The Clifton Suspension Bridge and Avon Gorge

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The Avon Gorge is truly spectacular, with 300-foot cliffs towering above the river. It is home to an astonishing diversity of rare plants and animals, making it an internationally important wildlife site. This includes two unique trees: the Bristol and Wilmott's Whitebeam, that do not grow anywhere else in the world. Wildlife that can be seen includes peregrine falcons and lesser and greater horseshoe bats.

To cap it all, the gorge is spanned by Bristol's best-known landmark, the Clifton Suspension Bridge. The bridge was designed by the great Victorian engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, although he never lived to see its completion in 1864.
The walk follows the River Avon from the bridge, through the gorge and continuing to Pill, a small village just outside Bristol. Away from the river, the walk starts from the beautiful village of Abbots Leigh and heads through Leigh Woods and into the steep-sided Nightingale Valley, leading into the Avon Gorge.

All this is on the doorstep of Bristol City Centre, but this has very much the feel of a country walk, with much evidence of the surrounding city hidden by the cliffs towering above you.

England - South West England - Bristol - Avon Valley


Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Great Views, National Trust, Play Area, Pub, Public Transport, River, Wildlife, Woodland
8/31/2014 - Nathan Potter

Generally a very good walk with clear directions. I found two paths quite overgrown on points 13 and 15. For point 13 I'd suggest turning right out of the kissing gate, then left at the end of the lane to follow the main road. For point 15 if you continue past the path and take the private road on the left towards Blackmoore Lodge you can pick the walk back up again on point 17.

2/25/2014 - Valerie Monaghan

An excellent walk, with no problems with navigation. A minor change; the stiles in and out of the cricket field (Point 12) have been replaced by kissing gates.

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