Our annual walk around the Avon Valley including Brislington Brook, Eastwood Farm LNR and Dundridge Park stopping for lunch at Beese's.
We were pleased to welcome 25 walkers to Troopers Hill Field on a sunny Sunday morning. We started by walking down through Troopers Hill Woodland to Crews Hole, following the waymarkers installed as part of our Ways to Nature Project. There were regular stops for Rob to pass on information about the history of the areas we were walking through.
Crossing the footbridge we then followed Brislington Brook past St Anne's Well and into Nightingale Valley. We climbed out of the valley before visiting Eastwood Farm, where some walkers stopped for a picnic, while others went on to Beese's for lunch.
During lunch it started to rain and by the time we were due to leave it had become a downpour. Due to the rain some of our walkers left us here to return to Troopers Hil by taxi.
As we walked alongside the river towards Conham the rain gradually eased, though its effect could be seen in the volume of water coming coming into the river at the overflow structure from Brislington Brook. There was also a short diversion due to a fallen tree.
By the time we had climbed up through Conham Wods to Dundridge Park the rain had almost stopped. We then crossed to Troopers Hill where we saw the new fencing and discussed some of the conservation work funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund as another part of the Ways to Nature Project.
At the top of the Hill we were able to take in the views of Bristol and the route we had followed as the brighter weather returned.
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