Despite the weather having a bit of a seasonal personality crisis recently (one day we’re sunbathing, the next shivering from snow), spring’s colourful carpets of flowers, sunny days and blossom-heavy trees make it a great time to get out and about. We’ve put together our top 20 spring walks around Bristol – whether you’re a serious hiker or gentle stroller, there’s something to suit all springtime wanderers.

Bristol will also host a month-long walking festival from 1-31 May. Walkers can take part in history trails, urban exploring, walking sports, gentle park strolls and vigorous uphill hikes.

1. Leigh Woods

Hop over Clifton Suspension Bridge to find glorious National Trust woodland with great views over the gorge. Walkers, mountain bikers, pups and little ones will love this one.

Leigh Woods

Image - view over the Avon Gorge & Clifton Suspension Bridge from Leigh Woods

2. Blaise Castle Estate

Part of the mythical Bristol giants walking tour, here you'll find 'Goram’s Chair' and the ‘tantrum’ footprint. Popular with dog-walkers, there’s also a huge children’s play area, museum and folly castle.

Blaise Castle

Image - Blaise Castle Estate

3. Arnos Vale Cemetery

This beautiful wooded Victorian garden cemetery just off the Bath Road covers 45-acres. It’s wonderfully peaceful, rich in walks, wildlife and stunning architecture.

Arnos Vale

Image - Arnos Vale Cemetery

4. Ashton Court

The huge estate of Ashton Court is easy to reach from the city. Perfect for walkers and families there are special mountain bike trails and lovely views back over Bristol and Clifton’s colourful houses. Keep your eyes peeled for hot air balloons taking off.

Ashton Court daffodils

Image - Ashton Court Mansion, credit Angharad Paull

5. Brandon Hill & Cabot Tower

Brandon Hill Nature Park lies just behind one of Bristol’s independent shopping areas – Park Street. It’s a hilly haven for wildflowers and the meadow is full of cowslips in spring. If you’ve got any puff left to climb the steep steps of Cabot Tower, the views are spectacular. 

Brandon Hill Cabot Tower

Image - view from Cabot Tower, credit Paul Box

6. Harbourside

There’s plenty to ogle on a potter around the Harbourside - multi-coloured houses, iconic ships (Brunel's SS Great Britain and The Matthew), paddle boarders, rowers and sailing clubs out on the water. You'll also find CARGO 1 and 2 – a trendy retail yard made of converted shipping containers with lots of scrummy places to eat - as well as Underfall Yard’s new visitor centre where you can learn more about the city's historic docks.

Hotwells Bristol

Image - colours of Hotwells on the Harbourside, credit Dave Page

7. Street Art

Street Art is one of Bristol’s most famous attractions and seeking it out is a great way to discover the city’s unique creative culture. Book a walking tour, or if freestyling is your thing, try this Banksy self-guided tour or download the Banksy Bristol Trail app to navigate your way around his artworks using interactive maps.

Banksy Wild Wild West

Image - Banksy Mild Mild West in Stokes Croft

8. The Downs

The Downs spans 440 acres and is one of the largest areas of green in the city. Head to the Sea Walls end for magnificent Gorge and Severn Bridge views or dip into Clifton Village for a refuel.

Clifton Downs Bristol

Image - view from Clifton Downs

9. The Frome Valley Walkway

This 18-mile path begins in the centre of Bristol and wiggles its way out to the Cotswold Hills in South Gloucestershire, passing through the city’s lovely Eastville park and Oldbury Court and Snuff Mills.

Eastville Park Bristol

Image - Eastville Park, credit Paul Box

10. Perrett's Park

Dating back to circa 1900, Perrett's Park offers one of the greatest views of the city.

11. Tyntesfield

A National Trust Victorian country house and estate, Tyntesfield makes for a particularly gorgeous walk in spring when bluebells and daffodils are in full bloom.


Image - Tyntesfield

12. Prior’s Wood Nature Reserve

Once part of the Tyntesfield Estate, Prior’s Wood is home to streams, plantations and ancient woodland. In spring, the bluebell displays are one of the best in the West Country.


Image - bluebells, credit Angharad Paull

13. River Avon Trail

This picturesque trail follows the edge of the river from the historic harbour village of Pill, through the jaw-droppingly beautiful Avon Gorge to Pulteney Bridge, Bath (23 miles). Walk for as long as you like, Trooper’s Hill is an excellent stopping point.

River Avon Trail

Image - part of the River Avon Trail from Pill

14. Clevedon

Much of ITV’s Broadchurch was filmed here and whether you’re a fan or not, the Broadchurch Walking Trail encompasses some stunning North Somerset landscapes with awesome views over the Bristol Channel and Wales (the likes of which have inspired poets Coleridge, Thackeray and Tennyson no less). 


