Designed to preserve a sense of natural beauty within cities, parks have become a perfect destination for people of all ages to go and unwind, escape the hectic city and reunite with nature. Here are a few that you might want to visit over the year.

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Avon Gorge

SUMMER: Clifton Downs.

With the beautiful view of the Avon Gorge and the Severn Estuary, Clifton Downs are the ideal summer destination for a relaxing picnic.

Kite flying is often seen at the Downs, and the children’s park makes it a great place for a summer adventure! The perfect place to exercise, with Race for Life taking place here every year, and the occasional sponsored abseiling.

 

 

 

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Devon House

AUTUMN: Stoke Park Estate.

A beautifully serene escape, the Stoke Park Estate is home to the striking yellow Dower House, and the stunning Duchess Pond, ideal for fishing. Large wooded areas are perfect for long walks in the crisp autumn air.

World War II gun emplacements makes the park an ideal visit for those with a love of history. Nestled within walking distance of Fishponds.

 

 

 

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Castle Park

WINTER: Castle Park.

Wrap up warm for a winter’s day of history walking around Castle Park, gazing at the wonderfully preserved remains of Bristol Castle, with walls and vaults still on show.

Seven Silver Birch trees stand in memory of the seven beaches of the D-Day landings, near the bandstand that is used for events throughout the year.

 

 

 

 

 

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Ashton Court

SPRING: Ashton Court.

For a day of revelling in the glory of nature, this is the park to visit. Ashton Court Estate’s wide mix of plants and wildlife make the park an absolute beauty in the spring. Some trees are nearly 1,000 years old, and the estate is home to both Fallow and Red Deer parks.

A BioBlitz event in 2009 found 569 different species in the grounds in just 30 hours – come see how many you can discover! A popular event is the annual British International Balloon Fiesta – perfect for those with a passion for photography!

 

 

 

By Charlotte Penketh-King