The day of Bristol Doors Open Day also happened to be the date of the Tour of Britain passing through Bristol. We'd taken a trip up to Clifton on one of the wonderful vintage buses BDOD had laid on, and after watching all the cyclists flash past we decided to take advantage of Clifton Suspension Bridge being closed to motorised traffic, and walk across it.
Even though I've walked all around this area many times, and gone across the bridge by car, I'd never been on it on foot. It felt a bit strange walking on such an iconic and recognisable piece of architecture and engineering,
On the way across the bridge I was absolutely terrified- I am very scared of heights! But once I'd managed to reach the other side I relaxed a lot more, and was able to enjoy the view and the experience much more on the way back.
I even managed to snap a couple of photos of the stunning Avon Gorge as I walked back across the bridge. It's a really wonderful area, with lots of woodlands and good places for walks. There are peregrine falcons and feral goats living in the gorge, along with lots of rare species of plants.
I'm really glad we took this opportunity to cross the bridge when there was no traffic, as I'm not sure how well I would have done with cars whizzing past in addition to the height! It was worth the fear for the beautiful views of both the bridge itself and the gorge, and I really recommend talking a walk over this piece of living history if you ever visit the area. It also ticked off number 67 from my 101 in 1001 list. Oh, and we made it back to the bus stop just in time for the last vintage bus of the day!
You can find out more about Clifton Suspension Bridge here- http://www.cliftonbridge.org.uk/