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Explore Paradise Bottom
(Average user rating: 3 unrated 3/5)

Pond at Paradise Bottom, Leigh Woods

Designed by 18th Century landscape designer, Humphry Repton. There are many features including the ornamental gardens, known as the 'pleasure grounds' which have been restored by the Forestry Commission with funding by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Countryside Agency.


You can sit inside 'A Seat with a View' and take in the stunning view across the Avon Gorge, find an example of the tallest tree in the world (the Giant Redwood) and see the unusual Fulham Oak which retains it's leaves all year around.

Two very old pollarded lime trees can be found by the pond which enhance the eyecatching views down the valley.

What do other visitors say?

3 Stars 3 Stars

When I was here last summer the water in the pool was deeper so I could enjoy a good swim. This year they put in an enormous outflow pipe so that the water level has dropped almost 25 cms. Water deep enough for Spaniels and Collies (just) but not good for us Retrievers. We just stir up the mud as we run along the bottom. Make it deeper, please.

Ben (Golden Retriever), 20/Jul/2013

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What's Here?

  • Arboreta
  • Parking
  • limited parking available
  • Walking
  • The Paradise Bottom trail is not waymarked, an interpretation panel with map can be found on site.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: ST615546

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West England District
0300 067 4800

Opening & Parking

limited parking available
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England's Woods and Forests are cared for by Forest Enterprise England, an agency of the Forestry Commission.