29th January 2017
Brandon Hill Nature Reserve And Cabot Tower, Bristol
As we made progress on our back-yard travels last year, we’re back exploring new places in our local area.Last Sunday on a grey and rainy day we headed off to Brandon Hill, also known as St.Brandon’s Hill, near Park Street in the west end of Bristol.As the oldest park in Bristol, you can enjoy the most stunning views of Bristol’s Harbourside and the city.We climbed several steps and a very steep hill to reach a children’s play area, stone paths and a nature conservation area and Cabot Tower.Designed by the Bristol architect William Venn Gough, Cabot Tower is built from red sandstone covered with cream Bath stone.The 105 ft tower was built in 1897 to commemorate John Cabot’s famous voyage from Bristol to North America four hundred years ago.Located in the centre of the park, the twisting steps of the tower seem to go on forever, but it is very well-lit and has a hand rail all the way up.
Brandon Hill nature reserve is divided into informal gardens and open grassland. The two-hectare nature reserve has been run since 1980 by the Avon Wildlife Trust who have their headquarters beside the park.
The wildflower meadow is cut for hay in July. A pond provides a breeding site for frogs, toads and smooth newts. The butterfly garden supplies food for caterpillars and many kinds of butterflies. Birds such as jay, bullfinch and black cap are seen in the reserve. Native trees and shrubs are planted throughout.As it’s the middle of winter, we’ll certainly be going back to visit again to see the flowers and enjoy the views in warmer climes.
Cabot Tower was shut in 2007 after cracks appeared in the tower. The tower reopened to the public on 16th August 2011, after vital work to make it safe was completed, and visitors can once again make the rewarding trip to climb the spiral staircase inside Cabot Tower in order to enjoy the panoramic views of the city of Bristol and its Harbourside.
Pokèmon Go at Brandon Hill Nature Reserve And Cabot Tower, Bristol
Up until Sunday, the girls took it in turns to use my phone to catch Pokèmon.But on Saturday night Kieran had the genius idea of using my newly bought Samsung tablet to set up an account for the girls, so we could all play.The girls took it in turns to catch Pokemon on the tablet, which made play more fun for us all. Both me and Kieran are now at level 28, I’m a little ahead.We used The Silph Road map to find out what Pokèmon were spawning at Brandon Hill.As last Thursday was nest migration day, we were pleased to see there was a Charmander nest.We were hoping to get enough for candies to power up the Charizards we got during the New Year starter event and evolve the Charmanders we’ve hatched from eggs.We managed to catch 15 before descending down the hill, when Kieran noticed an Aerodactyl on a nearby Pokestop.I had yet to have one added to my Pokedex, as they are usually hatched from 10k eggs and rarely appear in the wild, we were all pretty excited to catch one.The tower is a gym and there are 7 pokestops (we can’t remember the exact amount but I’ll edit if wrong after we return again) around the site.I used AZ screen recorder to capture our catch.
We traveled from Chippenham to Bristol Temple Meads for just over £10 for a return using my friends and family railcard.
Linking up to Coombe Mill Country Kids.