Leigh Woods woodland wander

Walking trail

This walk passes our natural play area and runs through beautiful woodland with rare and veteran trees as well as grassland. Stokeleigh Camp hill fort is perched on the edge of the Avon Gorge; there are dramatic views along the river here. See if you can spot the North Devon cows that graze the area during the summer.

Bristol whitebeam with the Clifton suspension bridge behind


Map route for Leigh Woods Gorgeous Woodland Wander


North Road entrance, grid ref: ST555730


There's a site map at the North Road entrance. Go through the kissing gate and up the sunken track straight ahead.

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The Avon Gorge showing the Clifton suspension bridge and balloons


This brings you out onto an open grassy area. Cross this, sticking to the right hand side. You'll walk past a line of rare whitebeam trees.

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Wilmotts whitebeam in Leigh Woods


Just past these trees take the small path that runs along the top of the valley and straight on to another grassy area.


Ahead of you are the ramparts of Stokeleigh Camp, an Iron Age hill fort. Follow the narrow rocky path through these; take care if wet as it may be slippery.

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The middle rampart of Stokeleigh iron age hill fort


Once through the rampart, follow the grassy path straight ahead for 218yd (200m) to the viewpoint.

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A group of visitors on a sunny day overlooking Bristol Suspension Bridge from Leigh Woods


Turn left and follow the path along the gorge side for 328yd (300m), back through the ramparts and past a fenced pond.


Turn left on to the Purple Trail, where you can see the dramatic sweep of the ramparts and Centenary bench on your left.

The centenary bench in Leigh Woods


Turn right and follow the Purple Trail to the stone wall.


When you reach the parish wall leave the Purple Trail and turn left following the stone wall. Go straight through the gate after 218yd (200m) and join the Blue Trail.


Follow the Blue Trail straight ahead. Once you reach the ancient yew that grows in the line of the wall, the path should curve away from the wall.

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Yew tree growing in the middle of the Parish wall


After yards 65yd (60m) you'll pass the entrance to the Natural Play area on your right.


Carry on past a single storey wooden building to the National Trust office, where you can pick up a site leaflet. Follow the gravel road and look out for the blue topped waymarker on the left after 76yd (70m).

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Sofa carved out of wood


Follow the Blue Trail back down hill to the start.


We hope that you really enjoyed this one-mile walk. The National Trust looks after some of the most spectacular areas of countryside for the enjoyment of all. We need your support to help us continue our work to cherish the countryside and provide access to our beautiful and refreshing landscapes. To find out more about how you too can help our work as a volunteer, member or donor please go to www.nationaltrust.org.uk


North Road entrance, grid ref: ST555730

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Leigh Woods woodland wander


This is a circular walk with a mix of surfaced paths and grass. There may be a few muddy sections in wet weather. A couple of uneven rocky sections can be slippery when wet. Dogs are welcome but keep a close eye on them, and look out for signs that will let you know if cows are on site.

Leigh Woods woodland wander

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Leigh Woods woodland wander

How to get here

Leigh Woods National Nature Reserve, Bristol BS8 3PL
By train

Clifton Down, 1.6 miles (2.6km); Bristol Temple Meads, 2.8 miles

By road

2 miles (3.2km) south-west of Bristol. North Road runs from A369, Bristol Portishead road to Bridge Road near Clifton Suspension bridge. Roadside parking on North Road near entrance to wood

By bus

Bristol Portishead 357, 358 and 359, run along A369. Nearest stop is 110yd (100m) from start of North Road and a 10 minute walk from start

Leigh Woods woodland wander

Facilities and access

  • Grade of walk: Trainer (all rounder)
  • Type of walk: 'Flora & Fauna'