BristolWick (Bristol)

Briwic two
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By simonwentworth on 28 Sep 2021


Distance

18km/11mi

Ascent

711m

Descent

687m

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Description

Bristol to Wick, following the Bristol and Bath Railway Path

Bristol to Wick, following the Bristol and Bath Railway Path

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This route has been reviewed by 3 people.

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Verified route

Route status - Live

Reviews - 3

Average rating -

Is this route good enough? -  Yes (3)

There are currently no problems reported with this route.

Downloads - 9

Surveys

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Description Note
Grade 4: Route includes very rough surfaces including deep ruts, steep loose gravel, unmade paths and deep muddy sections. Wheelchairs may experience traction/wheel spin issues.
Access grade X: At least one stile, flight of steps or other obstacle that is highly likely to block access for wheelchair and scooter users.
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Facilities

Facilities in the middle third of this route.

Maybe present Public toilet (1)
Maybe present Wheelchair accessible toilet (1)
Not present at time of survey Supermarket (1)
Present at time of survey Restaurant (1)
Present at time of survey Vegan restaurant (1)
Maybe present Accommodation (1)
Maybe present Accommodation < £50 (1)
Maybe present Campsite (1)
Not present at time of survey Bothy (1)
Maybe present Free wifi (1)
Maybe present Public phone (1)
Present at time of survey Mobile phone coverage (1)
Maybe present Train station (1)
Present at time of survey Bench (1)
Present at time of survey Picnic table (1)
Present at time of survey Bus stop (1)
Not present at time of survey Ferry (1)

Challenges

Potential challenges reported on this route. Some challenges are seasonal.

Not present at time of survey Scrambling (1)
Not present at time of survey Wading (1)
Not present at time of survey Swimming (1)
Not present at time of survey Climbing (1)
Not present at time of survey Stepping stones (1)
Present at time of survey Very slippery (1)
Present at time of survey Very muddy (1)
Maybe present Very icy (1)
Maybe present Likely to flood (1)
Not present at time of survey Long grass sections (1)
Not present at time of survey Crops encroaching on path (1)
Present at time of survey Diverted path (1)

Obstacles

Obstacles on this route.

Not present at time of survey Stiles (1)
Present at time of survey Step and kerbs (1)
Not present at time of survey Possible to avoid steps, if applicable (1)
Present at time of survey Flights of steps (1)
Not present at time of survey Gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Kissing gates (1)
Maybe present Locked gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Disables access gates (1)
Present at time of survey Cycle barriers (1)
Not present at time of survey Ladders (1)
Present at time of survey Cattle grids (1)
Not present at time of survey Fords (1)
Not present at time of survey Narrow bridges (1)
Not present at time of survey Ferry required (1)
Present at time of survey Acceptable road walking (1)
Maybe present Unacceptable road walking (1)
Present at time of survey Dangerous road crossings (1)
Present at time of survey Walking on paths beside roads (1)
Present at time of survey Walking on verges beside roads (1)
Not present at time of survey Railway crossings (1)
Not present at time of survey River crossings (1)
Not present at time of survey Cattle possible (1)
Present at time of survey Horses possible (1)
Not present at time of survey Tidal area (1)
Not present at time of survey Potential falls (1)
Not present at time of survey Exposed to elements (1)
Not present at time of survey Remote area (1)
Not present at time of survey Mountainous area (1)
Not present at time of survey Military training area (1)
Not present at time of survey No visible path (1)
Maybe present Seasonal nesting birds (1)
Maybe present Other hazards (1)

Accessibility

Is this route step and stile free?

Present at time of survey Free of stiles (1)
Not present at time of survey Free of single steps/kerbs (1)
Not present at time of survey Free of flights of steps (1)
Not present at time of survey Free of other obstacles (1)

Measurements

Surveyors were asked to measure the narrowest and steepest parts of paths.

The narrowest part of the path is 65.0cm (1)

The steepest uphill gradient walking East 18.0% (1)

The steepest uphill gradient walking West 18.0% (1)

The steepest camber: no data

How clear is the waymarking on the route: Unclear in places (1)

Successfully completed

We asked route surveyors "Have you successfully completed this route with any of the following? If so, would you recommend it to someone with the same requirements?". Here is how they replied.

Present at time of survey Small Pug-sized dog (1)
Present at time of survey Small Labrador-sized dog (1)
Present at time of survey Large St. Bernard-sized dog (1)
Not present at time of survey Standard pram (1)
Not present at time of survey Off-road rugged pram (1)
Not present at time of survey Standard wheelchair (1)
Maybe present Off-road rugged wheelchair (1)
Not present at time of survey Standard mobility scooter (1)
Not present at time of survey Off-road rugged mobility scooter (1)

Recommended by an expert

We asked route surveyors "Are you a trained access professional, officer or expert? If so, is this route suitable for someone travelling with any of the following?" Here is how they replied.

Present at time of survey Small Pug-sized dog (1)
Present at time of survey Small Labrador-sized dog (1)
Present at time of survey Large St. Bernard-sized dog (1)
Not present at time of survey Standard pram (1)
Not present at time of survey Off-road rugged pram (1)
Not present at time of survey Standard wheelchair (1)
Maybe present Off-road rugged wheelchair (1)
Not present at time of survey Standard mobility scooter (1)
Not present at time of survey Off-road rugged mobility scooter (1)

Terrain

We asked route surveyors to estimate how much of the route goes through different kinds of terrain.

