bluebells in the spring
Prior's Wood was once part of the
Tyntesfield Estate. Ancient woodland, streams and plantations
can all be found in this wildlife-rich wood.
to look out for
The woodland cloaks part of the Carboniferous
limestone ridge that runs from Clevedon to Failand
in the Gordano Valley. Small-leaved lime trees, oak
and hazel are abundant, and in places mature sweet
chestnut reach high into the canopy. In spring the
woodland floor is a spectacular carpet of bluebells,
particularly in the southern and western parts of the
Prior's Wood is rich in bird life,
including buzzard, garden warbler and chiffchaff. Spotted
flycatcher is also recorded in most years.
This site was purchased from the Children's
Hospice South West with support from Viridor and
YANSEC, local parish councils and donations from members
and local people.
Some of the paths can be muddy, slippery and steep-sided. Keep to the waymarked paths.
||View a location map of the
reserve on the National
Cycle Network website.
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Travel into the village of Portbury on the High Street from the A369. Turn right onto Station Road, and then turn left onto Caswell Lane, before the road bends sharply to the right. Travel for roughly 240m (passing the entrance to Prior's Wood on the left beside the Old Lodge House) and park in the layby just past the last house on the right out of the village. Walk back to the entrance.