CITY HALF MARATHON WALK
CHECKPOINT A: BOWER ASHTON
Ashton Court, which you will soon be walking through, is a country park and mansion with 850 acres of woodland and grassland and many activities including Parkrun every Sunday and the annual Bristol International Balloon Fiesta. There is normally no charge for admission and estate is open Monday to Sunday from 8am.
Leigh Woods, National Nature Reserve has been an intrinsic part of Bristolian life for centuries.
Leigh woods is of very high nature conservation value, forming a significant part of the Avon Gorge Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Avon Gorge Woodlands Special Area of Conservation (SAC).
An exceptional number of Nationally Rare and Nationally Scarce plant and insects species are found here.
CHECKPOINT B: BS8 3JP
DIRECTIONS TO NEXT CHECKPOINT
Follow Kennel Lodge road up past the UWE campus and into the Ashton Court Estate. At the top of Kennel Lodge Road, head LEFT through the car park. At the end of the car park, follow the tarmacked path around the back of the café buildings. Continue on this path until you meet a fork (after you’ve passed two side paths), at which point you should take the RIGHT-hand fork. Follow the path up the hill and do not turn off. Eventually, you will reach a gate and the path will turn into a road, lined by trees. Using one of the paths on either side (both of which run parallel to the road), continue and exit Ashton Court through the gatehouse archway.
Turn RIGHT as you exit Ashton Court, and cross Abbots Leigh road at the traffic lights. Then walk along Bridge Road. Follow Bridge Road until you reach the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Cross the Suspension Bridge, staying on the right-hand side. Checkpoint B is directly after you have crossed the bridge (BS8 3JP). Check in.