The Clifton Down and Durdham Down, locally called ‘The Downs’, are a vast area (162 hectares) of protected parkland in the city of Bristol. At The Downs you can go:
- dog walking,
- running (including numerous charity races),
- sightseeing (beautiful views of the famous Clifton Suspension Bridge),
- outdoor sports,
- exercise classes (such as John Clayton’s Full Body Fitness class),
- festivals (such as the Downs Festival, Pride and the Foodies Festival),
- and much more.
The Downs are open and free at all times. You can park on the Downs or walk to them easily from Clifton, Ashton Court and lots of other surrounding areas. A great day out would be to take the dog for a walk at the downs and finish with lunch at one of the many dog-friendly eateries in Clifton (such as Saffron, the Avon Gorge Hotel, the Square Kitchen and Racks). You can then easily walk down Whiteladies Road and Park Street into Bristol City Centre for more.