Image - Clevedon

15. Westonbirt, The National Arboretum

One of the finest collections of trees and shrubs in the world, springtime hails pastel blooms and beguiling bluebell carpets. There’s also a new Highway Rat Trail to motivate little legs.

Westonbirt Arboretum

Image - Westonbirt Arboretum

16. Dyrham Park

Discover breath-taking countryside at the National Trust’s Dyrham Park. Wander to the old lodge for a natural play park and climb-on tractors before picnicking beside the beautiful Dutch water garden.

17. Cheddar Gorge

A world-famous beauty spot thanks to its dramatic cliffs and caverns, it’s also a site of prehistoric discoveries. The 3-mile Cliff Top Gorge Walk is one of the finest in the country.

Cheddar Gorge

Image - Cheddar Gorge

18. Weston-super-Mare

Bristol sits on the doorstep of spectacular North Somerset coastline and where better to celebrate the first signs of spring then with a sunny stroll along the beach?

Weston Super Mare seafront

Image - Weston-super-Mare seafront, credit North Somerset Council

19. Berkeley Castle

An impressive fortress that has been continuously inhabited by the Berkeley family for nine centuries, Berkeley Castle has been embroiled in all sorts of historic events, from a murdered king to a wedding that spawned Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Surrounded by gardens that specialise in scent, the roses are particularly splendid in June.

Berkeley Castle

Image - Berkeley Castle, credit Hannah Stuart-Leach

20. The Severn Way

As capital of the South West, Bristol makes the perfect base to explore nearby walkers’ favourites such as The Severn Way, South Gloucestershire and The Cotswolds, the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean, The Malverns, Exmoor, Somerset and loads more. Many are just a short train journey, car ride or cycle away!

  • Read our day trips north or south of Bristol blogs for more hiking inspiration or take a look at our walking pages for more information.


Clifton Suspension Bridge
Historic Site
Clouds over Bridge

The world famous bridge and the iconic symbol of Bristol, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel in 1831 and completed in 1864 after his death

Blaise Castle House Museum and Estate
Blaise Castle House Museum and Estate

Unique mansion that houses some stunning period costumes and everyday Victorian objects, including model trains, dolls and toys

Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust
Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust

Step into a secret world and discover 45 green acres where the history of Bristol is told in a leafy and tranquil setting.

Ashton Court Estate
Ashton Court Estate

Historic 850-acre parkland with mansion, two pitch-and-putt golf courses, deer park, miniature railway, orienteering and nature trails

Cabot Tower and Brandon Hill
Cabot Tower Bristol

A century-old 105ft tower, set in the gorgeous parkland of Brandon Hill near Park Street in the West End.

Brandon Hill Nature Reserve
Country Park/Nature Reserve
Brandon Hill

Brandon Hill Nature Park is located in the city-centre and is a haven for wildlife. During spring and summer there are many beautiful flowers that blossom here in the park, which give the park some colour.

Underfall Yard
Heritage/Visitor Centre
Underfall Yard

Underfall Yard – the heart of Bristol’s harbour since 1809 and the machines that powered a port.

Bristol Street Art Walking Tours
Walking Tour
Street art tour, Bristol

Explore the latest street art where the walls change weekly, and celebrate Bristol's unique creative culture.

The Downs
Municipal Park
The Downs

Consisting of Clifton Down and Durdham Down, this is a huge area of protected parkland on the edge of the city

Oldbury Court and Snuff Mills
Parkland/Woodland Garden
Walking along the river Frome

Enjoy a great family day out with woodland and riverside walks, an arboretum and large children's playground.

National Trust - Tyntesfield
Historic House/Palace
National Trust - Tyntesfield

At its heart Tyntesfield is a Victorian country house and estate, which serves as a backdrop to the remarkable story of four generations of the Gibbs family. Their tale charts the accumulation of wealth from the guano trade, transformation of a Georgian house to a Victorian Gothic masterpiece and the collection of over 50,000 objects.

Troopers Hill Nature Reserve
Country Park/Nature Reserve
Troopers Hill Nature Reserve Bristol

An award-winning local nature reserve and former mine in east Bristol that overlooks the River Avon

Clevedon pier

A Victorian seaside town of unspoiled charm. An ideal place to explore all year, offering recreational amenities, beautiful gardens and places of historic interest to visit.

Westonbirt The National Arboretum
Parkland/Woodland Garden
Westonbirt Arboretum

Arboretum with over 16,000 rare and beautiful trees, all set in 600 glorious, easy-to-stroll Cotswold acres

Cheddar Gorge & Caves
Cheddar Gorge

Discover one of the UK's most famous beauty spots with the largest natural Gorge and two beautiful stalactite caverns.

Berkeley Castle
Berkeley Castle

Berkeley Castle is a beautiful and historic Castle, begun in 1117 and still remains the home of the Berkeley family. It is a great day-out for all the family, hosting special events on bank holidays and during school holidays