Leigh Woods and Avon Gorge

City of Bristol, England

SummaryGetting there

A varied walk through woodland and along the riverside. Easy to find and park. Close to Bristol city centre.

Distance:4.0 Miles
Est. Time:2 hrs 10 mins
Difficulty: Moderate 
OS map: Explorer sheet 155
Total Ascent:764 ft 
Total Descent: 768 ft 

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The RouteSafetyNotes


  • Woodland paths
  • Riverside views
  • Clifton suspension Bridge
  • Stokeleigh Camp ancient monument

The Route go to top

  1. Start at the main car park at Leigh Woods this is well sign-posted from the A369.
  2. Leave the car park to the north following the main tarmac road. Continue down the road past some houses on the left and past a gate in the path. Follow the road downhill until the path comes to a T-junction and turn left. A short time later you'll reach the bottom of the hill with a wood fence to your right.
  3. Cross the fence via a style and follow a path that initially runs beside stream. At this point you'll probably notice the smell of the wild garlic growing on the hillside here. Continue along this path and you'll cross under a stone bridge with the railway running above you. A short distance after this you'll meet the River Avon Trail. Turn right along this and head back towards Bristol.
  4. As you walk along the trail you'll see the Clifton Suspension Bridge in the distance. Before you reach the suspension bridge there's another crossing under the railway sign-posted to Nightingale Valley. The path here is quite steep and rocky in places. At the top of the valley as you approach a road on your left there is an intersection of ways. Take a sharp along a straight section of wide path toward Stokeleigh Camp. When the path forks shortly afterwards stay left. This should take you in front of the fort where you can see the ancient ditch and mount defences.
  5. Continue straight on past the monument until you join another path. Bare left as the path immediately splits again. Continue straight on path several crossing paths and the mountain-bike trail. At the next major cross roads in the path turn left. In 100 yards you'll be back at the car park.

Safety go to top

The path up Nightingale Valley is quite steep and can be slippery when wet.

Notes go to top

Route finding within the woods can be tricky, as there are a number of intersecting tracks running throughout.

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