An often criminally overlooked asset to the city. The line links Bristol Temple Meads, in the centre of the city, to Severn Beach from where the Severn Bridges and South Wales are clearly visible. The scheduling is sadly erratic but it provides a superb link between east and west Bristol. It's worth travelling to the end of the line as it snakes up the Avon valley providing some beautiful views. Once at the Severn estuary there are some excellent walks.
Stops at Bristol Temple Meads, Lawrence Hill, Stapleton Road, Montpelier, Redland, Clifton Down, Sea Mills, Shirehampton, Severn Beach;
Bookings and timetable: www.thetrainline.com;
Like Rome, Bristol lies on seven hills. Despite this, cycling remains the best way to get about. The city can get congested and the public transport system is in the hands of an unresponsive privately owned monopoly. The Bristol - Bath cycle path is a great 13 mile traffic-free ride that takes you along the River Avon and past a number of decent pubs.
The leisurely way to get about the city centre. The ferry taxis passengers from Bristol Temple Meads into town as well as to the ss Great Britain and to Hotwells, where the floating harbour meets the River Avon. There are occasional trips up the Avon Gorge and under the Clifton Suspension Bridge. They offer up a traffic free perspective of the historic docks which gave rise to the phrase 'ship shape and Bristol fashion'.
Upon arrival at Bristol Temple Meads go out of the rear of the station and follow the signs to the ferry service behind the Bristol & West offices. Ferries also depart from the fountains on Narrow Quay;
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