Ride to the North Somerset Coast (Bristol to Portishead)

This route showcases some of the best that Bristol and its surrounds has to offer.

Taking in the Avon Gorge, Clifton Suspension Bridge, Leigh Woods and the historic Queen Square, this route takes you onto Portishead, where you get to enjoy great views over the water towards Wales.

The ride begins in the Regency splendour of Bristol’s Queen Square, then continues over the Prince Street bridge (passing M Shed, a museum of Bristol’s history) and right onto Cumberland Road. After the pelican crossing there is a pavement cycle route, which then drops down to a traffic-free section along the river bank past Create, a vibrant environment centre that hosts a range of events and exhibitions.

Join the Ashton to Pill Path, which crosses the river and passes underneath the spectacular Clifton Suspension Bridge and on through the Avon Gorge. To your left is Leigh Woods, where cycling is permitted on certain paths, and with 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, but the ride continues onto Portishead, an attractive Victorian seaside town with great views across to Wales and a good selection of locally owned independent shops. Alongside the seafront you will find 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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