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Avon Gorge historic ship walk, Bristol

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Historic Ship Walk
Clifton Suspension Bridge is the stunning backcloth to this walk on the outskirts of Bristol.

Built over 150 years ago it links Clifton in Bristol with Leigh Woods in Somerset, which is the starting point of our recommended route.

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It is just an 8-minute drive from the SS Great Britain, featured in episode 2 of Julia’s ‘Wonder of Great Britain’.

As you would expect from a nature reserve, Leigh Woods, on the plateau above Avon Gorge is an area of varied and beautiful broadleaf woodland.The views across the city are stunning along this 3.2 mile route. The woods boast a wide choice of paths with varying surfaces.

We recommend a path that follows the base of the gorge where the views of a bridge so symbolic of Bristol are truly breath-taking and all around you are surrounded by foliage and flowers providing a kaleidoscope of colours.

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

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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".