History

Iconic view of Brunels suspension bridge © Jack Kavanagh

Iconic view of Brunels suspension bridge

Discover our fascinating history

A woodland with an amazing and diverse history from medieval mythology to Iron Age dwellings, industry and differing management, Leigh Woods also offers wonderful views of the Avon gorge and Brunel's famous suspension bridge.

Follow the history of Leigh Woods' Iron Age fort

Come to Leigh Woods and explore this Iron Age hillfort. Stokeleigh Camp is the largest and best preserved of three Iron Age hillforts built to guard the approach of the River Avon. It's also a Scheduled Monument (SM).

Leigh Woods - two woodlands in one

The 200-year-old wall in Leigh Woods marks the parish boundary between the parish of Long Ashton to the south (formerly the Manor of Ashton) and the parish of Abbots Leigh (formerly the Manor and Convent of the Abbots of Leigh) to the north of the wall.

The industrial past of Leigh Woods

Whilst walking in Leigh Woods today it is hard to believe that it once had an industrial past which included quarrying, a tramway and a dock.

The Centenary Bench

commisioned in 2009 © National Trust

Covered in stunning carvings that are inspired by the history and wildlife around, it celebrates the gift of part of Leigh Woods to the National Trust by George Wills.

George Wills

Look out for breathtaking views of Clifton suspension bridge © National Trust

In 1909 George Wills gave 80 acres of Leigh Woods to the National Trust to protect the land from housing development and secure public access.

The Avon Gorge

  • The Avon Gorge in medieval mythology

    Did you know there were once giants in the Avon Gorge? Discover the story of Vincent and Goram.

  • The geology of the Avon Gorge

    The Gorge cuts through a ridge mainly of limestone, with some sandstone. The fossil shells and corals indicate that the limestone formed in shallow tropical seas in the Carboniferous, an estimated 350…

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