A walk from Lockleaze over Stoke Park, down to the Frome Valley and up the other side to the Museum. Back via Wickham Glen, the Frome and Stoke Park.
Glenside Museum of the Mind is in the Church of Bristol’s first purpose built lunatic asylum. Founded in 1861 it lies off Blackberry Hill, between Snuff Mills and Fishponds and is now part of UWE. The Museum contains displays on the history of the lunatic asylum and Stoke Park (as mental institution in its own right); displays on the history of mental treatments, including a strait jacket and a padded cell, from The Asylum and has connections (of a sort) with the famous Dover family and with Stanley Spencer, the painter.
It also contains fossils from Stoke Park that Steve England, Naturalist/Horticulturist ,Stoke Park,Park Ranger has collected over the last 5 years, including fossils from a shallow sea bed from up to 175 million years ago. I'm hoping to get him to do a show & tell, whilst we are there to explain the history personally.
Important: Please Allow 15 minutes before so we can please be on time, as the Museum is only open to 12:30. This allows time to get there and see the museum then finish remainder of the walk afterwards.
Pit stop for Tea/Coffee etc at Snuff Mills cafe on the way back.
Distance approx 4 miles, steepish slopes, some mud.