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Explore Leigh Woods
(Average user rating: 3 unrated 2.8/5)

Walkers using the Leigh Woods purple trail. Forest of Dean

A very popular wood on the outskirts of Bristol consisting of mixed broadleaves and open coppice areas. There are views over the Avon gorge from parts of Leigh Woods.

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 here and 2 forest trails that leave from this point.  There is also a singletrack mountain biking trail (the Yer Tiz) set within the Woods.

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.

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

What do other visitors say?

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

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

Blown away by the ability of the FC to manage such a mixed habitat (& timber forest!) alongside huge impact from recreational users like mountain biking and walkers. Good job! Its a gorgeous place right next to a massive city and I reckon you've got the balance just right!

H, 22/Nov/2012

The trails have been built taking walkers into consideration. Crossing points have been designed to slow down the cyclists.

FC Ranger, 7/Aug/2012
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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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Location

OS Grid ref: ST553741

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West England District
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01594 833057
westengland@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk
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