We must have walked 8 miles or more today, but it was worth the walk. We left our Bristol flat around 9:15 this morning and didn’t return until after 5:00. The weather was perfect: sunshine with a few clouds, but dry! Our goal was the Clifton Suspension Bridge designed by Isambard Brunel. Construction begun on the bridge in 1831, but was halted in 1843 due to lack of money. Sounds like many construction projects in 2011. Brunel died before his bridge was completed, but it was finally opened in 1864 and became the longest suspension bridge in the world.
The bridge spans more than 702 feet and is 245 feet above the river Avon when it is at high water. The bridge is a toll bridge costing 50 p for each trip. The money is needed as the bridge is undergoing restoration now, as can be seen with the huge scaffolding at one end. The work will go on for 7 years!
We spent a lot of time there and will share more bridge photos later, but I wanted first to share photos of what we saw on the way there. We walked along the floating harbor. A lot of the buildings were destroyed during WWII when Bristol was a very prosperous and important port. So there are many new buildings set among the old.
Enjoy our walk there through pictures. Tomorrow I’ll share more from the bridge and our walk back into the city center.