Ride to the North Somerset Coast (Bristol to Portishead)

This city to coast route showcases some the best that Bristol and its surrounds has to offer. Starting from the grandeur of Queen Square, along the Avon Gorge and under the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge. This route takes you to the vibrant coastal town of Portishead.

Starting in the Regency splendour of Queens Square, this route heads out of Bristol to join the Ashton to Pill Path at the Create Centre, next to Brunel Way.

The route crosses the river and passes underneath the spectacular Clifton Suspension Bridge. Designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, this iconic bridge spans the Avon Gorge.

As you continue through the gorge, to your left you will see Leigh Woods. Cycling is permitted on certain paths here, and it has a fantastic show of bluebells and wild garlic in late spring.

The route arrives at the village of Pill, with its pretty harbour. Pill Creek is where the first emigrant Methodists started their journey to America.

You could turn around here if you want to make the journey shorter. Or you can continue on the route to Portishead.

Arriving in Portishead, an attractive Victorian coastal town, you will find great views across the water to Wales.

It also has a good selection of locally owned independent shops and one of the UK’s few remaining open-air swimming pools.


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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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