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Explore Leigh Woods
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Woodland trails in Leigh Woods. Forest of DeanA very popular wood on the outskirts of Bristol consisting of mixed broadleaves and open coppice areas. There are views over the Avon gorge.

Accessed via an avenue of copper beech trees, planted to commemorate the Queen's Coronation in 1953, the medium sized car park is the ideal place for starting off on a walk in these woods. There are a number of picnic tables.

Leigh Woods Coffee Co.

New to Leigh woods, the Leigh Woods Coffee Co. are now on site every weekend and school holidays, serving a range of delicious hot drinks and snacks. For more details visit their facebook page

My Green World- Learning at Leigh Woods

Cardinham Forest SchoolOutdoor learning specialists, My Green World run a range of sessions from their base in Leigh Woods including school visits, family fun sessions, toddler activites and much more.  Visit their website for more information and to book sessions or find them on Facebook.

Pedal Progression- MTB skills coaching at Leigh Woods

Hoping to Inspire, excite and develop mountain biking, 'Pedal Progression' have a purpose built coaching area within Leigh woods. From here, they are able to design the perfect session for you, your group or family. Their expert coaches have years of experience in teaching a range of skills for all ages and abilities. For more information visit their website or find them on facebook.

Walking Trails 

There are two waymarked forest trails that leave from the car park. The easy Purple trail and the moderate Red trailParadise Bottom is also a great place for walking for those wanting to get off of the beaten track.  

Singletrack mountain biking trail

Set within the woods is the 2.2 mile single track Yer Tiz mountain bike trail.

Wildlife

The variety of woods, glades and wide sunny paths encourage a richness of wildlife and special plants including Bristol rock cress and Bristol onion.

Stokeleigh Camp, an Iron Age hill-fort, was built around 300BC. Finds of Neolithic arrow-heads and axe-heads show that hunting existed here long before the Iron Age. Some of these arrow-heads are on display at the Ashton Court Visitor Centre.

Download a leaflet of Leigh Woods. The National Trust own part of the Woodland.

Parking facilities at Leigh Woods are free of charge.

What do other visitors say?

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ThWent for a walk through Leigh Woods and Paradise Bottom last week-end - lovely! Just the right timing for an autumn walk, to enjoy the colours and all those leaves! We began by walking along the river and wondered what the paint code meant - we spotted several plants, both small and large, singled out for an orange-and-blue tag. We were puzzled by the complexity of this tagging - what does it mean and why go to the trouble of marking the plants with orange AND blue paint - do explain!

Another question: years ago, I remember walking through Leigh Woods and coming across a half-finished bulding, made from naturally occuring local timber. It was, I think, about the size of a modern house and when I saw it, was half way through having the roof completed with what looked like oak shingles - is it still there, or has it been dismantled? Was it ever finished, and what was it for? Do tell!!

Thanks for your hard work :-)

Simon from Easton, 12/Nov/2016

It is lovely to hear that you had such a nice walk in Leigh woods. I am afraid we do not know exactly what the different coloured tags represent. We are supporting research by bristol university, looking at the colonistation of pollinating plants in different forest situations. The building you refer to sounds like it could be our Greenwood shelter. This was indeed completed and can still be found in the woods. To reach it you simply follow the 'red' waymarked trail from our car park and you will come accross it. The shelter was originally built as part of a community project and is currenty being used as a base for our learning partners 'My Green World', who are running family woodland sessions, toddler sessions and educational visits for schools from there. The shelter is open to the general public the rest of the time. Please feel free to visit it.

Forestry Commission Response

I walk at Leigh Woods most weeks with my friend and our dogs. This Sunday my dog had a terrible accident whilst running downhill, into a bush in which barbwire was concealed causing serious damage to his mouth by causing his tongue to be detached on one side and laceration to his muscles to his tongue, this was horrendous and seriously upsetting. I'm guessing the barbwire was first installed and then the bush grew to concealed. It was on the main path just after the house on the left. Luckily my dog will make a full recovery but it could of been a lot worse and is a real hazard. I'm not sure why the wire would be needed in this area and ask that someone looks at it to avoid further accidents. Many thanks Laura

Laura Rodd, 14/Sep/2016

This person has been contacted individually. The fence in question is not a forestry commission fence but we are seeking to request its removal and replacement.

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Are there toilets avalable for humans?

Anonymous, 7/Jul/2016

Sadly there are no toilets in the Forestry Commission car park at present, although We have provided portable toilets for special events. The closest toilet is at the National Trust side of the wood on Valley Road.

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Last updated: 7th December 2016

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What's Here?

  • Parking
  • Picnic
  • Cycling
  • Family cycling and some singletrack.
  • Walking
  • Waymarked walking trails in Leigh Woods.
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OS Grid ref: ST553741

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