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Tuesday 3rd of November 2015
1. Leigh Woods
An autumnal stroll through Leigh Woods is a perfect way to spend a cool evening. Strolling amongst the trees you can enjoy the small forest which comprises of oak, ash and leaf lime trees, set against the iconic Bristol Suspension Bridge. Enjoy views of the city and follow the base of the gorge as you stroll. Even better if you take along a flask soup and a picnic as you can sit on one of the handmade oak picnic tables and benches which have been crafted especially for the woods by local carpenters.
2. Chew Valley Lake
Take a short 30 minute drive in your Easirent hire car to Chew Valley Lake and you won’t be disappointed. This reservoir site receives its water from the Mendip Hills and provides much of the drinking water for the whole of Bristol. Just like Leigh Woods it’s a wonderful choice for a relaxed walk with a choice of scenic nature trails to follow and plenty of native birds to look out for so take your binoculars.
3. Westonbirt Arboretum
There are an amazing 15,000 tree specimens in the Westonbirt Arboretum and whilst most of them are readying themselves for winter at the moment it still makes a wonderful place to visit. Their rarer trees include the Katsura which is said to smell of candyfloss and there is even an app you can download to help you explore the Aboretum and seek out those more unusual trees. The Aboretum gets busy at the end of summer and autumn but it is less so when the colder months set in so you should have no difficulty exploring.
Out in Wraxhall, just 20 minutes’ drive from central Bristol, Tyntesfield is a Victorian gothic revival property which has gardens and parkland which are open to be explored by the public. You can choose to tour the house and the chapel and a you do you’ll also see some of the exotic trees kept at the estate and the beautiful rose garden. Tyntesfield is a National Trust property so you can book onto many free events including garden tours and it is also home to events from the Bristol Astronomical Society, who utilise the light pollution free space to explore the skies at night.
5. Ashton Court Estate
Whilst Ashton Court is best known for its summer events but it’s a fantastic way to get outdoors at any time of the year. It is home to 860 acres of parkland with the mansion at the centre and the parkland includes a deer park and plenty of opportunities to look across Bristol and enjoy some stunning views. You can even hire mountain bikes in the area and get really into the spirit of enjoying the great outdoors.
6. Blaise Castle Estate
Blaise Castle Estate boasts many picturesque sights and opportunities to enjoy nature across its 650 acre grounds. You can explore the woods, the grasslands and walk all the way up to the castle. Wellies are a must and it’s also the best place to look out for the footsteps of Bristol’s resident giant, Goram. It has a children’s play area too as a treat for younger visitors after they’ve enjoyed their trek around the grounds and there is also a museum on site.