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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Art installation - Leigh Woods 'Withdrawn' - art installation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 The boats are 'Withdrawn', an art installation by artist Luke Jerram, who creates sculptures, installations and live art projects around the world.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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I visited the woods today for the first time.Loved the fantastic views and walks.There were many other walkers with dogs who did not clear up the mess made by their 7dogs.There were 2 people with 7 dogs which were allowed to use the woods as a dog toilet.

David Sutton, 22/Apr/2016

Thank you for your comments. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit and thank you for being a responsible dog owner. We are aware that not all dog owners are responsible and continue to clean up as best we can as well as educate people through signage. We will look to increase signage in areas that are a particular problem.

Forestry Commission Response

The amount of dog faeces around the car park , picnic areas and paths is disgusting/ a health hazard. I see small children on forest exploration outings in the same area. There are too many people with multiple dogs. Your current system is not working. Please oblige people to clear up and provide more bins. Or a separate starting point for dogs and a clean starting point for people with children and no dogs . Children should be able to run and fall over without getting plastered in dog mess

T. Horswell, 4/Apr/2016

We apologise if you have had an unpleasant experience. We do have a dog bin located in the car park but we will take steps to ensure that people know it is there and we will increase our signage in order to try to get more people to respect other forest users. Thank you for your comments. We hope to promote more responsible dog ownership

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5 Stars 5 Stars

I went to leigh woods as a child and went there today for the first time in years. I had a brilliant time even if it was raining heavily. I did the paradise bottom walk and climbed to the top of the gorge its nice to see the gorge from the other side for once. I would recommend leigh woods to anyone and if you have one a gps unit can cut the trip back to the car in half if you get lost or just want the most direct route home.

keith, 6/Feb/2016

Thank you for your comments- We are so glad that you enjoyed your return visit to Leigh woods. It is always nice to receive such positive messages. We hope that you will visit again soon and try out some of the different trails.

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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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