Leigh Woods


It may be tiny (under a square mile), but Leigh Woods squeezes a lot into a small space: ancient trees, snaking walking trails and corking Avon Gorge views.

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2. Clifton Suspension Bridge

0.29 MILES

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3. The Downs

0.31 MILES

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4. Clifton Observatory & Camera Obscura

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5. Giant's Cave

0.37 MILES

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6. Clifton

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8. Spike Island

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