Standing high above the river Avon
with commanding views towards Bath, Brown's Folly has
flower-rich grasslands and ancient woodland on the remains
of old Bath stone quarries.
to look out for
The extensive remains of Bath stone quarries provide
a rich variety of wildlife habitats. A delightful downland
flora has covered the spoilheaps where wild thyme,
harebell and nine species of orchid - including the
rare fly orchid - are found. The old mines offer a
safe sanctuary for the threatened greater horseshoe
bat, while damp cliff faces support a fascinating variety
of ferns, fungi and spiders.
Pockets of ancient woodland on the
lower slopes are home to woodpeckers, and unusual plants
such as Bath asparagus.
The Bath stone quarries show good geological
features and are a valuable insight into the area's industrial
Some paths are muddy in winter. Take
extreme caution when approaching rock faces. Mines must
not be entered.
A podcast providing information about the history of the Folly, its management and about the bats that reside on the Brown's Folly reserve.
From the A363 Bradford Road, turn onto Bathford Hill (by the Crown pub). Follow the road for roughly 1000m, passing the Bathford Cooperative Shop and The Clothes Horse. Then turn right onto Prospect Place which leads up a steep, narrow road to Monkton Farleigh. The car park is near the brow of the hill on your right. Please be aware that there is a 2.2m height restriction barrier.
Reserves in this area
Greater horseshoe bat
Pyramidal orchidIan Chambers
National Cycle Network
ST 798 663
Nearest postcode to reserve
(0.161 km from grid reference)
Ways into wildlife
Browns Folly is one of our
Top 10 nature reserves!
detailed walk for this reserve here (PDF).