- Distance: 8 miles
- Start: Queens Square, Bristol
- Finish: Millenium Park, Nailsea
- Type: Largely traffic free
- National Cycle Network: Route 33
This traffic-free route officially opened in May 2013. Created by Sustrans, using a £27m Big Lottery Fund award, it travels through Ashton Court, Long Ashton and Flax Bourton, before continuing on to Nailsea. You can find out more about the project here. The route is called 'The Festival Way' because it provides easy access to Ashton Court, where a number of festivals are held each year such as the Kite Festival, the Balloon Fiesta, BrisFest.
Starting in Bristol, you use Route 33 which takes you on a traffic free path from Queen Square, a beautiful garden square with Georgian buildings, out of the city via Cumberland Road. Crossing the River Avon, you join Kennel Lodge Road as you enter Ashton Court (there is a steep, short hill). The estate is a stunning Country park with 850 acres of woodland and grassland. There is a mansion house, mountain bike trails and two enclosed deer parks with red and fallow deer herds. Ashton Court producers market is not to be missed and is held in the courtyard of Ashton Court Mansion selling the finest local food, drink and crafts on the third Sunday of the month from 10.30am - 3.30pm, March to December.
The route leaves Ashton Court on Ashton Road and joins a traffic free path that runs next to the busy A370. Travelling past the pretty village of Long Ashton there are some short on road sections before reaching the village of Flax Bourton. Here you can take a short detour to Wraxhall on the B3130 to visit the beautiful Tyntesfield House. From Flax Bourton you again join roads (Blackwell Bow and then Lodge Lane) before joining a traffic free path that takes you all the way into Millennium Park in Nailsea.
Sustrans’ Portrait Bench series is a national public art project which, when complete, will be a national collection of over 230 portraits. Depicted on the Festival Way Portrait Bench are Redvers Coate, who founded Coate’s Cider in Nailsea in 1924; social reformer Hannah More, who founded a school at Nailsea Tythe Barn; and Wurzels legend Adge Cutler.
Sustrans has produced a free, downloadable map of the route.
Things to see and do
- Queens Square, Bristol
- Ashton Court
- Millenium Park, Nailsea
- Tyntesfield House
Map shows the National Cycle Network and local routes in this area.
This great route takes you from Bristol city centre to Nailsea, on a largely traffic free path.