Go bonkers for conkers in Bristol’s nature-rich Downs


Celebrate autumn’s bounty with a game of conkers in beautiful Bristol parkland.

Bristol has plenty of easily-accessible countryside and green space and The Downs is one of the biggest green expanses in the city. Bordering the gorgeous suburbs of Clifton and Redland, this huge area of protected parkland sits on the edge of the city within walking distance of major attractions such as the Clifton Suspension Bridge and Bristol Zoo Gardens.

Fantastic for picnicking, football, dog-walking, kiting, nature-spotting and a leisurely stroll, come autumn it’s also one of the best places in Bristol to find conkers. Intrepid conker hunters should head for Saville Road, with its wealth of Horse Chestnut trees, from there head towards the Sea Walls end for stunning views of the Avon Gorge, Leigh Woods and Severn Estuary. Keep eyes peeled for swifts, redwings and swallows and ears pricked for lions and gibbons (you can often hear them from the zoo).

The World Conker Championships take place in England every year, so collect a few, take them home and get practising.

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