Leigh Woods are a large wooded area just to the North of Ashton Court Estate and Leigh Woods Village in North Somerset.
View from the north end of Leigh Woods looking South towards the Avon Gorge. The photo was taken from the Grotto path.
The woods are National Trust owned woodland. Two of the longer paths in the northern part run down to the old Avon Tow Path, with earth works from an Iron Age Village, Stoke Leigh at the woods Southern end.
Leigh Woods were part of Leigh Court Estate. With the old Leigh Court Mansion (built in 1814) now a conference centre at the North end of Leigh Woods. In the early 19th Century I imagine there was some competition between it and the Ashton Court Estate.
Perhaps that is still true today as Ashton Court Mansion too, is now run as a similar facility.
- Leigh Woods Walks leaflet needs adobe reader.
Note: the map shown on the link above only shows the southern end of Leigh Woods, there are more foot and some cycle paths at the northern end - leading to Paradise Bottom, the Grotto and the Avon Trail.
Bristol Docks Walk
Ashton Court Links
- Bristol Council: Ashton Court
- Bristol Connect: Plantations and Trails Map
- Bower Ashton: Aerial Views - this is a big photo.
The Avon Gorge, Brunel's Clifton Suspension Bridge across the Avon Gorge, Leigh Woods and Bristol Docks are all close neighbours and may be worth a visit too:-
The Avon Gorge
The Avon Tow Path running through the Avon Gorge now forms a part of the Avon Trail. Its also a well used footpath and cycle route, during weekends in Summer it can get busy!
From the Create Centre, Bristol BS1 6XN. Cross the river either on the busy dual carriageway (the Avon Bridge) which is shown on the map. Or cross on the rusty iron foot and cycle path (Ashton Bridge) about 150m upstream.
After crossing the river you are in Ashton Meadows. Turn right here and keep to the riverside path, walking towards the Clifton Suspension Bridge.
Clifton Suspension Bridge
The Suspension Bridge crosses the Avon Gorge joining Clifton and Leigh Woods. Designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel at the age of 24, worked started in 1831 but it was completed after his death and opened in 1864.
Reach it from the estate's Clifton Lodge entrance on the A369. From the Lodge there is a pedestrian crossing over the A369 then Bridge Road leads directly to it. Free by foot or cycle.
The bridge is about ½ a mile (less than 1km) from Clifton Lodge in Ashton Court.
Free guided tours from Easter to Ocober at 3pm on Sundays, but check their website below.
- Clifton Suspension Bridge.
- Burwall's Wood Walk - footpath from Clifton Bridge to the Avon Trail and Bristol Docks.