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