One of Bristol’s most breathtaking views is now broadcast live to the world via an online webcam.
A camera went live from the Underfall Yard tower to capture real-time views of the floating harbor, towards Baltic Wharf and the marina.
It was started to promote the port and attract virtual visitors from all over the world, but it also has benefits for those lucky enough to live nearby.
the direct lets people see how busy the waterfront is, which is especially helpful for anyone concerned about crowds and social distancing as the lockdown begins to ease.
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However, it only shows footfall around Cottage Landing – other commonly visited spots by the harbor, notably near the Arnolfini, the amphitheater, and the harbor entrance, are not within sight. .
Zoom in a little closer and viewers can even roughly see if there are any free tables outside the Cottage Inn, which will come in handy when pubs are allowed to reopen their beer gardens.
The 24-hour camera captures comings and goings from a distance and is not close enough to distinguish anyone’s faces or identifying features.
The footage is also available for time-lapse viewing rather than real-time, which speeds up the last 24 hours to a one-minute movie.
Since launching this weekend, it has already captured beautiful sunrises and sunsets, the plunge of seagulls, the splash of paddle boarders and boaters and a flood of distant joggers and cyclists.
“Best view in Bristol”
The Underfall Yard Trust described the view as “the best in Bristol” and said the webcam took their world view.
A trust statement read: “People all over the world can now enjoy the breathtaking views of Bristol’s historic floating harbor from Underfall Yard with just one click.
“The webcam project is part of the Trust’s larger effort to enable visitors to engage remotely with Underfall Yard and Bristol Harbor.
“In the future, it is hoped that the live stream will help promote the port as an attractive and vibrant tourist destination. “
The historic shipyard is home to a range of maritime businesses and organizations, and is now open again for people to walk around.
Underfall Cafe is also open again for take out.
The Trust is also running free live virtual tours during the lockdown, and has so far had 700 “visitors”.
Its live stream is hosted by Skyline Webcams, an Italian company specializing in providing live webcam footage from interesting and iconic sites around the world.
Neither Skyline nor Underfall keep the footage, as the time lapse is overwritten every 24 hours.