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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.

Art installation - Leigh Woods 'Withdrawn' - art installation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 The boats are 'Withdrawn', an art installation by artist Luke Jerram, who creates sculptures, installations and live art projects around the world.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.


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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been there a couple of time, into my mtb and had a blast good trails for all levels, hint find the locals for the good spots

Anonymous, 2/Nov/2015
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I walk my dog here almost every day - it is one of my favourite places!

But I agree with the dog poo fairy! Is there any chance of appointing more bins?

Maybe one by each Parish wall gate and one in every parking alcove? There is hardly any litter in the wood apart from the discarded bags and Im sure people would bin it if they had a place to - humans are lazy creatures but with a bit of conditioning Im sure they would learn to clean up after their dogs!

Leigh Woods Enthusiast!, 15/Oct/2015

We are glad to hear that you enjoy Leigh woods so much. We are in the process of identifying the key problem areas within the woods and initially will increase our signsge relating to responsible dog ownership to try to address this. Some people are unaware that there are bins at all and so we will better promote their locations to the public. We have to carefully consider new bins as they are costly to install and service and are mostly suitable in locations with vehicular access for collections.

Forestry Commission Response
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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,


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
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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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