A bit of planning will help you get the most from the trail, with minimal walking and travel cost. The trail itself is completely free. This page gives details of parking and public transport serving our trail area.
With the large number of visitors we have, we strongly recommend using public transport (or bicycle) to visit the trail. It is easy to get various cheap unlimited travel passes on the buses to visit us. See further down under public transport.
However, this section tells you about parking in our fairly new parking scheme areas. These notes apply only to the days of our Trail (ie Saturday and Sunday)
There has been much publicity about parking in the area of our Trail, but actually there is a reasonable amount of space and MOST of the areas are FREE on Saturdays and Sundays. Even where there is meter parking on Saturdays, the first half-hour is FREE (though you do have to get a ticket from a machine). See below for details, which refer only to Saturdays and Sundays, ie the days of our trail.
See a map of all parking areas
In the links below, the code in brackets (eg CV) shows what appears on the roadside signs as there are different areas. Parking tickets are valid in any area marked with the same code. Full details of each parking section are shown on the map itself.
FREE PARKING on roads marked GREEN or MAUVE in North Clifton (CV)
FREE PARKING on roads beyond the very central Clifton Village area marked GREEN or MAUVE;
METER PARKING on SATURDAY ONLY on roads marked GREEN or MAUVE (* first half-hour FREE); FREE on SUNDAY in Clifton Village (CV)
FREE PARKING on roads marked GREEN or MAUVE in Clifton East (CE)
METER PARKING on roads marked GREEN or MAUVE?on SATURDAY ONLY (* first half-hour FREE); FREE on SUNDAY in Clifton Wood and Hotwells
FREE PARKING on roads marked GREEN or MAUVE in Spike Island/ South Hotwells
FREE PARKING on roads marked GREEN or MAUVE in Cotham South
FREE PARKING on roads marked GREEN or MAUVE in Cotham North
FREE PARKING on roads markedGREEN or MAUVE in Redland
FREE PARKING on roads markedGREEN or MAUVE in Kingsdown
With the large number of visitors we have, we strongly recommend using public transport to visit the trail.
Bristol Temple Meads is served by the 8 and 9 bus services BUT THESE CHANGED RADICALLY in 2017. They run at frequent intervals and these are the best buses for much of the trail. The number 8 serves Clifton and the number 9 serves Redland and (sometimes) Clifton. The number 505 links Hotwells, Clifton, Cotham and Redland with the Long Ashton Park and Ride. Please note that the former 901 service has been cancelled. For convenience I have included Monday to Friday even though the trail is just on Saturday and Sunday.
First bus have various useful guides:
There is also the Ferry from the Centre to Hotwells