Story: Janine Alexander – Visit West

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Tell us a bit about yourself…

I’m Janine, Marketing & Content Executive at Visit West. I primarily work on the Visit Bristol channels. I’m a big foodie but also a keen walker, hiker and kayaker.

Janine with Poppy on her favourite walk

Tell us about your preferred Bristol walking route and why you love it so much.

I really enjoy walking from Failand Church and along the fields there on a bright sunny day.  It has great views towards Wales and also includes a nice stream which the dogs love to jump in. You can see a description of the walk on my Instagram.

How long have you been walking there and when did you first discover it?
I’ve been walking there for about two years – we discovered it when Abbots Pool was closed during lockdown and we wanted to find a similar circuit in that same area.

Who normally accompanies you on your walks?
My boyfriend Hal and his two red border collies: Poppy and Buddy.

At Blaise Castle folly with the collies

How do you feel when you’re out for a walk? Does it change your state of mind?
I always feel really refreshed after going on a walk.

Have you experienced any health benefits from walking

Yes – I always feel like walking clears my head and I think it’s a great way to stretch out and socialise with other people.

Do you have any particular kit you take with you when you’re walking? If so, what do you take and why?
My walking boots (to avoid getting my feet wet in puddles and mud!) and a rain jacket.

What tips would you give to anyone thinking about getting into walking?
Try and explore different areas. Some of my favourite walks have come from exploring areas in and around Bristol such as Pensford, Snuff Mills and places in the Mendips such as Rowberrow. If you don’t like walking in the countryside, or don’t have a vehicle to get there easily, there are lots of great walks that you can do in the city instead. Why not try exploring the graffiti scene in Bristol and Banksy’s artwork or join in on a walking tour?

Tue 25 April 2023
Last Updated
Wed 26 April 2023