Sea Mills Recreation Ground is a small green space with beautiful scenery, across green fields that surround the River Trym before it flows into the River Avon.
On one side of the green are the A4 Portway arched bridge and the railway bridge that extends over the mouth of the River Trym. It is a very pretty view and you hardly notice the A4 is there! Just in front of these, is the pedestrian bridge that crosses the small River Trym into the main recreation area. The fields extend through Sea Mills north-east, making it a good area to exercise your dog. Further up, the fields are interrupted by the quiet Trym Cross Road, so keep your dog controlled whilst crossing, on the other side, the fields continue.
If you’re feeling adventurous and up for a walk, you can follow the River Trym through the woodland, across housing estates and fields, to Blaise Castle Estate. Or stroll along the River Avon on the Severn Way.
‘At the mouth of the Trym once stood the Roman port of Abona. Remains dating from the first century B.C. have been recovered. In 1712 the third “wet dock” in England, enabling ships to remain afloat at all states of the tide, was commissioned when this agricultural area was in the county of Gloucestershire.
The land was in the ownership of the Harford Family, the Blaise Estate and the Miles Family of Kingsweston House. It was the latter family whose land later became Avonmouth with its docks and who in the 20th century sold land to Bristol City Council, in April 1919, for the building of the Garden Suburb.” Homes for heroes” after the first world war. The principles for its design followed those set out in 1898 by Ebenezer Howard in “Tomorrow: a peaceful Path to Reform”.’
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