Bristol, England

National Trust Leigh Woods

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Leigh Woods is another great place to run in Bristol. With its ancient trees and limestone grassland, this National Trust property features easy to moderate designated pathways through a mixture of open grassy glades, surrounded by broadleaf woodland and many veteran oak pollards. There are also some great views of the gorge below. Pro tip: nice coffee shop near the car park.

There are three well-waymarked loops recommended for running (some overlaps): the 2.5 km Purple Loop (mostly level); 1.2 km Red Loop; and the 2.25 km Cycle Route Sustrans 41, which has some steeper sections. Overall, the paths are mainly wooded. There’s also the grand ‘Coronation Avenue’ between the car park and the A368.

Add-Ons: A run here can also be combined with the adjacent Ashton Court, Avon River paths, and Clifton Downs (across the Clifton Suspension Bridge).

Essentials
  • Numerous waymarked loop options - see trail map
  • Trails range from level to hilly
  • Car Park is a good start point
  • Car park off Abbots Leigh Rd. Also access to the trails from River Avon path just north of the Suspension Bridge

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Essentials
  • Numerous waymarked loop options - see trail map
  • Trails range from level to hilly
  • Car Park is a good start point
  • Car park off Abbots Leigh Rd. Also access to the trails from River Avon path just north of the Suspension Bridge