Bristol St Mary Redcliffe Pipe Walk

Where: Bristol, Somerset at from St Barnabas' Church on Daventry Road at Knowle to St Mary Redcliffe Church
When: Saturday in late October
Time: 9.30am


St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol

With a history stretching back over 8oo years, this is one of the longest established customs in the calendar. Back in the twelfth century Robert de Berkeley donated a water supply and conduit to the church and during the annual walk this is inspected for faults and to make sure it is still flowing in a ceremony very like beating the bounds (see separate articles). The walk is about 2 miles long and begins outside St Barnabas’ Church at Knowle, taking a route through allotments and gardens and past a water-maze to the church at St Mary Redcliffe for refreshments.

Helpful Hints

First-timers on the walk are bumped on a stone partway through the walk – you have been warned!! Coffee is served from  before the walk begins – the walk finishes around 12.30.

Look out for Sir Robert’s tomb in the North Transept at St Mary Redcliffe.

In 2017 it took place on Saturday October 21st- 2018 date is yet to be announced.

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