A Series of Refreshingly Different Walks Books



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Welcome to Bristol.

One of Europe’s most exciting cities!

One of the best ways to see it is on foot


Discover more of Bristol’s history including: Past people, famous landmarks, beautiful buildings, delightful gardens, hidden backwaters, wildlife, trees, mysteries and legends. Have fun walking these family friendly, healthy explorewalks. These delightful books will remind you of historic and vibrant Bristol long after you get home!


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  • Brunel’s Famous Suspension Bridge
  • Dramatic views over the Avon Gorge
  • Europe’s longest Georgian Crescent
  • A working Camera Obscura
  • Georgian Life: Upstairs and Downstairs

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  • Exquisite terraces, lavish villas
  • A beautiful beech-lined Promenade
  • A Victorian venture – Bristol Zoo
  • Clifton’s original Victorian Arcade
  • Attic Nannies and Basement Cooks

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  • Mr Goldney piracy and plunder
  • Brunel’s famous SS Great Britain
  • Memorable views of Bristol Harbour
  • Leafy lanes and historic hidden pathways
  • A sea snake and a snake path!

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  • Cliffhanging Georgian terraces
  • Social life at the Hotwells Spa
  • Characterful crescents and gardens
  • The curious inventors of Dowry Square
  • Our history – ship shape and Bristol fashion



  • Circular Routes
  • Easy to follow maps
  • Helpful Instructions
  • Over 100 colour images
  • Great for your health!
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1. CLIFTON

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2. VICTORIAN CLIFTON

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3. CLIFTONWOOD

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4. HOTWELLS

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Available at:

Stanfords Map and Travel Bookshop; (Corn Street) Waterstones; Blackwell; Foyles; Durdham Down Bookshop; (Henleaze) Beast; (Cheltenham Road)  and The Guild; (Park Street) Bristol Tourist Information Centre; ( Harbourside) The Bristol Record Office; (Smeaton Road); Greville Wick; (Queens Road) The Clifton Suspension Bridge Visitor Centre; The Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery; M Shed; ( Harbourside) Chipping Sudbury (TIC); Arch House Deli; (Boyces Avenue); Regent Pharmacy; (Regent St.) and Rise; (Queens Road).

Tangent Books Bristol – Distributor of Explorewalks UK

 

About the authors

Explorewalks were written by two Clifton residents – Julia Killingback and Michael Pascoe. Both authors have worked in the community for many years as volunteers helping to improve and promote this much loved part of Bristol. Michael’s great knowledge of the area’s history proved invaluable. Julia, who has designed for many large companies world wide, devised the visual concept and compiled a myriad of colourful images, some her own illustrations.

Published by Julia Killingback

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The varied walks are designed to be enjoyed by people of all ages!




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Children!
There’s a QUIZ for you
(and adults too!)
SURPRISES? Just a few!




Wallace and Gromit’s
GRAND APPEAL

Supporting Bristol Children’s Hospital

Registered Charity No 1043603
Explorewalks will make a donation to the Grand Appeal from the sale of each guide

To donate: http://www.grandappeal.org.uk/donate

 

To hear Julia talking about the walks and making the books with Andrew Stuck of Rethinking Cities. London visit  www.talkingwalking.net


HEAR WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE BOOKS:

Bristol is one of Europe’s most exciting cities. The best way to explore the city is on foot, and I recommend these books as excellent guides to this particularly beautiful and historic part of the city.

GEORGE FERGUSON
Former Mayor of Bristol

These delightful and beautifully published little walking guides will lure us into hidden corners of Bristol. You thought you knew the city? Try walking with this inspiring guide in your hands; you will be surprised how much fun is to be had by learning so much.

Julia’s guides have emerged just as we approach Bristol’s Green Capital Year -2015. Perfect!

Let us all walk more and breathe better.

