After a break in 2020 due to the pandemic, Bristol Walk Fest is back for 2021. This month-long celebration of walking is running all through May but will look a little different to previous years – here’s what you can expect and how to get involved.  

Nordic walkers at Bristol Walk Fest

Image - Jesse Wild

Discover Bristol Walk Fest’s online programme

Bristol Walk Fest has adapted this year’s programme of walks to make more available online, to help you get out safely with friends and family and reconnect with the city post-lockdown.

There are nearly 100 walks showcasing the best of Bristol for people of all ages, interests and abilities. As well as the shiny new Bristol Walk Fest website, part of this online programme will be available to access through Go Jauntly, with Bristol City Countil launching 60 curated walks via the app.

Through Go Jauntly, you’ll be able to uncover walks and enjoy the outdoors all around the city, using a variety of routes that are free to download and preview. Based on your location, simple photo guides lead you around urban areas and surrounding wildlife, from green spaces to historical sites to community gardens. 

Women walking down a path surrounded by grass and trees

Image - Go Jauntly

Walking routes for 2021

Whether you’re looking for scenic green walks, routes that take in Bristol sights or a different way to learn some local history, the jam-packed Bristol Walk Fest programme is sure to inspire you to get your walking boots on. It's especially great for finding alternatives to the go-to routes you may have exhausted after a year of more local walks than ever!

Here are just a handful of highlights from the list of walking routes:

A Black History Tour in Bristol

Discover some local Black history on this wander through the Montpelier and St Pauls neighbourhoods in Bristol. 

Bristol Wanderlust Walk

A stroll through Bristol taking in some of the best Instagrammable spots in the city. Great for getting that perfect travel shot. 

Bristol Street Art Tour

Explore some of the amazing, colourful street art of Bristol. Includes pieces by Banksy and many other well-known artists. 

Bristol Highlights Tour

This walk pulls together pieces of Bristol’s 1000-year history, from Brunel and Banksy to pirates and the transatlantic slave trade.

Blood and Butchery in Bedminster

Join Show of Strength to uncover the darker history of south Bristol, including the forgotten Bedminster Bridge Murder and the extraordinary story of John Horwood, executed 200 years ago.

Find a full list of walks here.

What else is happening for Bristol Walk Fest?

The Bristol Walk Fest website also includes details on 35 fabulous and varied walking activity groups and organisations based in the city and personal walking challenge suggestions that can be done from your doorstep. There’s also a host of interesting features including Bristol’s Greenground Map and what walking has meant to Bristolians during the lockdowns. 

Group of people walking together

Image - Jeni Nott

Keep up to date with all of the festival’s activity on InstagramFacebook and Twitter and use the hashtag #BWF21 to share how you’re getting involved.

You can download the Go Jauntly app for iOS or for Android

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Bristol Walk Fest 2019

Bristol Walk Fest will return this May with a COVID-19 secure edition offering digital excursions, signposts to a variety of walking routes and activities, step-counting incentives and, it is hoped, a choice of guided and themed walks catering for all ages, interests and fitness levels.