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

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.

Autumn at Leigh Woods

Autumn thumbnailsMake the most of the spectacular colours of autumn! Enjoy one of the top 10 autumn walks, or explore our fantastic autumn activity trail this season.


'Withdrawn' - art installation

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 The boats are 'Withdrawn', an art installation by artist Luke Jerram, who creates sculptures, installations and live art projects around the world.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

I walk at Leigh Woods most weeks with my friend and our dogs. This Sunday my dog had a terrible accident whilst running downhill, into a bush in which barbwire was concealed causing serious damage to his mouth by causing his tongue to be detached on one side and laceration to his muscles to his tongue, this was horrendous and seriously upsetting. I'm guessing the barbwire was first installed and then the bush grew to concealed. It was on the main path just after the house on the left. Luckily my dog will make a full recovery but it could of been a lot worse and is a real hazard. I'm not sure why the wire would be needed in this area and ask that someone looks at it to avoid further accidents. Many thanks Laura

Laura Rodd, 14/Sep/2016

This person has been contacted individually. The fence in question is not a forestry commission fence but we are seeking to request its removal and replacement.

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Are there toilets avalable for humans?

Anonymous, 7/Jul/2016

Sadly there are no toilets in the Forestry Commission car park at present, although We have provided portable toilets for special events. The closest toilet is at the National Trust side of the wood on Valley Road.

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My son and I have visited Leigh woods many times and have loved building shelters. We would also love to light a fire and cook something on it. is this possible?

Phil, 26/May/2016

Thank you for your comments. I am afraid that we do not allow fires in Leigh woods. The only people permitted to have fires are our learning providers 'My Green World' who are trained and who run family sessions at the Green barn. For more information visit

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Last updated: 14th September 2016

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  • Parking
  • Picnic
  • Cycling
  • Family cycling and some singletrack.
  • Walking
  • Waymarked walking trails in Leigh Woods.
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