A largely traffic-free route between Bristol city centre and the North Somerset town of Nailsea. This route has all sorts to see. From the attractions, entertainment and history in the vibrant city centre, to Ashton Court Estate and the picturesque villages beyond it.

Please note

There is currently a diversion in place on this route which is expected to last for up to 8 months, until 28 January 2025.

The route has been diverted due to infrastructure works at Vistry’s City Gateway development in Bristol and is signposted on the route. There are ‘cyclists dismount’ signs in place so some users may find the diversion difficult to negotiate and we apologise for this inconvenience. You can find out more about the closure by visiting the Vistry Group's website.

We will provide updates here and on our Sustrans South X and Facebook pages if the route is re-opened earlier than planned.


The route begins in Queen Square, in the heart of Bristol. It is a beautiful garden square surrounded by Georgian buildings.

Following Route 33, it will take you west out of the city, and over the River Avon.

Next stop is the Grade II-listed Ashton Court Estate. This is a stunning country park just a couple of miles outside of the city centre. There is plenty to do and see on the estate, with a mansion house, mountain bike trails, deer parks and cafes.

The route leaves Ashton Court, running past the pretty village of Long Ashton before reaching Flax Bourton. There are some short on-road sections here.

You can take a short detour from here to Wraxhall, to visit the beautiful Tyntesfield House, owned by the National Trust.

Back on the route, and continuing on-road through Flax Bourton, you will then join a traffic-free path. This will take you all the way into Millennium Park in Nailsea.

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Please note

We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness.

However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes.

Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces.

Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.

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The Festival Way route is part of the National Cycle Network, cared for by Sustrans. Your donation today will help keep the Network safe and open for everyone to enjoy.

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