Festival Way

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Approx. Time:

50 mins


7.5 miles

The fantastic Festival Way connects the town of Nailsea to the heart of Bristol, linking through nearby towns and villages and travelling through the historic Grade 2 listed grounds of Ashton Court Estate.

The route also forms part of Route 33 of the National Cycle Network so is well signposted from Bristol to Nailsea.

  • From the city centre, head along the Chocolate Path (Cumberland Road) and over the newly refurbished Ashton Avenue Swing Bridge towards Ashton Court Estate, via the University of the West of England, Bower Ashton Campus on the left-hand side – Festival Way is clearly marked.
  • Cyclists should use the traffic lights and proceed with caution when crossing the road as there is a bus hub for UWE and road vehicle access to both UWE and Ashton Court can be busy.
  • Once you’ve crossed the road, there is a steep incline as you enter Ashton Court Park. Keep an eye out for the deer in the neighbouring fields and stunning views back to South Bristol.
  • Head sculpture indicates left hand turn off the road onto tarmac path to exit Ashton Court. Cows can be seen grazing in the fields.
  • When exiting Ashton Court caution is required crossing the busy road, loose chippings at path entrance then across a cattle grid on shared walking/cycling tarmac pathway at All Saints Church.
  • Follow the well signposted National Cycle Route (Route 33) around Long Ashton school and out into a housing estate and use the shared use cycle path continues alongside the Weston Road.
  • If you’re feeling the need for a rest, you can stop for refreshments at the Greedy Goose tea rooms and carvery at Gatcombe Farm at the junction of Weston Road and Gatcombe Lane.
  • Once in Flax Borton be aware the path crosses a single track country lane with traffic (not quiet or really busy) but could be an issue if you have children going ahead of you.
  • The next junction has a Give Way sign on a post in addition to markings on the path itself.
  • Follow country road to Backwell Bow following the National Cycle Network signpost along this country road towards Nailsea.

You will arrive at Nailsea Park which is a pleasant park with swings and BMX / Skatepark with nearby shops and supermarket to stop up on supplies for the trip back!

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