Autumn is nearly upon us – the season of fallen leaves, cosy nights in and delightful woodland strolls. But you might be wondering where you can find natural escapes in and around the city? Look no further! Here are five of our favourite spots for an autumn walk in Bristol.
Brandon Hill Park
Right in the heart of Bristol, between Park Street and Anchor Road, is the beautiful Brandon Hill Park. Packed with winding paths, tinkling streams and breathtaking panoramic views over the city, this little park packs a real punch, especially in autumn. Expect to see plenty of squirrels on your stroll, and while you’re there, why not climb Cabot Tower and see the whole city laid out at your feet?
Ashton Court Estate
Of course, no list of Bristol’s beauty spots would be complete without Ashton Court, the 850-acre park in the southwest corner of the city. This gorgeous green space is filled with woodland paths, so you can walk under the trees and see all the stunning reds and golds of the season. There’s also a deer park, a cafe, a mansion and even a golf course – enough to keep the whole family entertained!
University of Bristol Botanic Garden
For something a little more exotic, try the University of Bristol Botanic Garden, handily located in Stoke Bishop, in the west of the city. This gorgeous garden doesn’t just cultivate typical and rare local plants, but also boasts plenty of plants from further afield, including North Africa, Australia and Chile! You’ll have to pay to enter this garden, but you’ll be giving to a good cause – the garden is used as an educational resource about science and nature.
St George Park
This Victorian park located in the east of Bristol is free to enjoy – and there is a lot of fun to be had there. As well as plenty of tree-lined paths for your autumn stroll, there’s also a children’s playground, complete with climbing frame, slides, tunnels and sand pit. For older kids there’s a skate park, or if you’re after a more leisurely day out then simply sit by the pond and watch the ducks and swans.
You’ll have to go a little further afield for this one – northeast of Bristol, into the Cotswolds – but if it’s trees you’re after, you can’t go wrong with the National Arboretum. There are 2,500 different types of tree to see here, and when autumn arrives they’ll be putting on an incredible leafy display – especially the fiery Japanese maples. Do you have a head for heights? Then get up onto the treetop walkway and soak up the scenery from a tree’s-eye view!
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Deer grazing on the Ashton Court Estate by Roy Parkhouse via Wikimedia Commons