GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Ashton Court Walks

3 miles (5 km)

A short circular walk around one of England's most popular country parks. The Ashton Court Estate is located near Bristol and is comprised of 850 acres of woodland, parkland and gardens. Highlights include Ashton Court Meadow nature reserve which contains a wide range of flowering plants. There is also a deer park and Clarken Combe - a woodland area with a range of plant species.
The park is also good for cycling with National Cycle Route 33, known as the Festival Way running through the park. In the park there are two very good mountain bike trails. There is a blue (moderate) grade route with small rock steps, rollers (bumps) and berms (banked corners). There's also a more difficult red graded route for experienced mountain bikers.

Postcode

BS41 9JN - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Ashton Court Park OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Ashton Court Park Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The National Trust village of Failand is just to the west of the estate. There's a nice circular walk to try here taking you to the local bluebell woods and the delightful Abbots Pool. Tyntesfield House is also nearby and well worth a visit.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Somerset Walks page.

Photos

Ashton Court Mansion in Ashton Court Estate - geograph.org.uk - 570535

Ashton Court Mansion. Ashton Court Estate was acquired by Bristol City Council in 1959, but the place has a long history. There is clear evidence of the ridged strips of Saxon fields, but with the coming of William the Conqueror the area was transferred into Norman ownership. In 1392 Thomas de Lyons was granted a licence to enclose his lands and make a park, the foundation of the modern one.

Ashton Court Estate (geograph 3711863)

View from one of the high points in the park. During the 16th century Ashton Court was bought by John Smyth, a merchant from Small Street. He and his descendants gradually enlarged, rebuilt, remodelled and reconstructed various parts of the house. In 1939 it was requisitioned by the War Office, used in turn as a Transit Camp, RAF HQ and American Army Command HQ. The last Smyth owner died in 1946 and for 13 years the house, already in disrepair, lay empty. When the City Council bought the Estate much expensive work had to be carried out. Gradually considerable conservation and restoration has been achieved and is still continuing.

Ashton Court - the rose garden in June - geograph.org.uk - 2191284

The rose garden in June.

Deer grazing on the Ashton Court Estate - geograph.org.uk - 474676

Deer grazing on the Ashton Court Estate

Eastern slopes of Ashton Court estate, Bristol - geograph.org.uk - 1603403

Eastern slopes of the estate. The old, red brick Tobacco Bonds are in the middle distance with the A4 main road running around them over the Plimsoll Bridge.

Looking down on Ashton Court mansion - geograph.org.uk - 2191290

Looking down on the mansion.

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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