Bristol lies close to some outstanding countryside.
Beyond Bristol: 24 Country Walks (2017) and Beyond Bristol 2: 24 More Country Walks (2019) comprise 48 of the best walks within an hour of Bristol city centre, condensed from 30 years’ plus exploring.
Circular walks through the highest quality landscapes
6 to 11 miles long
Each within 30 miles radius of Bristol, many much nearer
Easy-to-follow route descriptions
OS map extracts with route clearly marked
Some of the acclaim received for both volumes:
"Head and shoulders above all other walking guides I have purchased - they really are superb..." (GD, 02.05.21).
"Massively enjoyable, and very clearly written .... two fantastic publications...." (NC, 02.01.21).
"Best book of walks around Bristol that we have used....and we've lived here and been walking in the surrounding countryside for more than 23 years" (TD, Amazon, 06.07.20).
"We absolutely love .... Fantastic way to get to know the areas around Bristol and it has made our Covid 19 experience lockdown experience. Thank you so much for making, Robin! Great job." (SC, Amazon, 14.05.20).
"I have both Beyond Bristol books and absolutely love them. I have many walking books, which always seem to cover the same old ground. Yours, though consistently take to me to new places ..." (DC, 27.06.20).
"Bristolians with itchy feet! - Robin Tetlow's excellent Beyond Bristol - 24 Country Walks should sort you out."
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"Really well-written directions - surprisingly rare in walking guide books ... What a great book!" (M, Amazon)
OCTOBER 2021 UPDATE
N.B. UPDATES ARE ISSUED + REVIEWED AT LEAST ONCE PER MONTH. EACH OF THE UPDATES LISTED BELOW REMAINS CURRENT (TO THE AUTHOR'S KNOWLEDGE).
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September 2021. Beyond Bristol 1, Walk 2 - Diversion
07.09.21. Following author visit, further update on reported complication around D at the concrete works in August 2021. New path has been provided, avoiding the necessity to pass directly through the works. Use of this 'permissive' path is now recommended as use of the 'statutory' path through the works is not essential. Before D, instead of turning right off the disused railway path by the container, turn left and follow the gravel path into the woodland opposite, within the rear boundary of the works. Reconnect with the the main route by crossing the stile out into open countryside after D, as stated.
June 2021. Beyond Bristol 2, Walk 4 - Diversion
Reprofiling of the old railway line in early 2021 necessitates taking the well-defined path up to the left just before C and above Wall Weir (refer to the map), thereby omitting a small section. The diversion soon rejoins the main route. Author is yet to check but is informed that the signage is very clear.
June 2021. Beyond Bristol 2, Walk 19 - Temporary Diversion
Despite the landslip reported in June 2020 having been restored, the downhill track in the woodland between B and C is still reported as temporarily 'closed'. Diversion is simple and short but not well shown. From the metal gate go down the parallel track and bear slightly right. It is key to pick up the matching metal gate at the bottom, from where you can take stock and pick up the route again. The current situation is flagged with the the Highway Authority.
January 2021. Beyond Bristol 2, Walk 1 - Diversion
08.01.21. Update on recent changes to the footpath network around Park Farm, between points F and G, following report of 02.01.21 and author visit. You can still access Park Farm but you should now divert; and approach it from a different direction. From point F, keep straight-ahead along the Monarch's Way. Beyond the first bridge, turn sharp left and then straight through fields to reach the Park Farm driveway. From here, you now follow the new footpath around the outer edge of the garden, as waymarked. Exit into the field as per the originally published route and resume; to reach point G. Amended in March 2021 reprint.
24 COUNTRY WALKS + 24 MORE COUNTRY WALKS
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Volume 1. First published April 2017. First reprint October 2017. Second reprint June 2018. Third reprint June 2020. Fourth reprint February 2021.
Volume 2. First published September 2019. First reprint March 2021.
Backwell and Barrow Court
The route skirts Flax Bourton before climbing past the mainly 16th-century Barrow Court. Beyond here the views open up of the rolling countryside to the north and the city of Bristol over to the east. You skirt a variety of deciduous and coniferous woodland. You then follow an ancient track, Tinker’s Lane, which emerges at Oatfield where there are views across to Bristol Airport...