Here at SCD we love nothing more than exploring our beautiful city of Bristol. With an abundance of greenery, parks and estates there is always somewhere new to explore. Whether you want family-friendly or an afternoon of adventure, here is our guide to the 10 best walks in Bristol:
- Ashton Court
Enjoy a relaxing walk around the gorgeous Ashton Court Estate, just two miles from the city centre. The beautiful 850-acre grounds house a large Grade I listed mansion, a deer park and plenty of woodland for those that want to explore. It’s a favourite of mine, perfect for taking my Boxer dog for a Sunday stroll.
- Blaise Castle
This 19th century mansion is set in 650 acres of parkland. Wander through woodland beside a tranquil river and look out for the hidden Mill House. There’s also a Victorian museum to explore and an extensive children’s play area. Blaise Castle Estate is fun for all the family.
- Bristol Harbourside
Follow the Harbour Heritage Trail to discover more about Bristol’s historic docks. There’s plenty to see, including iconic ships – Brunel’s SS Great Britain and The Matthew. Pop into CARGO 1 and 2 for delicious food to re-fuel during your walk.
- Brandon Hill
Enjoy the spectacular views of Bristol with a walk around Bristol’s oldest park, and climb up 105-ft Cabot Tower, located just behind Park Street. Cabot Tower has the most breath-taking panoramic view of Bristol.
- Chew Valley Lake
Escape the city and visit Chew Valley Lake for beautiful trails surrounded by spectacular wildlife. Enjoy a bite to eat at café Salt and Malt or The Woodford to complete your day out.
- Leigh Woods
Hop over the Clifton Suspension Bridge to find this glorious National Trust woodland, with stunning views over the Avon Gorge. This hidden forestry houses numerous trails; I recommend taking a wonder down to Paradise Bottom where, in spring, the valley is carpeted with the most beautiful Bluebells.
- Cheddar Gorge
Visit the dramatic cliffs and explore the stunning caverns with an adventure-filled walk around Cheddar Gorge. The 3-mile Cliff Top Walk is one of the finest in the country. Afterwards, stop off in the village for a Cream Tea and explore the quintessential gift shops.
- Westonbirt Arboretum
Westonbirt Arboretum houses one of the finest collections of trees and shrubs in the world. The 600-acre arboretum has miles of winding paths and many hidden areas for you to explore, making it perfect for all the family. The most beautiful time to visit is in the autumn for the sumptuous colours as the leaves turn on the trees.
- Durham Downs
Stroll around Durham Downs for one of the largest areas of open green space in the city. Great for an easy and leisurely walk, as the terrain is flat. If you head to the Sea Walls, you get a brilliant view of the ancient Avon Gorge.
This spectacular Victorian country house and gardens is perfect for a gorgeous walk in the spring, with bluebells and daffodils in full bloom. The estate is suitable for all ages, and there are many areas to explore – from the beautiful gardens to a sculpture trail and magical woodlands.