Usually at this time of the year we are hiding from the winter cold. However with England being in yet another lockdown, we are embracing it and exploring more of the outdoors. Even if it does rain!
On a blustery Sunday, my sister and I grabbed a very large coffee and went for a stroll around Stoke Park. Usually I like to avoid crowds… and people in general really (I’m a shy introvert 😅) but at this time, it’s really nice seeing everyone out and about. We hear so much doom and gloom from the media, so to see people enjoying themselves was a welcome sight.
Dower House was built by Sir Richard Berkeley in 1553 and overlooks the vast greenery that is Stoke Park. In it’s life time it has served as a grand home, hospital and psychiatric hospital. Today it has been converted into luxury apartments. I don’t know about you but I would love to go snooping inside. (I think it would make a great air bnb!)
This is one of Bristol’s most recognisable buildings, with it’s unique yellow exterior, it’s not hard to miss the Dower House. This was our first time visiting which is silly really, as I drive past it every fortnight on the M32.
Not only home to the residents of Dower House and the various wild life, legend says the park is supposedly home to a spirit. This is thought to be the ghost of Lady Ann Elizabeth Somerset who unfortunately died at age 17 when her horse shied. People have reported hearing disembodied galloping and the sound of a horse’s neigh and of course a woman in white (it’s always a woman in white!) Of course we didn’t see or hear any ghosts… but there’s always next time. 😄
Once across Stoke Park we found the telecommunications tower. Its a bit of an eye sore but another one of Bristol’s most recognisable architectures. I think it looks like some sort of spaceship., what do you think?
Up here you can see all across the city. It’s an incredible view and totally worth the walk. There’s also loads of old shipping containers that are covered in colourful graffiti, which is another thing Bristol is best known for and makes our city so unique.
Hope you’re all staying safe, healthy and looking after one another 😊