As Bristol is a great mix of both city and country living, there are a large number of great dog walks in Bristol and places where you can be in the countryside. I’ll be writing about each of these walks as I discover them, with the first to be Leigh Woods near Clifton.

Leigh Woods

Why Visit Leigh Woods?

Offering a number of different walking trails and cycle paths suiting all difficulties, ages and fitness levels, a walk through Leigh Woods ensures everyone has a great time.

As the woods are quite dense and offer plenty of cover, this is a great spot for summertime walks, as well as when it’s raining. And if you visit from mid-April to end of May, you’ll spot seas of bluebells at every turn – simply beautiful!

Leigh Woods Bluebells

It’s also one of the best spots in Bristol to view the Clifton Suspension Bridge in all its infamous glory. The only point to note here is that the main viewpoint of the bridge is sometimes slightly overgrown, which does affect the view a little – it’s often a stroke of luck on whether you’ll be able to see the bridge or not.

And with a large (free) car park, Leigh Woods promises a great morning or afternoon stroll.

Leigh Woods Walking Trails

There are two marked walking trails: the purple trail and the red trail.

At just 1.5 miles long, the purple trail only takes about 45 minutes to complete on foot. The paths are also all mostly level, so this is an ideal walk if you have pushchairs, young children or younger dogs.

Leigh Woods Dog Walk

Remember to come off the purple trail a little along the way to head to the Clifton Suspension Bridge viewpoint! It’s about 20 minutes (at a gentle stroll) from the main car park to the viewpoint.

Leigh Woods Clifton Suspension Bridge Viewpoint

Kai was very happy to see the bridge from the viewpoint today!

There’s also the red trail, which is just 0.7 miles long, and takes about 30 minutes to walk due to a few gentle slopes along the way.

You are, of course, more than welcome to veer away from the marked walking trails and into more of the woodlands, but it’s recommended you have access to a GPS or map so you don’t get too lost.

You’ll also need to ensure you keep off of the many cycle routes found in Leigh Woods – these are signposted throughout, so you’ll definitely spot them.

But if in doubt, this map from the National Trust shows you all you need to know.

Leigh Woods Bristol

Leigh Woods Things To Know

Here’s a few pointers to know ahead of your visit to Leigh Woods:

Enjoy your dog walk in Bristol! I’m certain both you and your precious pooch will love walking around these woods!

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Lovely Dog Walks in Bristol: Leigh Woods

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