About

“Discover Brislington Brook” was a 3 year Heritage Lottery funded project focussing on the brook, which runs through Stockwood, Brislington and St Annes areas of Bristol, connecting these communities and acting as an invaluable wildlife corridor before finally flowing into the Avon.

The aim of the project was to bring the river to life and enable The people of Brislington and beyond to discover its history and wildlife through fun activities, walks, talks and events as well as supporting members of the community to organise their own river-related activities.

For further info on what was achieved please look at the end of project report here! End of project evaluation

The original project has now run out of funding but the spirit of it still continues with local volunteer group Friends of Brislington Brook (FOBB) who’s aims and objectives are broadly similar.

To find out more about FOBB here’s the latest constitution (Sept 2014) and go to the Contact section of the website to get in touch if you would like to join us FOBB-Constitution – Sept2014.

 

2 Responses to About

  1. Thomas says:

    Hello, could you add a map to the website please. Even as a local, I don’t know where to go (Nightingale valley, or elsewhere?

    • brookbabbler says:

      Hello Thomas,
      Thank you for your suggestion. It’s something to consider, but I will confess I’m not an IT expert! Hopefully we can get a map produced, containing points of interest, sometime in the future. In the meantime have a look at the ‘Brook Trail’ section of the website. Here you’ll see links to maps (starting ‘Entrance Location Plan’) which detail the pathway and entrance improvements.
      You’ll see that there are several entrances to both Nightingale Valley and St. Anne’s Wood. I’ll try to give you a brief explanation, and free free to come back if you have any further questions. Perhaps check some of the roads I mention on Google Maps.
      – The source of Brislington Brook is on Dundry, with two main tributaries, and its mouth meets the River Avon at St. Anne’s Road. One of the tributaries is much culverted through Hengrove, then follows Airport Road. The other tributary is much culverted through Whitchurch and follows Sturminster Road, and the two meet at Callington Road, near Tesco.
      – The main areas to visit, as mentioned before, are Nightingale Valley and St. Anne’s Wood, and I’ll try to walk you through. I’ll describe walking upstream, but this can easily be reversed.
      – Starting at the mouth of Brislington Brook there is a free car park by the Co-op. The entrance to St. Anne’s Wood is by the roundabout between St. Anne’s Road and Wootton Road. Follow the path and the brook becomes visible to your right. When you come to the clearing you’ll see the Holy Well of St. Anne in the Wood. Continue upstream and there are various pathways you can explore. The brook is eventually culverted under the railway. Exit the woods to the right and come out on Newbridge Road. Turn left and cross the railway bridge, turning immediately left into St. Anne’s Terrace.
      – You are now entering Nightingale Valley. Again there are various paths to explore, but sticking to the brookside path you come across the ancient Packhorse Bridge and further on the magical ancient bricked-up Plane Tree.
      – The walk finally ends at the Hill Lawn entrance, which is at the bottom of Allison Road.

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