An afternoon walk around Ashton Court (April 2012)

The main manor at Ashton Court

The main manor at Ashton Court

This walk was my first walk during a weekend and was also the first walk I undertook with a small rucksack and some food. The food in this case consisted of a bottle of juice, a Cornish pasty and an Apple!

I had no map of the place but I knew that the grounds were fully enclosed by walls, which meant that I could randomly explore without fear of getting truly lost. The walk lasted for around 3 to 4 hours and despite the cold was very enjoyable.

Ashton Court is a great proving ground. It got me used to walking in areas that I was unfamiliar with – this in itself helped reinforce confidence and self belief – very important attributes when one is solo walking. The grounds also provided exposure to a variety of terrain types including woods and steep muddy hills – all within the safe environment of the Court’s enclosure.

Below are some photos from the walk:

The view into Bristol from my lunch spot.

The view into Bristol from my lunch spot.

A Sculpture

This was a sculpture I spotted by one of the Deer pens.

A photo of some of the Deer at Ashton Court

A photo of some of the Deer at Ashton Court

A Living Gatehouse

What impressed me with this old gatehouse was that it was actually being used by a family as an abode!

Olde Tree

Trees like this provide backpackers with good reasons to check what trees they are about to camp under….

Laters
RobP

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About RobP

Got into backpacking in the spring of 2012. I started as a couch potato then made my way through walker, hiker and now backpacker! As you can see from below I have far too many hobbies! :)
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