Wooded valley with a beautiful waterfall. Perfect spot for bluebells in Spring, diverse plant species, birds and butterflies.

Location

Public Footpath
Hallatrow Hill
Hallatrow
Bristol
BS39 6EE
A static map of Stephen's Vale

Know before you go

Size
1 hectare

Grazing animals

Nearby yes

Walking trails

Paths are very steep for the less mobile.

Access

There are multiple public footpaths through site, but the land is very steep. Access through Greyfield Wood or via the footpath next to Bridge Cottages on the A39 in Hallatrow. Paths are very steep for the less mobile. Please contact the Trust for disabled access information.

Dogs

Dogs permitted

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

March to November

About the reserve

The woodland surrounding Stephen's Vale was originally the hunting woods of the Earl of Warwick. The beautiful woodland is awash with bluebells in springtime and brightly coloured leaves in the autumn. Popular with walkers, the highlight of the woodland is the waterfall. For ease of access, it is best to approach the waterfall from the downstream side. The steep sides of the valley have a varied woodland ground flora including wood anemone, moschatel (townhall clock), goldilocks buttercup and hairy woodrush. The slightly acidic character of the woodland flora reflects the sandstone rocks which underlie the valley. Outcrops of the reddish rock are obvious on the steepest slopes. Damp areas on the valley floor have the locally scarce small teasel plus carpets of opposite-leaved golden saxifrage and a stand of the huge-leaved butterbur. The stream is clean and well oxygenated with a stony bed, ideal for dipper and grey wagtail, both of which can be seen here. Interesting insects include the dark bush cricket and the bloody-nosed beetle, so named because of its habit of excreting a red blood coloured fluid from its mouth when disturbed. Brimstone, painted lady and red admiral butterflies can be seen in sunny areas. The site was donated to the Trust in 1995 as a gift from FBG Trident Limited. Management of the reserve is carried out by the Avon Wildlife Trust in partnership with the Cam Valley Wildlife Group.  

Contact us

Avon Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 0117 917 7270

Environmental designation

Local Wildlife Site (LWS)
Site of Nature Conservation Importance (SNCI)