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Name:Observatory Hill
Hill number:19295
Height:102m / 335ft
Parent (Ma):2869  Cleeve Hill
RHB Section:39: Central and Eastern England
County/UA:Bristol (UA)
Catchment:Avon (Bristol)
Class:Tump (100-199m)
(Tu,1)
Grid ref:ST 56555 73259
Summit feature:no feature: ground on shallow embankment near observatory
Drop:34m
Col:68m  ST587798  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 172
(1:25k) 154 155
Observations:all other ground is lower
Survey:KR 2x Hand Level
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 60 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
With Bevsimon and co08/08/2019
Third of 3 walks today courtesy of the U2 bus: Hotwells - Observatory Hill - Durdham Down - Clifton.Mark Jackson01/08/2019
A very popular spot and rightly so, superb views of the Clifton Bridge and gorge.Aye Jimmy30/06/2019
With Jules and Jill on a walk from Ashton Court over the Clifton Suspension Bridge to Observatory HillGrey Hare15/03/2019
Walk across the suspension bridgeJazDisney17/02/2019
Family visit. Parked on the road to the north. Also went into the Giant's Cave and wandered over the bridge.Herbert Anchovy12/01/2019
Simple walk up from road by start of bridge. Then walked on to the Downstrimarc217/11/2018
Walked from Durdham Down collecting bench marks on the way. Great views even on a grey day. There's a cut mark on the E side of the Observatory. I was unable to determine by Abney whether mound or bank was the highest, but both man-made.RichardM16/11/2018
Popular and pleasant spot with observatory ( benchmark by door, fee to enter) . HP on grass nearby. Good views of the impressive Clifton Suspension bridge.Denise 16/11/2018
Bank by the Observatory. It made me feel a little weird looking down on the Clifton Suspension Bridge thinking of all the people who have jumped off it.clivevilla10/10/2018
I've been here before and used to belay on the railings just below the observatory after climbing Giants Cave Buttress.Chris Peart07/10/2018
With Tony, Sophie and Nic. Been here lots of times. This time visited the camera obscura and cave. Great views of the suspension bridge.zoob14/07/2018
With Wendyijpowell13/01/2018
Home city recompleted at the age of exactly 18 months. Helped up by Pop and Grandma Singer. Am I the youngest to complete a recompletion? Grandma took 26 photos of me at the top. I know I'm photogenic but there are limits. Strange lady.Charlie Singer18/11/2017
Walked over bridge from Leigh Woods.Herbert Anchovy25/07/2017
Surveyed with hand level. I must have climbed this hill loads of times as a student in the 1970s. Galltywenallt25/06/2017
Parked on The Promenade followed by short walk to the ObervatoryRamblingpaul20/06/2017
Quiet Sunday evening ascent. Excellent views. Bristol recompletion.Bramley21/05/2017
Back bank of the observatory lawn probably The great and the good and the young and the old sunning themselves in the post Easter glowvegibagger18/04/2017
Came across Clifton Suspension bridge, so the bag cost me a quid. You'ld think they have paid for it by now.ngthack11/04/2017
Easy roadside parking nearby, first 30 mins free. popular spot in spring sun.rhalstead25/03/2017
Parked just off main road on Clifton Down (extension from Cecil Rd). 30 minutes free parking. Stunning buildings in the area and a fantastic urban summit with great views of Bristol, the Avon Gorge and Clifton Suspension Bridge. Crowds of people on the Down enjoying the spring sunshine. Bristol now has two delightful TumpsCampbell Singer25/03/2017
From Bridge Valley Road, south along Clifton Down and up to the ramparts and the high point by the towerMariana Trench24/03/2017
Parking is challenging, I ended up in Cecil RoadDC11main17/03/2017
A quick visit from work in my lunchtime to satisfy myself I had indeed visited on a number of previous occasions. Free parking in The Promenade for up to 30 mins, ticket still needed from the machine. Good views of the Suspension bridge and the Avon Gorge. Also visited the Fort Ramparts to the ENE mentioned by RHW which are slightly higher.PeterD10/03/2017
Crossed Clifton Toll Bridge and paid to park just below the Observatory: Great views of the gorge.GordonAdshead09/03/2017
Bagged before 11:00 with IainBrown after some entertaining parking.Dugswell208/03/2017
Building is probably at natural HP with highest hillfort rampart to ENE at ST 56625 73307 a little higher.RHW25/02/2017
Pleasant walk around this part of Bristol with Mrs G on a general trig and benchmark bagging day taking in this hill also, our first visit despite living not too far away for several years.jonglew12/02/2017
An excellent, but tricky to discover new TuMP which I discovered painstakigly following urban contours in Bristol which nicely rise up to over 30 metes prominance here on this cliff top lookout perched on the edge of the Avon Gorge. There is a grandstand view down onto the Clifton Suspension Bridge, where in 1979 the world’s first bungee jump took its first plummet by members of The Dangerous Sports Club (see You tube ). Bonington must have come close to summiting here as in his early days he put up new climbs on the cliffs below. Ive twice climbed on the crag –Piton Route (in Classic Climbs) but dont think I ever came the few extra steps up to the summit until this evening’s visit after a work trip to Chepstow finished mid afternoon allowing a Bristol and South Gloucestershire Tump tour. Next on the agenda was a climb up to Cabolt’s Tower which despite being 3 m higher than the map spot height is only p28.3mChris Pearson06/02/2017
Climbed up from bridge on brief visit...great viewsFergalh16/06/2016
With VickyCameron Singer10/06/2015
Climbed previously on several occasions but can't remember dates.Vicky Singer10/06/2015
Must of walked to this point over 50 times over the year. This was the occasion I logged the TP.Dusty04/04/2012
I recorded this in my diary as I was in Bristol after a few days caving in the Mendips. A nice hill with a great view, pleased it's now a Tump, at least for the time being... Recording this on 9th March 2017.DanHolme25/02/2005
I have visited this hill frequently - it is less than 2km from my home. I record my visit on this date, as I spent that day visiting other local high points in BristolDavid Purchase14/02/2004
Having climbed up Giant's Cave Buttress VS 4cSwindon Bagger29/04/2001
In Bristol on a 3 day work course. Climbed the Classic Rock tick Piton Route (VS_4 c) the limestone was polished and unnerving back then by the passage of feet on the crucial foot holds– and goodness knows what it is like now- (horrific according to some comments on ukclimbing) Seem to remember climbing the railings to walk down –but probably did not take the extra 20 steps to the summit observatory.Chris Pearson09/08/1988
First visit was in 1979, whilst visiting friends in Bristol, but no idea of exact date. This date logged as I had just started work for a company in Bristol and they put me up in the nearby St Vincent Rocks Hotel. Also a great vantage point for the annual Hot Air Balloon Festival held in August each year from near Ashton CourtPeterD03/08/1987
Date of first visit very approximate - with my parents and the Underwoods I think. Most recent visit 25 July 2017. Parked by the church in Leigh Woods and walked over the bridge.Herbert Anchovy01/06/1985
Date in March '84 is earliest for which I can find photographic evidence, but first visit would have been in autumn '73 (along with numerous other occasions in my student years).milimana24/03/1984
With:solo; Definitely went here during summer in Somerset but date is approximate.Ian Baines17/08/1974
Many visits.arranc11/04/1968
GM8111/04/2019
Chimp12/01/2019
M412/01/2019
Xan12/01/2019
Alan Caine13/08/2018
Adrian11/06/2018
amcvey09/04/2018