This wonderful 8 mile circular walk is an opportunity to walk the full length of Ashton Court and Leigh Woods, joining the two together via the tow path running along the side of the Avon Gorge. Ashton Court manor house was used as a military hospital in the First World War, as the venue for the Royal Show in 1936 and during the Second World War as an army transit camp. In 1946 the last of the Smyth family died and the house fell into disrepair before being bought by Bristol City Council 1959.
The surrounding 840 acres are a mixture of stunning woodland and open countryside with some of the best views in Bristol. There are steep grassy slopes, plantations of native and ornamental trees and a deer park.
It can roughly be divided into three parts. The first leg winds down through Ashton Court to the tow path. The second leg tracks the tow path beside the river. The final leg is the long climb up through Leigh Woods back to Ashton Court. The tracks are wide so there’s plenty of opportunity to get into a good Nordic walking stride - there's no better way to boost your fitness.
Led by Vicky Welsh
Meeting point Ashton Court golf club (top car park)
Distance 8 miles
Duration 4 hours
Terrain - grass, tracks, tarmac, woods, one long climb from the tow path to Ashton Court
Dogs - No
Cost - £15 members, £20 non members
We automatically issue refunds as credit to your Bristol Nordic Walking account. If you would like a refund to your bank account or card please let us know. Refunds to bank account/credit/debit cards are subject to a 1.4% +20p fee for European cards and a 2.9% + 20p fee for non-European cards.
You will need to have been previously trained by a Nordic walking instructor to join this walk.
Please note we need a minimum of 8 to run this walk.