David Bathrust writes ‘[d]espite the increasingly sophisticated range of leisure pursuits and interests available to us, walking still enjoys huge popularity as a form of recreation’ and I myself cannot think of a better free time activity. Fortunately, Bristol has many beautiful parks and woods to explore and below are my favourite big green areas.
Walk, jog, have a picnic, read a book, fly a kite, play football… and yet it is rarely crowded. Amazing views of Clifton Suspension Bridge. Top of Whiteladies Road, Bristol.
Ashton Court Estate & Leigh Woods
Ashton Court: Deer and plenty of open space. Across the Suspension Bridge, follow Bridge Road.
Leigh Woods: Beautiful tree sanctuary. Across the Suspension Bridge, off North Road.
Blaise Castle Estate
Many simple and more advanced pathways, perfect for a picnic, too. Coombe Dingle, off The Dingle Road.
City Walk with beautiful river views. Steep walk down from Clifton Village (Granby Hill), walking available on both sides of the river.
A green pathway by the river with picturesque views of the village of Pill. It starts near the pub The Lamplighter’s Pub, behind the train station in Shirehampton.
Do you have any favourite parks/woods in Bristol? Please share your favourites in the comments below.
Written by Kinga Macalla