Route Plan - Harbour Loop

Harbour Loop, Bristol BS1 6TY

Guide Last Updated: 21/03/2017

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Access Guide

  • The Harbour Loop is approximately a 2.5 mile walk around Bristol Harbour.

  • Turn right along the harbour walk from the SS Great Britain Public Car Park.

  • The car park has Blue Badge marked bays.

  • The car park is pay & display with reduced rates for SS Great Britain visitors.

  • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders for up to 5 hours.

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  • This is an even concrete and block paved walk.

  • The walk has seating available at the water's edge.

  • The walk leads to Princes Wharf.

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  • On Prince's Wharf there is a level concrete surface where you have to repeatedly move over exposed crane tracks.

  • This part of the walk leads to and passes the M Shed.

  • Alternatively follow the cycle path here to avoid the crane tracks.

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  • This stage of the walk currently has works being carried out on the Wapping Road bridge.

  • The bridge is closed with a very steep temporary ramp over the works.

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  • Enter onto Pero's bridge.

  • Entry is between the 120cm wide bollards.

  • The approach is cobbled block paving.

  • Continue over the concrete surfaced bridge, which has handrails on both sides.

  • At the far end of the bridge there is a 2cm gap onto the concourse and then a 20cm rain gulley.

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  • Turn left along the even paved quayside.

  • There is a cobbled surface and a barrier next to the watersedge.

  • On the right is Millennium Square.

  • Continue forward to the even tarmac Hanover Quay.

  • The surface here has spaced cobbled strips interrupting the tarmac.

  • There is a steep slope down to the even block paved amphitheatre and a steep slope up at the end of the amphitheatre.

  • Continue the quayside walk along the chipping effect tarmac with the rumble cobble strips.

  • There are seats and a barrier along the watersedge.

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  • Take a right turn onto Cathedral Walk.

  • Cathedral Walk is a minimum 3m wide block paved path with an easy slope.

  • Take a left turn onto Canons Way.

  • Canons Way is a block paved pavement.

  • Take a left turn onto Anchor Road.

  • Anchor Road is an even block paved pavement.

  • At the time of survey part of the pavement on both Canon's Way and Anchor Road were closed for building works forcing users on to the roadway.

  • Take another left on to Lime Kiln Road.

  • Lime Kiln Road is a block paved pavement with a slight fall to the roadway.

  • Lime Kiln Road passes over 2 easy slopes at 2 dropped kerbs.

  • Take a left turn on to Gas works Lane.

  • Gas works Lane is a cobbled lane with a block paved easy slope.

  • Access to Gas Works Lane is reduced to 90cm due to upright bollards at the junction with Lime Kiln Road.

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  • The walk is signposted past the end of Cathedral Walk and forward onto a long gentle sloping path towards Porto Quay. At the bottom of the path there is access to the gently sloping Millennium Promenade which rejoins Canons Way and Cathedral Walk.

  • On Porto Quay there are a number of shops and restaurants. Follow the curve of the harbour to the left and there is a flight of steps up to the Gas Ferry North Quay and Gasworks Lane. There are 15+ steps with handrails on both sides. The steps have no contrast edges and are of medium depth.

  • Alongside the steps is a platform lift, open for public use. The door of the lift is 89cm wide and the platform is 108cm wide by 146cm deep. There are separate entrance and exit doors and the controls are with easy reach. The controls have Braille and tactile markings. There is no voice or visual level display.

  • On exiting the lift turn right and continue along Gas Ferry Wharf to Mardyke.

  • If the lift is out of action (it is outdoors in a public place), it is about 40m to the Millennium Promenade which joins the section of the route avoiding steps.

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  • Here is the uneven tarmac Porto Quay.

  • The quay has a waterside barrier.

  • Forward onto the level concrete before climbing the concrete steep slope to the tree lined walk.

  • Seating is available on the block paved walkway with rumble cobble strips and a viewing area.

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  • At this point there are 20 medium steps down.

  • The steps are medium, not well marked and have handrails both sides.

  • The steps lead to Poole's Wharf Marina.

  • There is a ramp from Porto Wharf, 160cm wide with handrails on both sides.

  • The ramp overcomes the steps to Poole's Wharf Marina.

  • There are 15+ medium, not well marked steps with handrails on both sides up to Mardyke Wharf.

  • At the time of survey 2 enclosed platform lifts were in the process of being installed.

  • The lifts will overcome the steps.

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  • There is an even straight small block paved walk with a barrier on the waterside.

  • A moderate slope up to the roadway and along the tree lined pavement slightly sloping towards the water.

  • Continue through the Markyard Pay & Display Public Car Park which has 145cm wide bollards at each end.

  • Continue past the car park down a steep slope and a quick left and right turn onto Poole Wharf.

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  • The surface here is part block paved and part rubberised Tarmac.

  • There is a barrier and seating along the water's edge.

  • There is a moderate slope to the wooden boarded swing bridge.

  • There is a steep slope down from the bridge to a tarmac with cobble rumble strips quayside walkway.

  • Continue through the lock pathway, the path narrowing to a minimum of 155cm.

  • Continue past the lock on a short concrete surface travelling over a number of manhole covers.

  • Forward onto an even tarmac walk through the Pump House Car Park.

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  • Turn left from the car park onto the tarmac pavement.

  • Forward onto the asphalt bridge over a 4cm gap.

  • Exit the bridge via an uneven, tarmac, easy sloped dropped kerb.

  • Cross the tarmac Nova Scotia Place roadway.

  • Up the uneven broken paved easy sloped dropped kerb to the Tarmac pavement.

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  • Turn left to enter the Underfall Boatyard.

  • Down a moderate tarmac slope.

  • Follow the uneven tarmac pathway crossing an 80cm wide wooden, 20cm wide drainage channel and traffic calming ramp.

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  • Forward to the Baltic Wharf walkway from the Underfall Boatyard.

  • Baltic Wharf is a block paved, even walkway with seating leading around the marina.

  • At the end of the walkway you pass between 125cm wide bollards.

  • There is a steep concrete slope leading to a moderate tarmac slope.

  • At the top of the slopes is a 97cm wide gap between bollards.

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  • Here is the Baltic Wharf Public Car Park.

  • Here are the Baltic Wharf public toilets.

  • Follow the tarmac road leading to the steep sloped Albion Dock.

  • Turn left through 138cm wide bollards into an alley leading to Gas Ferry Road.

  • At the bottom of Gas Ferry Road is Brunel Square.

  • SS Great Britain and car park are off Brunel Square.

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