ALASTAIR SAWDAY
Publisher of ”Special Places to Stay”

Splendid books of walks around Clifton…Half day and child-friendly they take in arcades, beautiful architecture, Avon Gorge, Clifton Suspension Bridge and lots of quirky corners. They are beautifully produced and illustrated, really well devised, written and laid out. I like the little snippets and quiz questions to keep children’s imaginations engaged – no more, “oh Daaad – do we haaaave to?”

CHRISTOPHER SOMERVILLE
Walker, broadcaster and writer for THE TIMES

The books are terrific!

CHRIS SERLE
former BBC TV presenter, reporter and actor

The first books from new Bristol-based publishing venture (Explorewalks UK published by Julia Killingback ) present family-friendly walking routes around the Clifton area of the city. The short circular trails are rich in history and cultural associations. The books contain A FULL STREET MAP and are packed with good quality colour photographs.

WALK MAGAZINE - RAMBLERS
Britain’s biggest walk magazine

These clear and lively guides are put together to provide exciting circular walks, fun for all, and to be enjoyed too as BEAUTIFUL SOUVENIRS of this fascinating and vibrant city. (With thanks to Stanfords Bristol for launching our EXPLOREWALKS UK series. JK and MP)

STANFORDS
The world’s best map and travel bookshop

Now it’s easier than ever to plan a great day out! These family friendly guides are suitable for all ages and abilities with CLEAR ROUTE MAPS, INSTRUCTIONS, ALTERNATIVE ROUTES and MOBILITY IMPAIRED INFORMATION.

SAMANTHA COLEMAN
The BRISTOL magazine

I realy enjoyed it. And woould never have notest “Stick no Bills” engraved into the wall .

And I never knew they had posters in the olden days .

We sang the grand old duke of york when we sore the sine .

I was fasanated that the firebrigad wood only come if you had the speshel bage on your house .

Thank you

(Imi discovered a Georgian outdoor “poster” carved in stone on a wall. She saw a rare Victorian Fire Mark, on the front of a house. In those days, if you didn’t pay for a Fire Mark on your house and there WAS a fire – the Fire Brigade would not come to help. Just imagine! In those days heavy fire engines were pulled by horses!)

Imogen
Aged 7

 

I really loved the walk and I would never notist the seven ladeese faces on the beems . I never knew I sleped in a stable last night .

(Freya discovered a line of ladies faces decorating a Georgian balcony. The house she stayed in was a former coach house and stables in Princess Victoria Street! We are sure everyone enjoyed hearing the girls singing as they marched along Royal York Crescent!)

Freya
Age 7

These splendid new walks books take you on a real backstreets tour of this fascinating corner of Bristol and will open your eyes to facts, sights and stories that range from the intriguing and the unexpected to downright bizarre.

I cannot recommend them highly enough.

ANDY FRASER
BS8 magazine

On Sunday’s sunny morning I tried out the Hotwells guide,which I found easy to use and very interesting and enriching,with a judicious balance between information and progression.

DR.DAVID SPELLER
Emeritus Professor of Bacteriology. Bristol University

Are you new to Clifton or a long term resident of this delightful part of Bristol? Check out the series of surprise- filled Trail Guides called Explorewalks UK. The books are packed with varied illustrations, paintings, archive documents, and original drawings and photographs by Julia.

SHAUN CURNOW
Clifton Matters

Walking groups, tourists and school children exploring Bristol’s local history can enjoy finding out many intriguing facts while getting HEALTHY EXERCISE too.

EUGENE BYRNE
The Post (Bristol Times)

It’s very obvious the amount of time, effort and love that has been invested here. Explorewalks will be a glorious addition to any bookshop or local hotel, to help inspire travellers.

ALEX BANE
Creative Director Taxi Studios Design and Branding

The books look lovely. They are informative,most attractive and easy to use.

MARILYN MALIN
Consultant

For many people these volumes alone will be sufficient to offer several hours of entertainment revealing unexpected depths of interest in these streets. Julia Killingback and Michael Pascoe are to be thanked for producing these excellent guides.

 

GERRY SMALL
City Sightseeing Bristol - Open Top Bus Tours