Walks

These walks were pioneered by Ivor King and are available from The Resource Centre, Baltic Place, Pill, North Somerset, BS20 0EJ at 50p per copy.

Walk 1- Cross Lanes, Common Lane, Summerhouse Wood, The Bottoms

This is a pleasant circular walk of just over 2.5 miles with a few gentle gradients.  At the highest point of just over 300 feet above sea level, panoramic views can be enjoyed of the Welsh hills and the Severn estuary.

Walk 2 – Watchhouse Hill, Ham Green, Markham Brook, Brookside Playing Field

This is a pleasant walk of 3 miles with two short climbs and 13 stiles. The paths are well waymarked and distinct.

Walk 3 – River Avon Trail, Paradise Bottom, The Grotto, Abbott’s Pool and Happerton Farm 

A circular walk of about 7.5 miles that can be started at any stage. It includes stretches of river-side, woodlands, tarmac road and fields but only two stiles! There are a few easy climbs but the footpath up through Paradise Bottom is a bit strenuous. There are a few muddy paths – mainly the lower section of Paradise Bottom and around the stone bridge at Abbots Pool, so wear sturdy walking boots – trainers would be most unsuitable. Go prepared and you will enjoy the walk

Walk 4 – Pill, Abbots Leigh, Abbots Pool, West Tanpit Wood, Lower Failand, Pill

A nice walk of about 6.5 miles taking in Abbots Leigh, Abbots pool, Tanpit Wood and Lower Failand. There are 17 stiles and a number of pedestrian gates to negotiate.  There are few gentle slopes and one steep gradient to climb.  As with all previous walks, stout walking shoes or boots are advised. (You may wish to catch a bus to start at 1)

Walk 5 – Easton-in-Gordano, The Bottoms, Windmill Hill, The Downs School, Children’s Hospice, Priors Wood, Portbury

A very nice walk of a little over 6 miles through bluebell woods (in May), a couple of steep climbs and some pleasant vistas.

Walk 6 – Kings Arms, Oakham Farm, The Downs School, Failand Hill House, Lower Failand Farm, Rudgeleigh Inn, Kings Arms

A walk of about 7 miles with a number of stiles and kissing gates, just one steep ascent , open fields, wood and two pubs.


Longshore Walk

Port apprentices make walking easier – footpath along historic sea bank restored.

Port of Bristol apprentices have been working with members of the Pill community to restore a half-mile section of footpath along the historic sea bank next to the River Avon at Pill Longshore. The footpath had become difficult to walk because many parts of the sea bank had fallen away making the surface very uneven.

‘People were complaining that it was dangerous. In several places there were holes you could fall into but these were difficult to see because of the long grass,’ said community member Peter Milner. ‘So we are very grateful to the Port Company and the apprentices for their help in sorting this out.’

The apprentices have worked over several days to construct timber reinforcements under
the supervision of Richard Vincent. Working with community members Roger Hawley and
Arthur Taylor the reinforcements have been back-filled with earth and the grass and bushes cut back.20150604_110151 crop[1][1] (1)

The path, which takes walkers towards the mouth of the river, is now an easy journey.
There are great views and area is rich in wildlife. There is a seat at the end so people can take a
rest before returning. If you want to try it, you should walk out from Pill along the cycle path.
After passing under the motorway turn right. Walk beneath the M5 bridge,
then under the railway arch. Take the track on the left and follow
the Port boundary fence towards the river.

Turn left past the red gate. The footpath splits away from this track at the ‘Wildlife Corridor’
sign and goes on to a dead end where there is a bench and an information board.

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