- Talk to me about life in and around Bristol.
I spent two years there with work. Lived in Willsbridge, just north of Keynsham. Very handy for Bath and Bristol and the M4.Posted 5 years ago
Liked it a lot and but for a loss in the family my wife and I would probably have put down roots and settled there.
Sister now lives in a small village to the north of Bath having come from Enfield and loves it. That is very expensive tho.aka_GiloMember
Great place to live. Surrounded by great countryside and the mtbing and road riding is superb. Lovely city, got it’s rough areas like anywhere and bike theft can be a problem (seems mainly down to riders being followed home after a ride), but overall I highly recommend it.Posted 5 years agoclubberMember
my wife and I moved here because it’s a fantastic place to live. It has the good things you get in a city without most/many of the negatives you get from the bigger ones.
There’s loads to do, it’s green, has a generally.friendly feel and it’s a fantastic place to be a cyclist. Good trails and road biking very local with tons more a bit further afield.
I can’t see.myself living anywhere else through choice.
Watch out for dodgy neighbours like aka_gilo though 😉Posted 5 years agotransappMember
I live in Bath and completely love it. If you’re into nightclubs every weekend, it’ll be shite, but other than that it has everything going for it. Lots of riding from within site of the city centre (I can do a 20 mile, 3000ft ride from my door) good food places, pubs and shops, no really rough areas (not compared to larger cities), although houses are freakin expensive, and a pretty nice vibe as long as you don’t object to middle class wannabees! Somehow it’s become a bit of a hen and stag target, but I still don’t know why.Posted 5 years ago
If you ever fancy a wander about, message me and I’ll be happy to oblige
As title really.Posted 5 years ago
I might have the opportunity to move that way in a work related way and was just interested in a bit of a warts an’ all feedback.
I’m open to other areas and my knowledge to that part of the world is limited. Access to Swindon might be a good idea, so happy to look at somewhere to the east of Bristol.
Probably my favourite city. I went to uni there and quite a few of my mates stuck around. Brilliant riding in the city and nearby. Rowberrow is awesome!
Cracking pubs, nightlife and generally all you could ever want. I live over in WA now and miss the place. Would probably move back if I could find a decent job.Posted 5 years agoPhilbyMember
Bristol is a great city to live and ride in. It’s quite an attractive city (Suspension Bridge, Harbour etc.) with lots of great restaurants and bars. Unlike many of the UK’s other larger cities it seems quite compact and you can be out in the countryside in less than half an hour from most areas. Lots of things like festivals going on, and its got well-developed ‘alternative’ and ‘green’ scenes as well. Theatre buffs and film fans (especially fans of independent films) are well catered for.
For road riding there’s some great routes going south to the Mendips. west over the Bridge into Wales and Forest of Dean and north around South Gloucestershire and the bottom of the Cotswolds, and west around Wiltshire and Bath. For mountain biking there’s trails across the Suspension Bridge in Ashton Court and Leigh Woods, and the mountain bike meccas of the Mendips, Quantocks, Forest of Dean and South Wales trail centres are an easy car ride away. There’s also loads of bike paths (its the HQ of Sustrans).
Depending where you live its relatively easy to commute to Swindon – I know lots of people who do (which has the additional benefit of not having to live in Swindon).
What are the negatives?
Traffic can be horrendous and parking in many places is awful. Public transport isn’t great and is expensive. House prices can be very expensive in the more sought after areas. Bike theft seems to be endemic. The city centre can be a bit grim with drunks at the weekend (there again which centre doesn’t suffer from this). Secondary education in state schools has been very poor overall, though many of the underperforming schools seem to have become academies in the last couple of years, and there is also a disproportionate number of public schools.Posted 5 years agoStonerSubscriber
The only UK city mrs S and I would consider living in now.
We’re not far away, only about an hour, so I go fairly regularly and love it.
I might have a visit here, the national build store while I’m down. Is it worth it?
It’s interesting but I didnt really apply any of the materials on show to my build, but it was useful to know they existed.Posted 5 years ago
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