What we're about

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A Walk in the Past is a friendly group where regulars and newcomers are always welcome. Our aim is to combine a good walk with pleasant company in historic landscapes.
My name is Steve Mynard and I lead journeys of exploration and discovery into the landscapes of our past. I set up A Walk in the Past to give me an opportunity to share my passion for walking and for history with like minded people. I have lived in the West Country for nearly forty years since moving here from Essex in 1982. During that time I have wandered all over Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Dorset and Somerset as well as the Bristol and Bath area and further afield into South Wales and the Southwest Peninsular. There is just so much history around here! I really enjoy the research that goes into each of my walks.
I am a qualified Lowland Walk Leader with the national organisation Mountain Training. I am also a qualified Outdoor First Aid Provider. 
Since we started out in October 2016 I have put on over 300 events and the feedback is pretty good! People who join A Walk in the Past like a good walk with interesting people and they like learning more about the history of our region. We always stop off somewhere for refreshments.  
Our walks are between three and six miles in length and of varying levels of challenge, but generally the term 'amble' covers most of them. 
A set of historical notes is sent out after each walk. 
Come along and meet us. New members are always most welcome.

Upcoming events (3)

Rebellious Bristol (SOLD OUT)

Cafe Revival

£10.00

This event is now FULLY BOOKED.

A Walk in the Past is a friendly group where regulars and newcomers are always welcome. Our aim is to combine a good walk with pleasant company in historic landscapes.

Bristol has always been a rebellious city – and it still is.

We have often mentioned the Great Reform Act Riot as we have been passing through Queen Square. Now it is time to explore this important part of the Story of Bristol in greater detail.

We will also hear of the Bristol Bridge Riot of 1793, when one report stated that Bristol was ‘apt to collect mobs on the slightest occasions’. This protest over tolls turned into one of the worst massacres in eighteenth century England will eleven people killed.

In the 1930s Old Market saw protests against high levels of unemployment and this led to rioting.

There was a riot in Park Street in 1944 when Black American GIs protested against segregation. The term GI means General Issue. It was a term that American soldiers applied sarcastically to themselves as they saw themselves as mass-produced disposable products.

Our tour will consider other aspects of Rebellious Bristol: When Kingswood Colliers marched on Bristol to protest against the price of bread in 1709 and the Bus Boycott of 1963 when Bristol Omnibus Company refused to employ Black or Asian crews.

A set of written notes will be emailed out to walkers after this event. This will allow you to hold on to what you have picked up from our exploration of Rebellious Bristol.

Addicted Bristol: Fags and Booze, Coffee and All Things Sweet (SOLD OUT)

Cafe Revival

£10.00

This event is now FULLY BOOKED.

A Walk in the Past is a friendly group where regulars and newcomers are always welcome. Our aim is to combine a good walk with pleasant company in historic landscapes.

How is your January detox going? To help you in your efforts our walk today offers insights into addiction through the centuries!

Tobacco is surely the big one when it comes to drug use! As we tour Bedminster we will hear the story of the Wills family and how they became Imperial Tobacco. We will visit sites that remind us just how central the role of ‘coffin nails’ were to the prosperity of the city.

Moving on to alcohol we meet the Harvey family and discover the origins of their Bristol Cream.

Sugar is next on our list of addictions and we will consider aspects of the maritime history of what was once Britain’s second port. We will acknowledge the place of the slave trade in Bristol’s past.

Joseph Fry patented a method of grinding cocoa beans in 1795 and in 1847 Fry’s launched the first modern day chocolate bar. We will identify the site of Fry’s first factory and hear the story of how takeover after takeover has left us with a rather bland and homogenised chocolate industry. We will also hear of valiant attempts to reverse this trend.

The story of coffee will be explored and the role it played in the day-to-day business of Bristol’s eighteenth century shipping merchants. We will also discover the radical place of coffee in the emergence of newspaper reading and our modern media industry.

In an attempt to get us all back on track before the end of our walk we will examine the efforts of the various temperance societies that emerged in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. These aimed to keep the working people of Bristol on the straight and narrow.

Discover Ross-on-Wye (SOLD OUT)

Ross-On-Wye

£10.00

This event is now FULLY BOOKED.

A Walk in the Past is a friendly group where regulars and newcomers are always welcome. Our aim is to combine a good walk with pleasant company in historic landscapes.

One of our aims for 2022 is to go further afield. Ross-on-Wye is just over an hour from central Bristol by car, but a visit to this border town feels like a rather special day trip. And we haven't been there before.

We will explore the town itself with its fine red sandstone Market House, seventeenth century timber framed buildings and eighteenth century merchants' houses.

We will hear of the Man of Ross, John Kyrle, and the impact he had on his home town. We will enjoy fine views across the Wye Valley from one of Kyrle’s creations, The Prospect.

We will learn of the terrible loss in the Plague Year of 1637. We will discover wool warehouses and almshouses.

We will venture beyond the town on a short countryside walk taking in the River Wye or local wooden hillsides depending on the conditions underfoot.

A set of written notes will be emailed out to walkers after this event. This will allow you to hold on to what you have picked up from our exploration of the Herefordshire market town of Ross-on-Wye.

If you would like to lift share from Bristol or Bath for this event, please use the comment board below to facilitate this.

Past events (342)

Let's Explore Cheddar: Town and Gorge (SOLD OUT)

Cliff St Car Park

£10.00

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