As Bristol is a great mix of both city and country living, there are a large number of places to walk your dogs in the countryside. I’ll be writing about each of these as I discover them, with the first to be Leigh Woods near Clifton.
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!
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.
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.
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 Things To Know
Here’s a few pointers to know ahead of your visit to Leigh Woods:
- Visit in mid-April to end of May to see seas of bluebells in full bloom
- Park for free at the Forestry Commission car park along the A369 (head to postcode: BS8 3QB)
- Pop to the cafe, Leigh Woods Coffee Co., for great coffee and a truly dog friendly cafe!
- Learn more about Leigh Woods on the National Trust website
Enjoy your visit! I’m certain both you and your precious pooch will love walking around these woods!
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