Attention dog walkers in Bristol: have you ever wondered where to take your dog for a walk in Bristol or just fancied going somewhere different? Here is a list of dog parks in Bristol that you and your dog can go without having to worry about being thrown out. However, remember that you should always comply with the house rules of any public space.
Leigh Woods National Nature Reserve is is a 2 square kilometre area of woodland on the south-west side of the Avon Gorge. There is plenty of free parking, picnic tables for warmer days, information boards and well marked trails for walkers and cyclists to follow. A great place to escape from city life and enjoy nature with your doggy for a while.
Eastville Park is a Victorian city park with lots of green, open space to play fetch with your dog or enjoy a picnic. You can walk down to a nice pond/lake in the park where there are swans, ducks, herons etc. and you can follow a path along the River Frome where your dog can go for a swim. The path ends at Snuff Mills, another park in the north Bristol area of Stapleton.
Conham River Park and Avon River Trail
Conham River Park is a small park and it won’t take long to get around, however, there are plenty of different paths and benches for picnics. There’s also some caves to discover that are homes to bats. Not far from the car park is a ferry stop to cross the river to tearooms which are open in the summer (although dogs are not allowed inside, there is a nice outside area). Here you and your dog can admire the surrounding woodlands and fields. You can walk for as long or short as you wish along the Avon River Trail, all the way to Bath and beyond if you are up for the challenge. If your dog enjoys swimming, there are spots along the river where they can get access to it and have a splash around.
Blaise Castle Estate
Ashton Court Mansions and Gardens
Ashton Court Mansions and gardens are just outside of the city centre but in the middle of the countryside. 850 acres of park and woodland, it’s a popular walk but so big you can easily find your own space. For when you need a break there is a lovely café with dog water bowls at the mansion. Ashton Estate is also a deer park, although they are fenced in, just be aware.
Horfield Common offers open field to walk your dog along, from the fields known as Golden Hill right along to those opposite the Horfield Sports Centre, just be sure your dog comes back to you when you call them as there are no fences!
Although Lovers Walk is only short, it is a lovely one. The walk starts from a bridge which crosses the train line. As you continue, Cotham Gardens, a small Victorian park, can be seen on your left. The walk upwards takes you through a long arch of Oak trees and Victorian black lamps. A great place to let your dog have a run around but, again, be careful as it is next to a road.
Narroways Hill is situated just north of inner-city Bristol in the area of St Werburghs. It is a little grassy & wooded ridge dissected by railway lines. A place where you can get a great view of Bristol while walking your dog.
The Downs is one of the biggest green spaces in Bristol with beautiful views of the Avon Gorge, Suspension bridge, Leigh Woods and the Severn Estuary. It is a great place to take your dog for a run around and for days out in the summer.
St Andrew’s Park
For dog walkers in the north of the city, St Andrew’s Park is a great place for a walk with your pooch or for a picnic in the summer. There is lots of green space with old trees and a wildlife area.