Bristol is a bustling city, offering street art tours, to a delicious and expansive foodie scene, to interesting architecture, to fun summer festivals and year-round events... you name it - we've got it. But, Bristol is also surrounded by beautiful scenery and stunning landscapes, offering a variety of different walking and hiking trails.
This week, we're breaking down a few "must visit" locations for your next walk/hike:
- Leigh Woods - located right in the heart of Bristol, this incredible forst area offers several different hiking trails, which are suitable for all levels of walkers. Trails take you through the gorgeous woodland, open fields, and even the base of the Avon Gorge, where you can sneak a peek at the famous Suspension Bridge.
- Tyntesfield - take a stroll across a beautiful pasture, a sunken fence known as ha-ha, and two farm ponds!
- Brean Down - just a quick hop and a skip down to the Somerset coastline, and you discover one of the UK's greatest landmarks in a scenic coastal walk across Brean Down. The walk is over 92m high and extends 1.5 miles into the Bristol Channel. The area is known for its wildlife, so make sure to keep an eye out for birds, plants, and butterflies!
- Cheddar Gorge - one of England's most iconic landscapes, Cheddar Gorge is home to a diverse community of plants and wildlife. Did you know that at almost 122m deep and 3 miles long, Cheddar Gorge is England's largest gorge?
- Cadbury Camp - a 3.2km hike near Tickenham - less than 30 minutes by car - is a gentle climb. Discover the Cadbury Camp Iron Age Hill Fort, with gorgeous views of the Mendip Hills.
- Bristol South Skyline Walk - a new route, developed as part of the Bristol Green Capital 2015 celebrations. "The BSSW takes you on an exciting journey across parts of South Bristol using pavements and footpaths to lead you to places which allows you to see Bristol from a less well known perspective."
- Ashton Court Estate - this one's just about as close as it gets to our Ashton club; just on the other side of Clifton Suspension Bridge. Perfect for walkers and families, there are a couple of cafes onsite, miniature trains which run on selected dates, and lovely views back over Cabot Tower and Bristol's colourful houses. If you're lucky, you may even spot a few hot air balloons taking off in the early morning and evening!
- Prior's Wood - any bluebell fans out there? This beautiful destination is only an 18 minute drive from the city centre. Prior's Wood used to be part of Tyntesfield Estate and features ancient woodlands, streams, and plantations. Lots to see here, from deer, to red squirrels, and the occasional family-friendly dog (dogs are allowed, but must be kept on a lead).
- The Downs - spanning 440 acres, this is one of the largest green spaces in the city. Head to the ‘Sea Walls’ end for spectacular views out towards the Clifton Suspension Bridge, Leigh Woods and the Severn Estuary, before carrying on to nearby Clifton Village for a shopping/food break.
- Bath Skyline Walk - offering incredible views of Bath and the local surrounding countryside. Only a 10 minute train ride from Temple Meads, this walk is sure to please. You can wander through 6+ miles of woodlands, open fields and valleys, and meadows, all while taking in amazing views of Bath. If you're lucky, you may even encounter some local wildlife! You can complete this walk on your own, or, you can take part in a guided tour.