The Kingdom walk
Sunday 3rd October
This walk is full of variety and and interest, with lots of wide paths and only a few uphill sections.
From the hub, you’ve a gentle climb up to the top of Ashton Court Estate and out towards the very pretty local nature reserve of Abbot’s Pool with its Pulhamite landscaping and grotto.
From there your path goes into one of Bristol’s favourite walking areas, Leigh Woods. A national nature reserve, this woodland is a beautiful and peaceful reprieve from the hustle and bustle of city life. Your route winds down through the woods passing a cluster of giant Redwood trees and the aptly named Paradise Bottom before emerging onto the Avon Gorge towpath which runs parallel to the river Avon. The Avon has the second largest tidal range in the world, changing as much as 40 feet and exposing glistening mud banks at low tide.
Your path for the next two miles is a gently undulating one skirting the bottom of Leigh Woods and looking up into the gorge as you make your way towards the Clifton Suspension Bridge. The cliffs on either side gradually rise to 300 feet and make for an impressive sight. You may even see peregrine falcons which have nested in the gorge since 1990.
Eventually, you will reach the bottom of Nightingale Valley where you turn off the towpath and up through the valley’s rich and diverse woodland. It is a steady but steep climb emerging onto a quiet road leading to the famous Clifton Suspension Bridge.
The Suspension Bridge is a hallmark of Bristol’s landscape. It spans the deep Avon Gorge and there are expansive views on either side. After crossing the bridge, you will walk down through Clifton and past the impressive buildings comprising Clifton College, an independent school founded in 1862. Walk back up the magnificent beech lined Promenade to the Clifton Observatory and return across the Suspension Bridge to Ashton Court and your start point.
Distance: 12 miles
Time: Registration from 8 am
Meet: The Sunday Festival hub, Ashton Court
How to book
You will be able to buy tickets and book your walks online here from 21st June 2021.