There are plenty of parks and other green areas in and around Bristol where you can enjoy a quick walk and fresh air regardless of the time of year. Of course, plenty of walking enthusiasts aren’t satisfied with just a quick stroll. Luckily enough, several of the country’s most attractive long-distance hiking trails wind through Bristol or pass close by.
Here are just a few long-distance walks you can enjoy from Bristol
The Cotswold Way
One of the best things about Bristol is having the Cotswolds right on your doorstep, and one of the best ways to experience them is via The Cotswold Way. Running from Bath to Chipping Campden across 102 scene miles, the trail covers the Cotswold Edge escarpment to provide fantastic far-reaching views across the area. You’ll walk through picturesque villages and pass famous ancient sites as you venture onwards. You’ll also see the Forest of Dean, the Welsh hills of Monmouthshire, and the Black Mountains of the Welsh Border.
River Avon Trail
The River Avon runs right through Bristol, and the River Avon Trail runs from Pill in North Somerset to Pulteney Bridge in beautiful Bath. You can access it from Bristol or choose to walk through the city’s wonderful harbour as you traverse the entire trail. Managed by the Avon Frome Partnership, the River Avon Trail is level across the entire route and runs just 23 miles, so it’s something you can do in one very tiring day. That said, most walkers like to split it in a two and stay in Bristol one night before continuing.
The Severn Way
If the River Avon Trail doesn’t sound taxing enough, turn to the 223-mile Severn Way. Following the River Severn from source to sea, it starts in Plynlimon, Wales and ends in Bristol. Along the way, you’ll enjoy sites such as Hafren Forest and take in other paths like the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal Walk and Gloucestershire Way.