A 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.
Escape the city and experience stars in the night sky like never before when visiting Leigh Woods this winter. Download your beginner's guide to stargazing, then visit our family-friendly "Why stars matter" trail to bring the night sky to life! The trail begins at the main car park, where you'll need to follow the red walking trail. You can also join us on a fun family night walk on 25 March to celebrate Earth Hour. Booking essential.
Leigh Woods Coffee Co.
New to Leigh woods, the Leigh Woods Coffee Co. are now on site every weekend and school holidays, serving a range of delicious hot drinks and snacks. For more details visit their facebook page
My Green World- Learning at Leigh Woods
Outdoor learning specialists, My Green World run a range of sessions from their base in Leigh Woods including school visits, family fun sessions, toddler activites and much more. Visit their website for more information and to book sessions or find them on Facebook.
Pedal Progression- MTB skills coaching at Leigh Woods
Hoping to Inspire, excite and develop mountain biking, 'Pedal Progression' have a purpose built coaching area within Leigh woods. From here, they are able to design the perfect session for you, your group or family. Their expert coaches have years of experience in teaching a range of skills for all ages and abilities. For more information visit their website or find them on facebook.
There are two waymarked forest trails that leave from the car park. The easy Purple trail and the moderate Red trail. Paradise 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.
Parking facilities at Leigh Woods are free of charge.
What do other visitors say?
4 StarsSimon from Easton, 12/Nov/2016
ThWent for a walk through Leigh Woods and Paradise Bottom last week-end - lovely! Just the right timing for an autumn walk, to enjoy the colours and all those leaves! We began by walking along the river and wondered what the paint code meant - we spotted several plants, both small and large, singled out for an orange-and-blue tag. We were puzzled by the complexity of this tagging - what does it mean and why go to the trouble of marking the plants with orange AND blue paint - do explain!
Another question: years ago, I remember walking through Leigh Woods and coming across a half-finished bulding, made from naturally occuring local timber. It was, I think, about the size of a modern house and when I saw it, was half way through having the roof completed with what looked like oak shingles - is it still there, or has it been dismantled? Was it ever finished, and what was it for? Do tell!!
Thanks for your hard work :-)
Forestry Commission Response
It is lovely to hear that you had such a nice walk in Leigh woods. I am afraid we do not know exactly what the different coloured tags represent. We are supporting research by bristol university, looking at the colonistation of pollinating plants in different forest situations. The building you refer to sounds like it could be our Greenwood shelter. This was indeed completed and can still be found in the woods. To reach it you simply follow the 'red' waymarked trail from our car park and you will come accross it. The shelter was originally built as part of a community project and is currenty being used as a base for our learning partners 'My Green World', who are running family woodland sessions, toddler sessions and educational visits for schools from there. The shelter is open to the general public the rest of the time. Please feel free to visit it.
Laura Rodd, 14/Sep/2016
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
Forestry Commission Response
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.
Are there toilets avalable for humans?
Forestry Commission Response
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.