Top 10 outdoor activities in Bristol

April 3, 2014

Leafy and cycle-friendly by city standards, Bristol has a huge range of outdoor activities to explore, from river walks and kayaking on its harbour to a fun natural waterslide

On the opposite side of the Avon gorge to Clifton Downs, this vast woodland (490 acres of it managed by the National Trust, the rest by the Forestry Commission) makes a leafy backdrop to the Avon gorge and suspension bridge. Among its oak, whitebeam, yew and ash trees are picnic-friendly glades, shady walks, Iron Age hill forts, a natural play area and mountain bike trails. The woods are also one of three Dark Sky Discovery Sites in Bristol. Look out for themed events organised by the National Trust; a night-time nature walk will be running on 14 August and "owls, bats and stars: walks are on 5 and 6 September.
Access via the A369 in Abbotts Leigh. 0117 973 1645, nationaltrust.org.uk/leigh-woods. Free general entry, guided walks £10 adults, £7 kids

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