Wonderful walks in Bristol and beyond

Last weekend, Andy and I packed the kids and the dogs into the car and took ourselves off to Westonbirt Arboretum.  Nestled in the Cotswolds, it’s a lovely way to see the best of the gorgeous autumnal colours we get from nature this time of year. 

We were out for a good 4 hours, kids kicking up the leaves and dogs sniffing out new friends in the forest.  We were all exhausted by the time we got back.

According to research we can burn as many calories per mile brisk walking as we can jogging.  If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll know I do like to bang on about how we need to make exercise enjoyable to make it work and that the gym isn’t for everyone.

With this in mind, I’ve compiled a short list of great places to go in Bristol and beyond should you be one of the many who would much rather be out walking in the great outdoors than pounding on a treadmill in the gym.

Leigh Woods
Not far from the centre of Bristol, enjoy miles of paths to explore in these ancient woodlands, including an all-ability trail.

Blaise Castle Estate
As well as magnificent walks (downloadable from the site) the Estate is a great place to take the kids, with a great play area, picnic tables and cafe.

Bristol and Bath Railway Path
Walk or cycle along this 13-mile stretch and take in some great scenery along the way.

Bath Skyline
6 Miles of way marked trails with magnificent views over the city of Bath

Do you know of any other local places to enjoy a winter stroll? Feel free to add your places under comments