- From - to: Bristol to Portishead
- Distance: 11.5 miles
- Type: A mix of traffic-free routes, purpose-built cycleways and quiet roads; some hills
- Surface: Mostly compacted stone
- National Cycle Network: 33 and 41
This mostly traffic-free route, popular with families and commuters, follows a riverside path through the spectacular Avon Gorge.
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 the CREATE Centre onto the Ashton to Pill Path.
Once across the river, the path passes underneath the spectacular Clifton Suspension Bridge and on through the Avon Gorge. The route arrives at the village of Pill, which has a pretty harbour, and is where you could return if you wanted to make the journey shorter.
The ride then continues onto Portishead, an attractive seaside town with great views across to Wales. The High Street is pleasingly dominated by locally owned independent shops, and alongside the sea front you will find one of the UK's few open air lidos.
Download a route description sheet.
- SS Great Britain
- Clifton Suspension Bridge
- Create Centre
- Leigh Woods
- Priory Farm Nature Reserve
- Portishead Lido
- M Shed
- Ferry Station Bike Hire, Bristol
Map shows the National Cycle Network and local routes in this area.
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 Queens Square, this route takes you onto Portishead, where you get to enjoy great views over the water towards Wales.