Leigh Woods

Visitor information

A woodland haven on the outskirts of Bristol

Leigh Woods is located to the south west of Bristol, just over the Clifton suspension bridge. On the edge of the vibrant city, the forest is an unexpected sanctuary from the urban hustle and bustle.

Leigh Woods boasts a unique ecology thanks to its position on the edge of the Avon Gorge and its Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The forest is crisscrossed by a network of tracks that guide visitors past a variety of habitats, including high forest, coppice, and even an arboretum that was once part of the Leigh Court Estate.

As you enter the car park, slow down to admire the avenue of copper beech trees, planted to commemorate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.

At a glance

Help us prevent forest fires. Never light a BBQ, fire, or stove in the forest.
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Please keep dogs in sight and on main paths to help protect sensitive wildlife.
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Food and drink

tea and coffee enjoyed at a forest cafe

Grab a coffee

The Leigh Woods Coffee Co. are on site every weekend and during school holidays, serving a range of delicious hot drinks and snacks.

Things to do

Enjoy a tasty treat in the forest at one of our beautiful picnic areas, just bring along good food and company!

There are picnic tables in the car park and dotted throughout the wood.

To prevent forest fires, never light a BBQ, fire, or stove in the forest.

Escape the city centre with a walk at Leigh Woods. The trails will take you into the heart of the forest, where you can find a variety of woodland habitats and stunning views over the Avon Gorge.

Leigh Woods is well connected for cycling and we're proud to work closely with charity, Ride Bristol, to support local cycling.


Leigh Woods can be accessed from Route 41 along the River Avon tow path. Explore Leigh Woods on our network of forest roads. Please be considerate of other forest visitors.

Yer Tiz trail

This blue grade mountain bike trail features berms (banked corners), rollers (bumps), and drops and climbs. Yer Tiz is suitable for beginners who have mastered the basics of off road cycling. For more experience riders, there are opportunities to challenge yourself with optional red grade sections and the Keener Skills loop.

Please ride cautiously, giving way to other woodland users where the trail crosses paths.  Expect to meet other people enjoying the woods, including walkers, dog walkers and children. Helmets must always be worn when riding.

Coaching area

Leigh woods has a purpose built coaching area close to the car park that is suitable for teaching a range of skills for all ages and abilities.

Nearby forests

Chimney reflected in pond

Visit East Harptree to see the historical Smitham Chimney, a relic of Mendip's industrial past. The Cornish-style chimney survived when the site closed in 1875 and was saved from complete destruction in 1973 by The Mendip Society and Somerset County Council.

In front of the Chimney there is a pond where you can see dragonflies in the summer months. There are also fine views of the Chew Valley from the grassland area nearby.

Child looking at redwood needles autumn Bedgebury National Pinetum

Ashton Hill offers 148 acres of mixed woodland for you to explore, including a magnificent stand of Californian Redwoods (Sequoia).

Formally part of the nearby Tyntesfield Estate in Wraxall, many of the larger trees in the woodland date back to the 19th century.


A path running between autumnal trees

Renowned for its nightjar and long-eared owl populations, there is no shortage of wildlife to see if you enjoy bird watching.

There is a medium sized car park, a small number of picnic benches, and a range of tracks to explore.

Conifer tree trunks looking up

Located on the outskirts of Bristol, escape the hustle and bustle of the city centre with a visit to Wraxall Piece. 

Enjoy a pleasant woodland stroll or leisurely dog walk in this peaceful woodland. 



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