Bristol offers some of the UK’s best architecture, museums, galleries, restaurants, and bars, but plenty of people visit the city to enjoy nothing more than its wonderful walking opportunities. There are plenty of longer trails you can reach from Bristol, but don’t underestimate the smaller green spaces found in and around the city.
For this spring, here are just five of our top picks.
- Leigh Woods
Leigh Woods is just a short ride over the stunning Clifton Suspension Bridge. A National Trust woodland, it provides a fantastic range of trails that can be enjoyed any time of year. If you must choose one time, find Leigh Woods coming back to life during spring.
- Brandon Hill & Cabot Tower
You can explore Brandon Hill without even leaving the centre of Bristol – in fact, you’ll find it just behind Park Street, one of the city’s most popular independent shopping areas. During spring, the area is full of wildflowers and cowslips, and you can get a picture-perfect view by climbing the steep steps of Cabot Tower.
- The Downs
Spanning 440 acre, the Downs is one of Bristol’s largest green areas. You’ll enjoy stunning views towards Leigh Woods, the Severn Estuary, and the Clifton Suspension Bridge, and you can even walk into Clifton Village for a bite to eat once you’re done.
- The Frome Valley Walkway
If you’re looking for something a little longer than your average stroll around a city park, why not walk down The Frome Valley Walkway? Starting in Bristol before making its way to the Cotswold Hills in South Gloucester, it’s a favourite among keen walkers.
- Prior’s Wood Nature Reserve
Found just west of the city, Prior’s Wood is an idyllic area in which to stretch your legs. You’ll walk by gentle streams as you marvel at the gorgeous ancient woodland. Staying in Bristol in spring means taking in one of the West Country’s most jaw-dropping bluebell displays.