Bristol is an amazing city and i’m lucky enough to have lived here for the last eight years. I wanted to show others the glory of Bristol’s Green Spaces by bicycle so I put this ride together, which takes in some of the cities most enchanting parks and green landscapes. See map of the route and elevation chart at the bottom of this post.
You can start the ride from anywhere but I began close to my home in Victoria Park. Mrs Brown’s Cafe offer superb coffee and bacon butties from the top of the park, a great way start any ride.
I wound through Bedminster to join the Chocolate Path along side the River Avon, and followed the Sustrans National Cycle Routes 41 and 33 to Ashton Court.
The biggest climb of the route through Ashton Court, passing the Ashton Court Mansion and grazing dear, rewarded me with fantastic views of the city. Various route extensions can be made at Ashton Court including a whizz around the mountain bike trails if you’re on a mountain bike. I rolled down to the Clifton Suspension bridge before heading over to the Downs.
I never turn down the opportunity to gaze at the spectacular views of the Avon Gorge inland, and out to the Severn (with Wales in the background), from the Downs. From the Downs I wiggled through quiet roads over Gloucester Road to St Andrews Park. It’s a beautiful park and a great place for a sneaky afternoon G&T in the sun.
A short busy road stretch is followed by a delightful traffic-free route through St Werburghs Allotments to the City Farm. A great place for refreshments and kids love saying hello to the animals. I then headed in to the centre of town on the Frome Greenway on to Castle Park where I rejoined the River Avon. From here it’s a short glide to Queen Square, one of my favourite of Bristol’s green spaces. There are loads of great pubs and food purveyors a stones throw from Queen Square. To complete the loop I pootled past the Arnolfini and the M-Shed, through Bedminster back to blooming Victoria Park.
It’s a cracking loop suitable for all reasonably experienced cyclists and a wonderful way to see the verdant wonders of Bristol. Here is the route complete with classic Bristol elevation chart. Pick up a free Bristol City cycle map from Tourist Information Centre to help you follow the route.