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Royate Hill

Two disused railway embankments linked by a brick viaduct to make a city centre nature reserve

The railway embankment creates a varied local topography with long and short, steep and gentle slopes. The habitats on the site range from limestone flora on the embankment top, to flower rich grassland, developing woodland and scrub on the embankment sides. Species such as ox-eyed daisy, mouse eared chickweed and bee orchid have been recorded at the site.

Hedgerows, a stream and an old orchard are also present within the reserve boundary.

The embankments were constructed in the early 1870's to form part of the Clifton Extension Railway. They span 450 metres in a shallow curve from Edward Street in the north west, to Clay Bottom to the east, crossing Royate Hill and the Coombe Brook at their centre.

The site was compulsorily purchased by the former Avon County Council in 1996, following a five-year high profile campaign by local people to save it from development.

Species and habitats

Grassland, Woodland

Nearby nature reserves

Coombe Brook Valley
1 miles - Avon Wildlife Trust
Brandon Hill Nature Reserve
3 miles - Avon Wildlife Trust
Stockwood Open Space
4 miles - Avon Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

St Edwards Road, off Royate Hill B4469
Map reference
ST 617 748
Best time to visit
Apr - Aug
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1.61 hectares
Local Nature Reserve (LNR)
Site of Nature Conservation Importance (SNCI)

Public footpath leads up to this site and along to the embankment footpaths. Slopes are steep so care must be taken. Fairly steep steps lead up to an embankment footpath. Can be strenuous and not allow access to all. Sides are steep so caution needs to be exercised
Walking information
Fairly steep steps lead up to an embankment footpath. Can be strenuous and not allow access to all. Sides are step so caution to be exercised
Parking on St Edward Street
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Avon Wildlife Trust
Tel: 0117 917 7270
Avon Wildlife Trust