This is the No. 5 of our weekly Sunday blogs that will hopefully give you some fresh ideas on where you escape to with the campervan. Our week trip idea is a trip Bristol and the wider Mendips in the South West of England written by our good friend Freddie who’s living in the area.
A rather easy 3.5 hour drive is all that separates sleepy Suffolk from a landscape that not only feels alpine in some areas, meaning you feel a world away from Suffolk, but is possibly one of the most beautiful parts of the UK. If cycling, hiking, riding or simply a relaxing getaway in the countryside is what you need, the Mendips is the place for you. Equally if the weather is less than perfects days can easily be spent wandering rounds Bristol’s quaint streets while dipping into the odd museum or two.
Here are some links for things that may be of interest...
- Riding - https://www.tynings-trekking.co.uk
- Visiting Bristol’s street art - https://visitbristol.co.uk/things-to-do/street-art
Described as a city with “dynamic character” that “can’t fail to charm”, by the Independent, Bristol has cemented itself as a one of the cultural hubs of the UK. With a thriving foodie culture and one of the most noteworthy music scenes in the country as well as having a plethora of museums Bristol will certainly not leave you bored, and we have no doubt after visiting this beautiful city once a return trip will be very much on the cards.
As cyclists ourselves we love the thought of being in the city but only a stone’s throw (also known as a very beautiful ride across the Brunel suspension bridge) from being right in the heart of the countryside. Being welcomed by Ashton court park is a beautiful surprise and almost all of Bristol’s best cycling routes will be sure to include it as a perfect end to any ride. This is one of our favourite routes from our time down in Bristol: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/29956408
It was a bit of a wet one as you can see from the water level but a good walk along Clifton cliff tops
Now there is no doubt that Bristol is a place to visit what about staying in the area?
If the thought of staying in a busy city makes your skin crawl, then look no further than parking on Clifton Downs. Close enough to the centre to walk but silent overnight and far enough away to feel distant and within walking distance of the Brunel Suspension bridge. We stayed here earlier in the year and didn't have any issues, no parking restrictions 5pm - 8am or over the weekend.
Where we parked with some others in Clifton Down for a quiet spot, great for a morning run.
If you would prefer some extra comforts, Cheddar Mendip Heights may well be the place for you with Showers, WC and motorhome hook up's. Do bear in mind that this is out of Bristol however not far enough that a day trip wouldn’t be an enticing possibility.
Bristol and the Mendips have some lovely sights and makes a great stopover on your way up further south down towards Cornwall. We highly recommend the 'Park4Night' app that users post locations they have stayed with costs and what the site had to offer (WC, Showers, Elect, Water etc). Download it before making a trip for recommendations from other like-minded adventurers.
Bristol is well known for its foodie culture and this means that the cafes do not disappoint. One of the best finds is probably the Foliage café in Clifton. If the warm owner and beautiful smell of coffee don’t entice you in already then, the decorations certainly will. The walls are adorned with plants that make an excellent holiday purchase should you see one that takes your fancy as they are almost all for sale. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Foliage-Cafe/731700000565530
If you fancy a break from exploring the Mendips, then the place to head to is Moondance café in Chew Manga. With excellent coffee and a fine menu to match for all times of day we are sure that you won’t be disappointed with this gem of a café. http://moondancecafe.co.uk
That’s it for our first blog in a while (sorry about the delay), see you on the next one 🚐