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

Thank you for your patience while we have been working in the forest. We are now reinstating the walking trails.
03/05/2024 02:00
Help us prevent forest fires. Never light a BBQ, fire, or stove in the forest.
08/02/2024 09:00
Please keep dogs in sight and on main paths to help protect sensitive wildlife.
31/10/2022 09:00

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...

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...

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...

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