Well-loved by local residents, this area is an important green-belt space for wildlife and the surrounding community. There are a number of footpaths to meander along, with some leading towards woodland and longer walking routes.
This green space is home to Hanham Community Play Area and is good for dog walking, picnics and having a kick-about.
The official village green for Hanham includes a children’s play area, shelter, pavilion, and football pitches. The Common is the venue for the annual fayre which features a dog show, stalls, car-boot sale, music, children’s fairground rides and vintage car display.
There are many pathways to explore through these woodlands. You may come across the ruins of old buildings, like the ‘powder house’ at the bottom of Hencliff Wood, which housed dynamite for local quarries and the railway. Stone for the piers of the Clifton Suspension bridge was quarried here.
Originally part of Kingswood Chase – a royal hunting forest – the park is now a public green space. The moat is bordered by the ruins of the large mansion that stood there until around 1740. One of the original outbuildings, the large cruciform tithe barn, was converted in the late 1980s into a public house.
This home ground for AEK-BOCO F.C. has grass pitches for football, cricket and mini soccer as well as being an open space for all to enjoy.
Dundridge Park sits on a large plateau and offers big open spaces for walking, picnicking and play. Stroll through the beautiful tree-lined pathway and spot squirrels and birds among the branches.
The river path and surrounding woodland is home to kingfishers, cormorants, owls, foxes, deer and a bat cave.
Lush and green, the south-east facing slope of the Ridge is a hidden oasis of pleasant walks and unrivalled views over Bristol. Discover grassland, woodland and two ponds which are home to birds, butterflies, badgers and foxes.
Hanham Mount commemorates the persecution of the Baptist community in the 1600s. John Wesley, inspired by George Whit eld’s open-air preaching style, gave the city’s first al fresco sermon on Hanham Mount in 1739. A beacon was installed in 1951 (replaced in 2007).
Magpie Bottom, so called because of the families of magpies that roost here, runs along the Stradbrook. There are several woodland trails and overgrown paths in addition to the main pathways that cross from north to south and east to west. There is a green with goal posts and other, smaller grassy areas dotted around. Towards the bottom of Magpie Bottom you will find a fresh water spring that flows into a pond – a haven for wildlife.