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Willsbridge Valley
for streamside wildlife and a sculpture trail

Willsbridge Valley on the edge of Bristol is an oasis of wildlife amongst modern housing estates. The valley was once the site of milling, quarrying and a coal dramway.

What to look out for

The valley contains many habitats. The woodlands are at their best in spring, full of bluebells, red campion and the sounds of birdsong. The ponds are important homes for frogs, toads and dragonflies, and dippers and kingfishers may be seen on the stream.

Foxes and badgers also live in the valley and noctule and greater horseshoe bats feed on the many insects in the valley. You can learn about the history of the valley by following the heritage sculpture trail.

Download our Public letter re Willsbridge Mill


Wheelchair access via Willsbridge Hill to most of valley.

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

The story of Willsbridge Mill

Find out more about the history of Willsbridge Mil here


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

Travel to Longwell Green and continue on the A431 towards Bath. There is limited parking by the Mill buildings, therefore we ask visitors to use the visitor car park. The Visitor car park is signposted from the A431 and is located on Long Beach Road. Access to the reserve and buildings is along a signposted footpath.

For disabled parking, please follow signs from Willsbridge Hill, and park in the designated spaces.

Download directions here.



Further information
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Look for...

Wood anemone
Emma Foulerton

Beautiful demoiselle

Keith Giles


Grey wagtail


reserve map
reserve map
Reserve map National Cycle Network
Location details
Grid ref
ST 663 706
Area 8 hectares
Nearest postcode to reserve BS30 6EX
(Willsbridge Mill)
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Ways into wildlife

Willsbridge Valley 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).