Outdoor Activities

Outdoor Activities

Set in a leafy suburb on the edge of Bristol, Clifton College is in an ideal position to offer outdoor activities. Aside from our excellent sporting facilities, we are also fortunate to have the stunning Avon Gorge and Clifton Downs on our doorstep. We also have the nearby Mendip Hills, the Brecon Beacons, the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley, which offer a range of rivers, cliffs and mountains.

The Clifton College Outdoor Activity Centre is set in the prestigious and stunning surroundings of Bristol’s biggest outdoor sports complex, Clifton College Sports Ground in Abbots Leigh, just a few minutes’ walk from the Clifton Suspension Bridge

It has long been recognised that the outdoor environment provides many opportunities for learning, and many of the activities offered within Outdoor Education at Clifton College facilitate and develop teamwork, leadership, confidence and self-esteem.


Our regular Survival Skills course starts in September. During the 8 week course, children are trained in various bushcraft and survival skills, including:

  • Tracking and stealth
  • Fire, flints and steel friction bow
  • Making shelters
  • Water sourcing, filtering and purification
  • Fish and pigeon preparation and cooking
  • Making string and rope from trees, plants, roots and animal sinew
  • Camp craft
  • Mammal preparation and cooking
  • Plant and tree identification and their uses



Our kayaking course enables children to develop their confidence and skills using the River Avon at Saltford and the school’s swimming pool. Once their skills develop, there will be the opportunity to go on white water rapids at Symonds Yat.

This activity is open to all abilities and instruction will be given throughout. Pupils will also be given the opportunity to undertake their 1 star and 2 star awards. 

Duke of Edinburgh Awards

From Year 10, pupils are given chance to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards scheme. To achieve these prestigious awards, they must demonstrate determination, commitment, organisation, teamwork and physical capability.

More details on the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards website.