GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Brandon Hill and Cabot Tower

1 miles (1 km)

This pretty park and nature reserve is located in the centre of Bristol. It's a splendid place to go for a stroll with a wildflower meadow, ponds and the impressive Cabot Tower. You can climb the 105 feet (32m) high tower for panoramic viewsover the city.
The park is good for wildlife spotting. Look out for frogs, toads and newts in the pond and birds such as blackcap and jay in the woodland area. You can also try the tree trail and learn about different species of trees in the park.
If you would like to continue your walking in Bristol then you could pick up the River Avon Trail and follow it to the nearby Leigh Woods. Here you will find a nature reserve with miles of peaceful woodland trails.


BS1 5RR - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Brandon Hill and Cabot Tower OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Brandon Hill and Cabot Tower Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head north of the park and you could visit The Downs. This large area of parkland is a popular place for walkers in the city. Other walks you can pick up in the city include the Bristol and Bath Railway Path, the Bristol Circular River Walk and the Bristol Triangular City Walk.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Somerset Walks page.


View SE from Cabot Tower - - 916856

View SE from Cabot Tower in 1982. Showing the Council House and Cathedral amongst many other features

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Brandon Hill Nature Park. This is the entrance to the park from Jacob's Wells Road.

Bristol bh ct from wildlife park

Brandon Hill park with Cabot Tower, from the nature reserve.

Bristol, Cabot Tower - - 854093

Standing in Brandon Hill park and nature reserve, the Cabot Tower was built in 1897, the quatercentenary of John Cabot's departure to America from Bristol.

Looking WNW from the Cabot Tower - - 151151

Looking WNW from the Cabot Tower. Taken from up the Cabot Tower on Brandon Hill looking WNW towards Clifton. Breaking the skyline on the right-hand side is Christ Church, Cliftonand left of the middle just below the horizon is the Clifton Suspension Bridge. The building in the middle of the photograph is Manor Hall (University Hall of Residence). And the foreground is Brandon Hill leading down to Queen Elizabeth's Hospital, an independent school.

Cabot Tower with Old Gas works in foreground - - 1018788

Cabot Tower with Old Gas works in foreground. The Old Gas Works site has been cleared of toxic contaminants and is due to be redeveloped. Note the new pontoons on the waters edge.


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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