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Brown's Folly
for bat caves and Bath asparagus

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.

What 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.

Further information

The Bath stone quarries show good geological features and are a valuable insight into the area's industrial past.


Some paths are muddy in winter. Take extreme caution when approaching rock faces. Mines must not be entered.



Download our Bat Podcast

A podcast providing information about the history of the Folly, its management and about the bats that reside on the Brown's Folly reserve.


  Getting there by
Bike View a location map of the reserve on the National Cycle Network website.
Public transport Go to www.traveline.org.uk

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.


Further information
Reserves in this area
Look for...

Bath asparagus

Greater horseshoe bat


Pyramidal orchid
Ian Chambers

Song thrush

reserve map
reserve map
Reserve map National Cycle Network
Location details
Grid ref
ST 798 663
Area 38.5 hectares
Nearest postcode to reserve BA15 2QP
(0.161 km from grid reference)
Ways into wildlife

Browns Folly is one of our Top 10 nature reserves!

Download a detailed walk for this reserve here (PDF).

Download the full Top 10 Reserves Guide (PDF).