You needn’t have to be a Londoner to have seen your fair share of maps, but this brand new map has been inspired by the well-known London Underground map, as part of a series known as the Greenground map, that we think you’ll particularly like. The Bristol Greenground map is the third map of the series, following London and Edinburgh, which marks out interesting routes in the city that allow you to see more of nature.
The map offers a more sustainable route when visiting green spaces in the city and is perfect if you’re looking to get some fresh air. Designed by Helen Ilus, the ‘green lines’ represent the connections between parks which you can either access on foot or by bike. The nature-loving map has 10 lines outlining the city’s waterways, including the River Avon, Frome and Hazel Trym, and local outdoor spaces nearby.
Not only does the map show you the parks and open spaces in Bristol, totalling to 250, but it also shows the walking distances between parks, plus it plots ferry piers, kayaking and swimming spots as well as places for bird watching and viewpoints. The Greenground map includes iconic, Bristol viewpoints such as Ashton Court Estate and Clifton Suspension Bridge, as well as slightly lesser-known ones like Dundry Hill and Blaise Castle Estate on the outskirts of the city.
And if you’re lacking in local walking inspo, the designer has even gone as far as creating a whole line dedicated to Bristol’s street art, which appears to be a loop around the city centre. The designer marked the Upfest festival location on North Street, which features murals such as One Love Coral Reef by Louis Masai or Cheeky Seagull near the Greville Smyth Park. Park murals also include Ollie Gillard’s nature murals in the Redcatch Park, a new St George Park mural and Eurasian Lynx by ATM near King’s Square.
The map extends quite a way from Bristol city centre as it stretches as far west as Portishead, as far north as Wild Place Project, as far east as Wick and as far south as Dundry. There is also a line dedicated to following the Bristol and Bath railway path, known as Railway on the Greenground map, which takes you all the way to the city of Bath either whether you’re walking or cycling. Plus, there is the Woody Line in the West of Bristol, which covers the leafiest areas – Leigh Woods and Ashton Court as well as some of the nature reserves further out of the city.
As a UWE Bristol graduate in animation, Helen Ilus said on her website: “Working on this map was an opportunity to take a walk down to memory lane, as I walked and cycled all over and up & down Bristol during my MA. I remember long walks to Bower Ashton from Bedminster on weekends and crossing the misty Avon on the bike on my way to work in the mornings.”