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Explore Leigh Woods
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.3/5)

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.

Art installation - Leigh Woods 'Withdrawn' - art installation

Nestled in Leigh Woods visitors might be surprised to come across a flotilla of fishing boats in the middle of the forest. The boats are 'Withdrawn', an art installation by artist Luke Jerram, who creates sculptures, installations and live art projects around the world.

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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THE POO FAIRY

Please can I ask when offerings of bags of poo are neatly littered though out the woods for you and all to see, why don't you magic them away because isn't that what you are supposed to do? Just like your friend the tooth fairy! Because otherwise why are the offerings left there, they do not rot away and stay for years in the woods spoiling our surroundings and harming our wildlife.

Oh I have the answer.

You do not EXIST unlike the tooth fairy who leaves us a reward for our offerings.

So the answer to the mess that is littering our countryside is:

If people insist on putting poo in a bag, take it home and put it in your own bin or use the bins provided.

OR another environmental way of dealing with poo is to, as the forsetry commision ask you to do with posters in the woods,

USE A STICK AND FLICK IT!

Flick it of the paths and into the undergrowth it will soon rot down as nature Intended and woods would be a beautiful place again.

Regular walker of the woods, 1/Feb/2015
4 Stars 4 Stars

This would be a fantastic setting for walking had we not have to keep catching hold of our dog in order to avoid cyclists. Despite there being a trail for the cyclists they were everywhere!

D H, 12/Oct/2014
3 Stars 3 Stars

The number of cyclists in the woods can create significant danger to themselves and others. Many cyclists assume that they can go anywhere, at any speed and that shouting will give them a right of way. The number of cyclists creating paths through wooded areas and causing damage to unmade surfaces is causing problems for other users. Clarification of where cycling is permitted and a code of conduct would be beneficial.

Paul Lyons, 12/Jan/2014

In the past, Leigh Woods had many unofficial cycle trails which were not only making the woodland extremely muddy but causing conflict with walkers. The Yer Tiz cycle trail was built in an attempt to keep cyclists to one hard stone track. Although occasionally some cyclists do stray from it, it has largely worked. We no longer get the erosion from bikes that we used to or the number of complaints from walkers. The trail was designed to slow cyclists down at crossing points and signage put up to warn walkers that cyclists would be crossing. There is a cycling code of conduct on large boards at the start of the trail which states the following: Expect the unexpected – watch out for other visitors. For your own and others’ safety always follow warning signs and advice you are given. RESPECT YOUR SURROUNDINGS: Only ride on designated trails

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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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