Ashton Court Loop

Ability lvl:

Moderate

Approx. Time:

1.5 - 2.5 hours

Length:

6.6 miles

Cycle over the world famous Clifton Suspension Bridge, visit the country park close to the heart of a city at Ashton Court and find a quiet off road cycle path.

  • Queen Square
  • The Chocolate Path is so called because the surface resembles a giant chocolate bar!
  • Ashton Avenue Swing Bridge was originally a two tiered bridge with railway on the bottom deck and a now non-existent top deck that carried road traffic out of Bristol before the Cumberland Basin road network was built.
  • The Smyth family who were major landowners in south Bristol first developed Ashton Court in the 17th century. The Mansion house has sections that date back this far.
  • Clifton Suspension Bridge was completed in 1864 to a design by Brunel. Unfortunately he had died in 1859 so never saw it completed.
  • Arguably the most famous rank of houses in Bristol is Royal York Crescent. Completed in 1820 they give fantastic views.
  • The Great Western Dockyard where the SS Great Britain now sits was where it was originally launched from in 1843. It returned home in 1970 after sitting derelict in the Falkland Islands for many decades.

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