I recently took a couple of trips to Brandon Hill, a city centre park where the animals are as friendly as those in Disney films (although not as talkative).
The views of the city are beautiful.
The paths are winding and lead to mysterious places.
No one bats an eyelid at the sight of a landlocked mermaid. This is Bristol, after all.
Overlooking it all is the imposing Victorian viewing tower, Cabot Tower. It rises up through the trees like some kind of fairytale castle. I can quite imagine Rapunzel appearing on one of the balconies to let down her hair.
I first came to this park on a school trip to eat my sandwiches, and I thought it was some kind of magical place with all the ponds and twisty trees and paths. I still love to come here to have a picnic, follow all the paths around, climb the tower, and walk through the wonderful nature area managed by Avon Wildlife Trust.