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 takes place on Saturday October 21st.

Click here for the church website:

and Facebook page:

and here for a first hand account :

Photo by brokentaco.

View larger map