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.
The car park at Leigh Woods will be closed for maintenance work on Tuesday 10th February. Limited parking is available at Paradise Bottom or in the National Trust car park.
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.
Parking facilities at Leigh Woods are free of charge.