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Avon Gorge Historic Ship Walk

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Avon Gorge Historic Ship Walk
A stones throw from the centre of Bristol is the stunning Avon Gorge. Spanning the gorge is the Clifton Suspension Bridge that was built over 150 years ago to link Clifton in Bristol with Leigh Woods in Somerset, which is where our walk starts.

This is a circular walk which we’re following in a clockwise direction – but you can go whichever way round you like!

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Leigh Woods is a nature reserve on the plateau above the gorge with varied broadleaf woodland. The views across to Bristol from here are stunning!

On weekends and during school holidays the Leigh Woods Coffee Company are on site offering refreshments and light snacks to keep you going.

Our recommendation is to take the path down to walk alongside the river so you get the iconic view looking up towards the suspension bridge. This is a fairly steep walk down and then back up again. If you’d prefer something gentler on the knees – the woodland offers a variety of paths of varying surfaces that are easier going!

Julia’s verdict: Definitely shipshape and Bristol fashion.

Carpark: Leigh Woods Forestry England Car park, Abbots Leigh, Bristol BS8 3QE

trainNearest Train (or tube) Station(s):
Bristol Temple Meads

Read the Countryside Code before venturing out
Make sure to take a map and compass, and know how to use them before going into our National Parks #BeAdventureSmart

Tips for New Walkers: click here to download (PDF).

Remember to prepare properly before heading out on any type of walk or outdoor activity. Tell people where you are going and what time you are expected back. As Wainwright says "There's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing".