3.6 of 5 (12 votes)

Pill and Leigh Woods

A leisurely walk (riverside) starting and finishing in Somerset, England, about 7.60km (4.72 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 2:30h. It is suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 145m (475ft)
Descent 78m (255ft)
Max. Elevation 40m (131ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 223m (730ft)
Distance 7.60km
Duration ~2:30h
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 09 Jun 2011
This walk is an example of one of those joys of living in Britain - a great countryside walk just a few miles outside one of our biggest cities. Take the bus out to Pill, then follow the River Avon before heading through a gorgeous National Trust wood and then back into the city via the Clifton Suspension Bridge,

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OS Grid ST524758
Take the bus to Pill, just outside Bristol. From the village centre, find the raised pathway along what used to be the railway (marked as a cycle route).
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The path heads away from the town then down through Ham Green towards the river.
About 0.86 km (~0.53 miles) from
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The path soon joins the River Avon, and follows the course along a clear path.
About 1.28 km (~0.8 miles) from
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Just after entering the outskirts of the woodland, you will see paths heading away from the river into Leigh Woods.
About 1.75 km (~1.09 miles) from
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Once in Leigh Woods, waymarked trails will guide you towards the city. Or just wander for a bit; you won't get too lost, it's not that big.
About 1.29 km (~0.8 miles) from
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Near the main Leigh Woods car park, pick up the road back towards Bristol.
About 0.95 km (~0.59 miles) from
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Follow North Road towards the river. When it turns sharply, you are just above the bridge.
About 0.39 km (~0.24 miles) from
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An engineering miracle by the dude with the funny name. Check out the information boards on the far side as well, which explains how old Kingdom replanted a lot of the flowers and shrubs he dug up while making the bridge, once he found out they were rare. So a conservationist, a top engineer and a funny name to boot. What a guy.
About 0.24 km (~0.15 miles) from
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Finish up in Clifton, the posh bit of Bristol, where you can sip a low-fat soya lattachino and enjoy a slice of organic, fair trade lentil cake while waiting for your bus.
About 0.55 km (~0.34 miles) from

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