my walk this saturday 

on saturday I leapt out of bed like a fucking salmon, as it wasn't raining for the first time in 40 years. I got the train to patchway in north bristol & started making my way through the airbus & rolls royce works. this is kind of the epicentre of the British aerospace industry where eggheads and bullies made outstanding engines and propellers for use in the most evil goddamn barbarism.

my walk this saturday 

I then hit the river trym which squirrels it's way through Southmead- the very actual place of my birth. there's a little blue footbridge over the river which announces your arrival, where the S of SOUTHMEAD is a COOL S. (shouts to sel, shouts to my birth certificate, shouts to a design icon of the 20th century)

my walk this saturday 

the trym picks up speed and cuts a deepish little valley with a riverine wood called badocks. it's northern slope has an old field called the 'tuthill'. this name is found all over and is given to mounds with windmills on them. THIS however, is a bronze age burial mound. the track that passes it leaves the wood and turns into 'dark lane' which is a bone fide still-in-use prehistoric road.

Follow

my walk this saturday 

I then hit westbury-on-trym which is a money village full of extremely large and out of control BMW's. I had come to see a 1934 modernist house, the first in britain to do le corbusier's dom-ino system. it's completely marv. concrete & glass, big stairwell, quiet sexy little details.

my walk this saturday 

then down to stoke bishop where I hoped to see 'the all electric house', a 1930's automation of the wife experience. couldn't find it but I did enjoy the modernist villas on druid hill

my walk this saturday 

from stoke bishop to old sneed which took me to the bank of the river Avon & sea mills. This was the romano british settlement of Abona. there are foundations of buildings here.

my walk this saturday 

finally then up the limestone ridge from sea mills to kingsweston. this ridge eventually turns into a complex series of caves and dramatic formations. here it forms a bit of parkland to vanbrugh's 1719 kingsweston house, a surly baroque masterpiece all blocky and brooding with its scowling ornate bits.

my walk this saturday 

I got fucked off after this & abandoned walking the rest of the ridge. I trudged back down to the river and got the train back

my walk this saturday 

@knownrobes if you wouldn’t mind sharing or perhaps have already written about this: how do you typically plan out your walks? do you keep track of interesting landmarks and things and then when you have a large enough cluster, you map out a walk that touches all of them?

my walk this saturday 

@mood yeah! it's surprising how easily a walk makes itself once you 'pin' something interesting. like really all im doing here in topographical terms is following a small river to its estuary and back up the ridge that flanks it, but in doing so im getting this outrageous time travel smash as I move through it.

my walk this saturday 

@knownrobes very cool, thank you!

my walk this saturday 

@knownrobes I want to say "house goals" but that glass is probably single glazed so I'll just stick to admiring it from outside ❄️

Sign in to participate in the conversation
this godforsaken website

godforsaken.website is a uk-based mastodon instance boasting literally thousands of posts about bumholes and UNESCO world heritage sites