20.0% of the route is on roads (1)

40.0% of the route is lit at night (1)

90.0% of the route is paved (1)

5.0% of the route is muddy (1)

5.0% of the route is over rough ground (1)

There is no data on long grass

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4X October 2021 by Cafrench
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Start and end points

Bristol
Grid Ref ST5894073546
Lat / Lon 51.45939° / -2.59239°
Easting / Northing 358,940E / 173,546N
What3Words dollar.perky.study
Wick (Bristol)
Grid Ref ST7041172724
Lat / Lon 51.45272° / -2.42721°
Easting / Northing 370,411E / 172,724N
What3Words noble.ocean.fluid

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reviews


Panifex

19 Jan 2024 Winter

I walked this from Wick to Bristol on a freezing cold but beautiful morning. The route out of Wick is through the very pretty Golden Valley, which includes a flight of steep steps. After this the route is entirely on roads or metalled paths.

It is easy to navigate, fairly flat and (apart from those steps leaving Wick) accessible. There are a couple of crossings of major roads, but I did not find them a problem - with good sight lines and regular breaks in the traffic.

Once on the Railway path, there is almost no navigation to do - just keep going! The cafe at Warmley is nice, and there are other places to take a rest and refreshments just off the path.

I do find walking along old railways fairly dull on the whole. There are no views, and you don’t really get a feel for the places you walk through. This is no different - great for cycling, easy but boring walking. Still, this is no barrier to this being a fine slow way, but I’m looking forward to walking the alternative.The tunnel was good fun, mind.

The route into Bristol is a good one, and passes by The Barley Mow, one of my favourite pubs (closed this morning though!).

Overall - a fine slow way, if a bit dull!.


Mockymock

17 Jan 2023 Winter

Although it seems like a big loop north to use the Bristol Bath railway path on the map, this popular off-road multiuser superhighway is so very easy to navigate, pleasant to walk, unobstructed and well surfaced all the way that it is actually an excellent and highly efficient way to get out of Bristol to the east. The initial route out of central Bristol through Castle Park and along the dockside, passing near the back of Temple Meads station, is also a good one.

Where this Slow Way falls down a little for me is at the Wick end, where it goes an unnecessarily long way round, even though it is an enjoyable walk. I note that the previous reviewer didn’t bother with the last bit and took a more direct way into the village from the west. I assumed that the extra loop round to the east would because it would be wheel-friendly (much of this route is very good for wheels) but it does include a short section of stepped woody path, so it’s not for that reason.

If I used this route another time I would be tempted to switch to Briwic one on the way into Bridgeyate at approx. w3w panic.reform.tops and head across the fields, or do as the previous reviewer did and switch to Hamwic two at approx. w3w vague.range.claim at the western edge of Wick. The first of these options Is about a mile shorter and the second saves nearly half a mile.

That all said, it is very enjoyable. For those who don't know the Bristol Bath cycle path, it does include a few hundred metres of drippy tunnel at Staple Hill (lit though, and atmospheric) and, as the previous reviewer stressed, it can be busy. Watch out for speeding cycle commuters who seem to think the path is their personal race track. The path passes a big Morrisons supermarket in Fishponds and, as has already been said, there is a good cafe at Warmley.

Once off the cycle path the Slow Way takes quiet roads, with a crossing of the busy A420 at Bridgeyate (no pedestrian crossing here but it is a safe place to cross). You can cut off a bit of a corner by walking across the little piece of grassy common once across the road. The road up towards Wick has light traffic, is generally wide or has big grass verges, and has plenty of views around. The last section into the Village is through a lovely wooded nature reserve.

Re buses back into Bristol. Reviewers of both Briwic slow Way options so far have suggested that you can’t get back into Bristol from Wick by bus. This is currently true for a Sunday but Monday to Saturday it is possible. At the time of writing (Jan 23) there is the 35 bus but only 3 a day go direct all the way into town on weekdays only. The rest of the time, it mostly only goes as far as Kingswood, where you have to change to another bus.


Sally P

05 Feb 2022 Winter

Very easy to navigate as the majority of the route follows the Bristol Bath bike path: this can get busy so make sure you keep to the left at all times. The route is mostly concrete and fairly flat. Cafe stop at Warmley provides the perfect half way stop with hot drinks, homemade cakes and a loo in a tardis!
About a mile on from Warmley the route deviates from the bike path and takes you along mainly narrow lanes past farms and stables.
On entering Wick, which you can see from the top of the hill, I deviated from the set route: having been on concrete a lot I decided to head down the footpath (photos 9 and 10). This took me around the back of the houses and along the pretty, meandering River Boyd. It’s easy to get back onto the set route from the end of the path and photo 13 shows the point where you can rejoin the set route at the junction with the High Street. Continue along here for half a mile or so and finish at the Rose and Crown pub for a welcome drink and meal - perfect!
Unfortunately no buses go back to Bristol from here so make sure you have alternative plans to head back….


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