With the changing of the seasons and all its beautiful colours, Autumn is a great time of year to enjoy a walk with your children.
Here are 12 child-friendly walks in Bristol to take your children to grab some fresh air and Autumn sunshine. Enjoy!
Stoke Park Estate offers 270 acres of rolling green hills and woodland, plus a new sculpture trail of carved woodland creatures.
There are three different walks to go on:
There are also some interesting sights to find: a fishing lake, dew pond, the yellow Dower House, the Purdown BT Tower, plus a World War 2 anti-aircraft battery and a Hermitage Tunnel.
- Stoke Park Estate via Romney Avenue, Lockleaze, BS7 (next to the adventure Playground)
- Read about our visit to Stoke Park Estate
Baddock’s Wood offers woodland and areas of meadow through which the River Trym runs. There are also woodland sculptures crafted into the trees which are fun to discover.
It is pushchair friendly with level, well-laid paths throughout with no steps. If you have a double pushchair, however, it is recommended that you use the Doncaster Road entrance rather than the Lakewood Road entrance due to the gate being a bit of a tight squeeze.
- Badock’s Wood, Lakewood Road, Southmead, BS10
- Read about our visit to Badock’s Wood
3. Abbots Leigh
Abbots Leigh is a beautiful old village just across the Clifton Suspension Bridge, about 3 miles from the centre of Bristol.
When we took our children we walked the length of Church Road which is perfect for little legs as it is not too long. It’s also a very quiet road with rarely any traffic so it is a safe walk to enjoy, too.
There is also a great play area along the way with lots of green space and good play equipment.
- Church Road, Abbots Leigh, BS8
- Read about our walk in Abbots Leigh
Frenchay Moor offers rugged moorland walks, nature at its best and an adventure at every turning. Wild and unspoilt, the ground is uneven so pushchairs and prams would not be possible, however if you can do without, it is well worth the journey.
- Frenchay Common, Frenchay Village, BS16 1NA
- Read about our walk on Frenchay Moor
5. Gaston Lane
This is a little old stony lane in Bishopston and one of my favourite local walks.
Gaston Lane runs through allotments and green space and is a perfect place to enjoy a short walk away from busy roads.
- Find it next to 134 Longmead Avenue or 22 Kings Drive, Bishopston, BS7
- Read about our Autumn walk through Gaston Lane
Extensive 650 acre registered parkland which includes a café, museum, castle and fantastic children’s play area. There are also disabled toilet & baby changing facilities. There are a variety of walks that you can opt for according to the length and level of challenge you desire.
- Blaise Castle Estate, Kingsweston Road, Lawrence Weston, Bristol, BS10 7Q8
- Read about our visit to Blaise Castle Estate
Fantastic green spaces to enjoy, with woods, riverside paths, cafe, picnic area and a new play park designed for children 0 – 13 years of age.
There are smooth, flat walkways ideal for pushchairs, plus baby changing facilities, too.
- Oldbury Court Estate, Oldbury Court Road, Fishponds, BS16 2JH
- More information about Oldbury Court Estate
Lots of flat green space and trees, ideal for walking, exploring, flying a kite and much more! Beautiful views, including from the Sea Walls which overlook the Avon Gorge.
There are benches, a picnic area, ice cream van, a café (on Stoke Road, near the Water Tower), toilets and baby changing facilities. Free parking on the roads around the Downs.
- The Downs, Durdham Down, Stoke Road, BS9 1PG
- Read about our Autumn walk on the Downs
Kings Weston Estate offers 300 acres of woods and green space with some interesting historic features such as a sundial, grotto and the beautiful King Weston House.
There is also a nice little café in the basement of Kingsweston House to enjoy a cup of tea or piece of nice cake after your walk!
- Kings Weston Estate, Kings Weston Lane, Kingsweston, BS11 OUR
- Read about our walk on Kings Weston Estate
Ashton Court Estate includes 850 acres of woodland and grassland as well as a woodland garden, picnic area and natural play area. There are deer to see and it offers amazing views.
The paths are pushchair friendly, plus the facilities include toilets and baby changing facilities.
- Ashton Court Estate, Long Ashton, Bristol, BS41 9JN
- Read about our walk at Ashton Court Estate
A small wooded valley that follows part of Brislington Brook and which offers a host of wildlife. There is one walk which is pushchair friendly which starts at the gate on the green at the junction of Hill Lawn and Allison Road, which ends at the bench by the railway track at the other end of the valley.
However, caution is recommended, as well as wellies when there is/has been wet weather.
- The walk recommended by Friends of Nightingale Valley begins at gate on the green at junction of Hall Lawn & Allison Road, BS4 4PH
12. Leigh Woods
Leigh Woods is a great place to take children for an Autumn walk, with a variety of pathways to choose from depending on how long a walk you fancy.
It also includes a Natural Play Area for children, which includes swings, balance beams and logs to climb on.
- Read about our visit in Leigh Woods
- Leigh Woods, Valley Road, BS8 3QB