Best Walks in Nailsea: A Guide to Getting Out & About Locally
With warmer weather on the horizon, and the evenings getting lighter and longer, the time to start getting out and about in the local area is now. There are numerous walks in and around Nailsea, suitable for a variety of fitness levels. Not only that, but many of our favourite nature spots are looking at their best right now. Spring is in full swing, and we’re here to help you discover some of the best walking routes and sights within stomping distance of our lovely town.
Best Walks in Nailsea…
For the Conservationists
Moorend Spout nature reserve is a beautiful 6-acre site looked after by the Nailsea Environment and Wildlife Trust (NEWT). The group are passionate about restoring wildlife and biodiversity, and have fostered habitats for a wide variety of species. Whether walking round the site with the whole family using the highly accessible paths or just sitting and enjoying the natural delights, any visit to Moorend Spout is always time well spent.
For the Townies
You don’t have to go far to enjoy a pleasant walk in Nailsea – why not have a stroll along the High Street? Rain or shine, the High Street is home to a plethora of independent shops, cafes and eateries, and supporting these local businesses is important! You could even delve into the history of Nailsea by visiting one of our heritage spots like the Royal Oak where the Wurzels recorded their first song, or the stunning sculpture created by woodcarver Andy O’Neill from the diseased towering oak tree that stood in the village green since 1897.
The Ty Sculpture Trail in Towerhouse Wood is a wonderful walk to do with children. Not only can your kids run around and enjoy playing and spending time in nature, but they can also see if they can spot all 14 of the magical woodcarvings. Created as a memorial to Ty Partridge who sadly passed away in 2010 from leukaemia, the trail showcases a range of different species and animal footprints including foxes, hedgehogs, and robins. It truly is a beautiful sight.
For the Bird Watchers
The twitchers among us should consider paying a visit to Backwell Lake this spring. Though the walk around the lake is short – less than a mile in fact – there is plenty to see. Constructed in the 1970s, the lake is home to more than 10 species of birds including grey herons and mute swans. Bats can also be seen flying around at dusk, trying to catch some of the many insects that also thrive in this habitat! Go there for a morning stroll or sit with a book and enjoy the tranquil space – Backwell Lake won’t disappoint!
For the Woodlanders
Not far from Nailsea lies Prior’s Wood. This ancient woodland dates back to the 1600s and was once part of the Tyntesfield estate in Wraxall, now owned by the National Trust. From late April, the southern and western parts of Prior’s Wood are carpeted in a stunning display of bluebells – a true natural spectacle. Some of the paths can be muddy and steep, so it’s important to bear this in mind when planning your trip. If you do visit, you’ll be rewarded with sightings of a range of species, including buzzards, spotted flycatchers, chiffchaffs and more!
For the History Buffs
If you’re a history lover or have one in your family, why not talk a walk up to Cadbury Camp? This 7-acre iron age hill fort boasts views across the Mendips and the River Severn, and was first used throughout the Roman Era and the Anglo-Saxon period. The name Cadbury apparently comes from Cada’s byrig – byrig being old English for fort, stronghold or town. You can park in Tickenham and climb a bridleway to get there, and will be in with a chance of spotting some important rare species of butterflies and moths.
Not far from Nailsea is Goblin Combe, a limestone gorge surrounded by 130 acres of gorgeous natural woodland. Climbs can be steep and vigorous but views from the ridge are truly stunning, stretching across the Mendip Hills. The woodland is home to many species of plants, including ancient yew trees and the rare moonwort fern. Parking is available in Cleeve, but it can be a little limited. Whether you want to do an extensive circular loop and explore everything or just dip your toe in the magic of the gorge, Goblin Combe makes a wonderful morning or afternoon out!
For the Water Lovers
Clevedon is only a 15 minute drive from Nailsea, and from this coastal town you can get on the South West Coast Path. This national trail is the longest waymarked footpath in the UK, stretching for 630 miles from Minehead to Pool Harbour along the coast. If you love being near the water, you could head down to Clevedon for a day and walk a stretch of the trail. With magnificent views over the Severn Estuary, this is the perfect local walk for anyone with a weakness for the waves.