This location is another find from the always reliable Bristol Barkers. It is an old quarry which has is now a nature reserve. It has been on my list to visit for a while, but it took a little more planning than usual, as there is no where to park nearby. I had to find a spot down the river, and walk an hour along the river to reach the quarry.
The river walk is part of the Frome Valley walkway, which is an 18 mile trail that goes all the way from the start of the river by the coast, and works it’s way all through Bristol until it ends in Frome. There is a pleasingly old-school website that has a graphic of all the locations along the way here.
There are two long river trails in Bristol that I have been trying to slowly explore different sections of, this one and the River Avon Trail which you can follow all the way from Pill and then into Bath. I’ve been thinking lately about how great it would be to walk the whole trail in one day – though I’ve never walked that far in my life – I don’t know how I would go prepping for an 18 mile walk, or if it is just one of those things I should just have a go, and see how I get on? I dread to think how long it would take to walk that far, if I am stopping to take photos the whole time.
This section of the trail mirrors the river the whole way, there are lots of great little bridges along the route, as well as trees on river banks, where the bank has eroded to show the roots, which probably isn’t great for the tree long term, but is great to photograph.
Number one on my list to photograph was the viaduct. I was limited with angles, as you are dictated by the route of the path, which approaches diagonally before running parallel, then before you know it you are right underneath, and far too close to get a picture.
This is a quick phone shot from the path underneath, more just to show the scale more than anything else, it is a huge structure.
The weather was really warm, full sun, which is great, but not ideal for taking photographs. But I’ve walked all this way, and you have to work with what you’ve got in front of you. Down by the riverbank, under the trees it created some nicely contrasting shadows and textures especially in the water and the plants.
To be honest once I got to the quarry there wasn’t too much I saw to photograph, it was nice and picturesque, lots of trees, but nothing that caught my eye compositionally. I don’t really mind, as I’m happy just for an excuse to get outside and go for a walk, especially when the weather is nice. This was spring right on the cusp of summer, and I feel this compulsion to make the most of it, as before I know it, the weather will be getting colder, and darker and rainy, and I’ll be stuck inside wishing I could get out to places like this. I’ll definitely come back in Autumn, as I think the viaduct could look great once the leaves have gone, and there are some clearer sight-lines of it from some other angles.