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The Downs consists of Clifton Down and Durdham Down - two large, historic, adjacent grassed green spaces of about 400 acres. Although on the edge of the city, the Downs feels like open countryside, with their wide views of the Avon Gorge, Leigh Woods, north Somerset, the Severn estuary and across to south Wales. The Downs are one of Bristol's most historic and popular open spaces, used for sport, big public events, wildlife spotting and healthy exercise by residents throughout Bristol.
Location and layout
The Downs are situated on the North West of Bristol, about 2 miles from the City Centre, at the top of Whiteladies Road (A4018). If travelling from north Bristol, Westbury Road leads to The Downs. The Downs covers a wide area north of Clifton Suspension Bridgealmost to Henleaze and Westbury on Trym. The wide grassy green spaces are edged with mature natural woodland and popular residential districts.
The Downs are open permanently. Nearly all parts of the grass areas of the Downs are flat and fully accessible to wheelchair users with no obstacles. Many of the paths along the western edge of the Downs bordering on the Gorge are narrow and have steep inclines or steps.
Community, clubs and associations
Friends of the Downs and Avon Gorge (FOD+AG) was set up in the autumn of 2008 following a response to a Bristol City Council initiative. To contact the group - email; firstname.lastname@example.org
Downs Tree Trail
Explore the fantastic trees of the Downs - download the family friendly leaflet about this interesting, fun trail from the related documents section below.
Green Flag Award
The Downs has won the prestigious Green Flag Award, a recognition and reward for the best green spaces in the country, high environmental standards and a benchmark of excellence in recreational green areas.
Management and maintenance
The Downs has been managed by the Downs Committee since the 1861 Clifton and Durdham Downs (Bristol) Act (see below). The Downs are still administered by the Downs Committee whose members are appointed in equal numbers by the City Council and the Society of Merchant Venturers. The committee passed the byelaws to preserve the quality of the site and its landscape. If you have any comments, queries or concerns about the management and maintenance of this site, please contact Bristol Parks on the contact details below and we will ensure your information is promptly actioned.
Have Your Say - Consultation on Downs Management Plan
Bristol Parks, on behalf of the Downs Committee, is preparing the first management plan for Clifton and Durdham Downs since the Downs were dedicated to the people of Bristol in 1861. The recent survey of local residents and users of the Downs has just finished and we'd like to thank all those who participated. Click here to find out more .
You can call Bristol Parks on 0117 922 3719 or email: email@example.com Monday to Friday 8.30am - 5pm (4.30pm Friday). Alternatively you can text us on 0771 039 6713 to report flytipping, graffiti, or make any other comments about Bristol's parks and green spaces. Please provide as much information and specific details as possible about the location attaching any supporting photographs. We will only call you back if we require further information.
- Avon Gorge and Downs Wildlife Project - preservation of local rare species on the Downs and Avon Gorge
- Discover The Wildlife of The Downs - download pdf of map of wildlife on The Downs
- Bristol Harbour - homepage for Bristol Harbour
- General information - more news, information and initiatives from Bristol Parks
- Healthy Living - how to get fit and stay healthy in Bristol's parks and green spaces
- Park Life - download our evergreen guide to activities in your local park
- Useful links - to online information relating to parks, green spaces, planning, wildlife, conservation and sustainability, both locally and nationally.
- Wildlife - where and how to spot wildlife in Bristol and its city centre
- The Downs Management Plan - download pdf of The Downs Management Plan
- The Downs Management Plan - maps - download pdf of background maps used in The Downs Management Plan
- The Downs Landscape Character Areas Map - download pdf of The Downs Landscape Character Areas Map
- The Downs Landscape Character Assessment - download pdf of The Downs Landscape Character Assessment
- The Downs History Final Report - download pdf of The Downs History Final Report February 2006
- The Downs History Final Report short version - download pdf of The Downs History Final report February 2006 short version
- The Clifton and Durdham Downs (Bristol) Act 1861 (pdf, 53 Kb)
- The Downs Byelaws (pdf, 39 Kb)
- Previous User Survey All Results 2004-5.pdf (pdf, 66 Kb)
- Previous User Survey Executive Summary 2004 5 (pdf, 132 Kb)
- Downs Consultation Issues and Options (pdf, 632 Kb)
- Downs Landscape Character Strategies and Guidelines (pdf, 183 Kb)
- Downs Stakeholdes Notes of Workshops 2005 (pdf, 150 Kb)
- Explore the trees of the Downs and Avon Gorge on this Downs Tree Trail (pdf, 785 Kb)
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