re unlikely to avoid fresh mud underfoot! I’m sure in the Summer the flora demands a second look and maybe the terrain is more suitable for picnics… we’ll definitely venture back to find out.