Bristol Walk Fest 2022: when is it, how to get involved, events & routes including National Trust near me

Bristol’s month-long walking festival celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.

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Bristol Walk Fest, the month where Bristolians pay homage to their city by exploring it via various different walks and routes, is not far away.

A festival that brings the whole of Bristol together, takes part through various city-wide activities, enjoying a National Trust spring walk, or signing up for the many events that occur throughout the month.

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Here is everything you need to know about Bristol Walk Fest 2022.

What is Bristol Walk Fest?

About to mark its 10 year anniversary with its debut event dating back to 2012, Bristol Walk Fest is a month-long festival that promotes exploration of the whole city.

Whether that be through heritage tours, looking at street art and statues, woodland story times, or discovering new places in the fresh air - there is plenty to do to take part.

Throughout the festival, most events are free and are open to people of different ages and abilities.

When is Bristol Walk Fest 2022?

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Bristol Walk Fest has always been a month-long festival, and this is set to continue in 2022.

It begins on Sunday, 1 May and is set to conclude on Tuesday, 31 May.

What are some Bristol Walk Fest 2022 routes?

There are tens of different walks and routes that you can follow to celebrate Bristol Walk Fest 2022.

Here are three examples of some routes, including National Trust trails:

Blaise Castle Walk

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A Grade II listed historic landscape, all walks will include steep ascents and descents - for an official guide of the route, view the Blaise Castle Walk digital brochure.

Visitor facilities such as a cafe, a play area and a performance zone are available on-site.

Kings Weston Road, Bristol, BS10 7QS

Bristol Street Art Walk

A Banksy tribute mural inside Rock the Atic, a late night bar and comedy club in Butcher's Row of Banbury's town centreA Banksy tribute mural inside Rock the Atic, a late night bar and comedy club in Butcher's Row of Banbury's town centre
A Banksy tribute mural inside Rock the Atic, a late night bar and comedy club in Butcher's Row of Banbury's town centre

Explore the culture of the city by delving through 30 years of street and graffiti art at the home of Bansky.

Running for over 8 years, this is an experience of the city not to be missed.

For information about booking, visit the website.

Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust Walk

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Step in and discover this unique heritage site in the heart of Bristol.

With 45 acres of the greenland in and around the spectacular Victorian Garden Cemetery, this site includes two very different and inspiring walks.

For more information about the walk, visit the website.

For the full list of walks for Bristol Walk Fest 2022, visit its database.

Are there any Bristol Walk Fest 2022 events?

Bristol boasts many different events to sign up for as a way to take part in Bristol Walk Fest 2022.

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A large majority are free entry, with a very limited barrier of entry for a range of ages, fitness levels and disabilities.

Here are three examples of different events taking place in Bristol for Bristol Walk Fest 2o22:

St Anne’s Board and Chapel

Sunday, 1 May from 10:30 pm to 12 pm

Price: FREE

Starting at a Co-Op Food supermarket in Wyatts View (BS 4WW),  explore the history of the site of St Anne’s Board and Chapel, which now no longer exists.

All remains of this site is a road on an industrial estate in Chapel Way, which you will explore and visit as a part of this event.

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With various instances of steep inclines, this event is more about the listening than actually walking.

Booking is required - for more details, visit the website.

Bristol Slave Trade

Sunday, 1 May from 12 pm to 2:30 pm

Price: £10 per person

This event focuses on the slave trade and its impact on the city of Bristol as you uncover the 1,000 year history of its role as a port.

It will uncover the role of the divisive Edward Colston, with the walk taking place in Bristol’s harbour, city centre, Bristol Cathedral and much more.

The starting point of the event is outside the Radisson Blu Hotel (BS1 4BY) and ends at Cabot’s statue (BS1 4QA).

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Booking is required - for more information, visit the website.

Guided Tree Walk

Thursday, 5 May from 10 am to 12 pm

Price: FREE

Explore some of the trees of Ashton Court via this hilly guided walk event in Bristol.

Visiting some ancient trees, you will learn how to estimate their ages and even have the chance to select your favourites.

The aim of this event is to connect you to the trees and shrubbery of Bristol.

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The event will end with a picnic, so bring a bite with you to enjoy with friends and family.

The starting and ending point is the Courtyard Cafe at the Ashton Court Visitor Centre (BS41 9JN).

Booking is required for this two to three mile journey - for more information, visit its Facebook page.

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