Rose Boswell gives her account of this recent walk organised by 'Sustainable Bishopston':
I joined some of our Bishopston Society members and others from Sustainable Bishopston on what was a warm and pleasant evening, one of the last really nice evenings of early autumn and spent a very interesting couple of hours exploring the ‘bounds of Bishopston’ in a walk led by Ian Baker of Sustainable Bishopston. I saw parts I had never visited before including foot paths I had never noticed, even though I have lived in the area for some 30 years!
We started the walk at ‘Nailsea Electrics’, went up Berkeley Road, on to Kings Drive then turned off into Donkey Lane (also known to some as Dead Man’s Lane) - a path that runs alongside the Horfield and District Allotments. From there we took a foot path on Longmead Avenue which led us to the Ardagh. We were lucky to have Denis Wright, a local historian, with us. He told us about various pathways and the manorial system around Horfield. When Horfield Lodge was dug, excavations revealed mussel shells which presumably had been brought from the coast.
A tree near the Ardagh tennis courts was full of a roost of starlings – something that was once a common event but far less so nowadays. We passed the house of Archibald Leach (alias Cary Grant) and then made the long descent of Muller Road, past allotments and brambles, and then cut into a subway ascending to The City of Bristol College. From there we moved on to Sefton Park Road and the Bishopston side of Sommerville Road, noting as we walked the plaque to Professor Wallace Fox, a pioneer of tuberculosis treatment. His achievement in shortening what had been an eighteen month treatment course to just six months was a huge improvement, especially for dealing with the disease in African and Asian countries.
We finished up at the Robin Hood pub for refreshments and a chat, bringing to an end a very enjoyable and informative evening.