Best bird watching trails in Bristol, England

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Explore the most popular bird watching trails in Bristol with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of bird watching trails in Bristol, England
Top trails (14)
#1 - Golden Valley Nature Trail
Golden Valley
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 25 m
#2 - The Upton Inn and Upton Cheyney Circular
Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 2 mi • Est. 1 h 7 m
A circular pub walk from The Upton Inn in Upton Cheyney, near Bitton in Somerset. An interesting, undulating walk from the delightful village of Upton Cheyney across the hills above Bath and Bristol. Good views and variety of wildlife to enjoy. The walk has several slopes throughout and follows mainly woodland and field paths which can get very muddy after wet weather. You are likely to be sharing the fields with both sheep and cattle (so take care with dogs) and you'll probably also have chance to meet alpacas and donkeys in the fields adjoining the paths. There are several kissing gates on route plus six stiles. The Upton Inn serves a great selection of food and drink and dogs are also welcome in the bar area. Approximate time 70-90 minutes. Show more
#3 - Prior's Woods
Prior's Woods
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 1 h 13 m
#4 - Blagdon Lake
Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 5.8 mi • Est. 2 h 20 m
Note: Please be mindful and considerate when hiking this trail as parts of it are on private property. This is a nice walk but hard to say it’s even near the lake due to most of the walk being on the road with tall hedgerows. Bristol water own the land next to the lake and allow no admittance for walking. Show more
#5 - Pensford, Settle Hill and Norton Hawkfield
Bristol, Bristol, England
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Length: 5 mi • Est. 2 h
Beautiful location in a gorgeous English Village. Lovely local pub and a wonderful walk along the river to Stanton Drew. Enjoy the stunning views from the bridge and a nature walk at Culvery Wood. Culvery is a mixture of new and mature broadleaf woodland with some large veteran oak and hornbeam trees. This peaceful wood is situated on the western edge of the village of Pensford, approximately seven miles south of Bristol and eight miles west of Bath. It overlooks the Chew Valley next to the Pensford viaduct and is just off the A37 road from Bristol to Shepton Mallet. On the way back, take a break and stop by one of the local cafés and pubs marked in the waypoints.Show more
#6 - Leigh Woods Purple Circuit
Leigh Woods
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 49 m
#7 - Ravens Rock Circular Walk
Bristol, Bristol, England
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 47 m
#8 - The Stoke Park Loop
Stoke Park Estate
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 19 m
Start at the roundabout just up the road from Snuff Mills, walk through the large gates into Stoke Park and follow the path through an underpass for the M32. Turn left and follow a gravel path along until you reach a gate on your right where you can then walk up towards Purdown BT Tower through the fields (a lovely spot to have a sit down and enjoy the views). Afterwards turn back round and make your way through the park crossing through gates and keeping Barn Wood on your right until you reach Long Wood, follow the gravel path all the way round into Hermitage Wood, eventually you will come out of the woods near to Dower House, cross the path and follow the hill line round to a small woodland on the other side of Dower House, follow this round and come back out next to the M32. You can choose to skip the small woodland on the other side and follow the path down towards Duchess Pond if you so wish. Either way make your way toward Duchess Pond which is well worth a stop if you have time as it is a breeding ground for a number of wild bird species before tracking back under the M32 to where you started.Show more
#9 - Jubilee Way and Severn Way Circular
Bristol, Bristol, England
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Length: 5.4 mi • Est. 2 h 10 m
This route starts near the village of Littleton-upon-Severn, which hosts a church, a village hall and a popular 17th century family-run pub called The White Hart where you can park, grab a bite to eat and drink and start walking from. The route goes along part of the Jubilee Way and part of the Severn Way in an area with great bird-watching too. Show more
#10 - Frome Valley Walkway
Bristol, Bristol, England
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Length: 13.4 mi • Est. 6 h 22 m
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