- Charlotte Drew
Leigh Woods and Nightingale Valley
This was BSGH's first ever route. It starts in Clifton and heads over the suspension bridge, down through the woods to the river and back up to Leigh Woods through Nightingale Valley.
Victoria Square, Clifton.
Some very muddy paths in the woods. Steep but short climb up through Nightingale Valley.
The starting point is in the Clifton area of Bristol. There are a number of bike racks next to the bus stops and the number 8 and 9 buses to the centre stop here regularly. You can park on the road in Clifton Village for free on Sundays.
Walk through Victoria Park from the bus stops towards Boyce's Avenue and the Clifton Arcade. Turn right at Cafe Nero and continue up to the mini roundabout. Cross the road to the park and walk along the edge to get to the Suspension Bridge.
Cross the bridge and continue past the coffee seller, taking the first road (Burwalls Road) on your left down the hill. Continue along this road until you see a gate into the woods on the left hand side.
Head through the gate and down an often muddy path to the riverside. The path diverges at points but meets back up again so you can't go wrong. When you get to the bottom cross the little railway bridge and head back towards the suspension bridge along the cycle path. This path can be busy so watch out for cyclists. You'll pass under the suspension bridge.
Eventually you'll get to another railway bridge on your left. Go under it, through the gate and start up the steep climb through Nightingale Valley into Leigh Woods.
Once at the top you'll be at the North Road entrance to the woods. From here you can explore the woods a little further, or leave through the gate, turn left and head back to the suspension bridge via North Road.
From the suspension bridge, retrace your steps back to Victoria Square, or take the opportunity to explore the beautiful Clifton Village and its many pubs and coffee shops.