Tim Mowl

Tim Mowl: Walk One

Bristol Explored: A Sixties Landscape

May/
Mon 04 May 2015

Starts Avon Gorge Hotel

Tim Mowl: Walk One

Bristol Explored: A Sixties Landscape

Tim Mowl
Mon 04 May 2015,

Starts Avon Gorge Hotel

This walk is part urban, part suburban and, at times, evocatively sylvan. The route starts with the surviving fragments of a once celebrated, though never very fashionable, Georgian spa and then follows a forgotten, almost lost, urban park. The route threads, quite literally, up, down, under and amongst the complex of roads that fly over the Avon and the New Cut. It traverses a disused railway line, dives down into crystalline-walled subways and extends underneath cathedral-like naves, supported by massive cylindrical concrete columns, to open out at Ashton Gate into a spacious meadow. The pedestrian route was the solution to landscape architect Sylvia Crowe’s dilemma of ‘how to reconcile the human and organic scale with that of the machine’ and, although many sections are either decaying or derelict, her vision still shines through.

Tim Mowl will lead three walks featured in his new book, Bristol Explored – Twelve Architectural Walks. On each walk, Tim will explore various issues, both past and present, around the concept of a ‘green city’. He will show walkers a range of good, bad and ugly examples of how housing, roads, parks and street art can influence the culture and environment of a thriving city.

 

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