Bennett’s Patch and White’s Paddock
Know before you go
Dogs must be kept under control due to the recent planting of seeds and trees across the site. Public footpaths access the whole reserve. Some pathways are on hillsides and can be muddy when wet. Access for all trails allow access for wheelchairs and pushchairs. There are a variety of walking options avaliable within grassland and woodland. Pedestrian access to the site is available at all times from the Portway; through Old Sneed Park Nature Reserve (via Bramble Drive or Glen Avon Park) and through Bishops Knoll Wood (off Bramble Lane). If you are coming by car on a non-event day, please park on Bramble Drive, Glen Avon Park.
An Access for All trail runs through the site. Pedestrian access to the site is available at all times from the Portway; through Old Sneed Park Nature Reserve (via Bramble Drive or Glen Avon Park) and through Bishops Knoll Wood (off Bramble Lane).
When to visit
Opening timesPedestrian access at all times. Access to car park, cafe and facilities during publicised event days only. Please check our event listings for dates:
Best time to visitMarch to October
About the reserve
Bennett’s Patch and White's Paddock Reserve in the Avon Gorge was created as part of celebrations marking Bristol’s year as European Green Capital in 2015. Join us to celebrate Bennett's Patch and White's Paddock 1st birthday on Sunday 24 April 2016! We welcome you to come and enjoy music, nature walks and family fun and games. You’ll be able to admire the magnificent ‘Bristol Whales’ art installation and of course there will be cake. Wildlife The Avon Gorge is an essential wildlife corridor for foraging species including several species of bat, and is home to badgers, hedgehogs, slow worms and some truly unique plant species. We transformed the 12-acre neglected former sports facility into a wildlife haven, planting wildflower meadows, over 4000 trees to create a native woodland and three wildlife ponds. In the last year alone, we have spotted: 42 different species of birds 22 species of butterflies 118 species of flowering plants & 29 trees and shrubs Inspired by our work? Join us as a member to protect our region's beautiful wild places and add your voice to our growing 17,500 strong membership, from as little as £2.50 a month.