Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Facilities & access
Contact details

Opening hours

Car park is open from 7am to 9pm every day.  

Please note that this car park is operated by Forestry England. National Trust membership is not valid.

How to find us

How to find us

We ask that visitors travel to Leigh Woods by public transport, bike or by foot when possible. For those who need to travel by car we kindly ask that you car share.

By Bike - A link, 41, runs through the site to the National Cycle Network Route 4 along the River Avon. Bike parking is available in our car park. 

Abbots Leigh, Bristol
Sat Nav Postcode: BS83QB
By Car

Leigh Woods has a small car park with limited space. 

From the M5 take junction 19 and follow the A369 towards Bristol. After passing through Abbots Leigh you will find the site signposted on the left hand side

By Public Transport

By Bus - The following service runs past the woodland entrance: X3. X3a, X4, from Bristol to Portishead.

 

OS Grid Ref
ST553741

51.462795071191, -2.6449167465881

Parking and prices

Parking charges apply at Leigh Woods. The car park barrier is locked at 9.00pm. Please note that National Trust membership is not valid at this car park.

Pay for your parking with debit/credit card or use the RingGo app. We recommend downloading the app to your phone before you visit.

You can also use RingGo by pre-booking online or calling 0203 046 0063 with location code 31034 (cars only).

There is a small convenience charge for using this service.  See RingGo online for full terms and conditions and VAT receipts.

Leigh Woods members park for free. Buy your Membership now for £80 and simply display your pass in your vehicle without queuing for a ticket. Parking charges and memberships help us to look after Leigh Woods for everyone.

Parking Charges

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Car Parking Charges
Up to 2 hours £2.00
All day £4.00

Coaches/Minibuses charges

Charge per coach £10

Charge per minibus £6

Additional information

Regular visitors can save money by becoming a Member - Find out more about our membership offer
Number of accessible parking spaces: 0
Card payments accepted
Pay by phone available
Pay on foot system

Facilities and access

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

For more details visit their Facebook page

Assistant dogs welcome
Cafe
Dogs allowed
Easy access trail
Picnic area

Contact details

A very popular wood on the outskirts of Bristol consisting of mixed broadleaves and open coppice areas

The variety of woods, glades and wide sunny paths encourage a richness of wildlife and special plants including Bristol rock cress and Bristol onion. There are spectacular views over the Avon gorge.

Accessed via an avenue of copper beech trees, planted to commemorate the Queen's Coronation in 1953, the medium sized car park is the ideal place for starting off on a walk in these woods. There are also a number of picnic tables throughout the woodland.

At a glance

  • 2 walking trails
  • 1 cycling trail
  • Dogs welcome

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 a number of picnic tables throughout the wood.

To prevent forest fires and reduce waste, please do not bring any barbecues into our forests.

Escape the city centre with a walk at Leigh Woods. The trails will take you into the heart of the forest, where you will even be rewarded with stunning views over the Avon gorge.

Hoping to inspire, excite and develop mountain biking, 'Pedal Progression' have a purpose built coaching area within Leigh woods.

From here, they are able to design the perfect session for you, your group or family. Their expert coaches have years of experience in teaching a range of skills for all ages and abilities.

For more information or to book, please visit their website or find them on facebook.

The trail features berms (banked corners), rollers (bumps) and drops and climbs, requiring a mountain bike, suitable for both families and more experienced riders.

The trail crosses walking paths at various points, with large stones marking these exits. Please ride cautiously across, respecting and giving way to other woodland users.  Expect to meet other people enjoying the woods, including walkers, dog walkers and children.

In places the trail splits for a short distance, giving an option of a more difficult challenge in the form of the ‘difficult’ Red grade Gert Lush Trail. Narrow and technical, it is only suitable for experienced off-road cyclists. A great ‘taster’ of a Red grade trail.

The Keener Skills Loop is graded ‘moderate’ Blue along its main route and includes features such as small drops, rock gardens and rollers to progress your riding ability. Along the loop you can divert onto more difficult features once you are confident.

Develop your riding by building up to riding new features once you are ready.

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.

Generic autumnal tree

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 circular easy access trail.

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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