The magnificent woodland of Belmont Hill (Ashton Hill plantation to the locals) is right on our doorstep but very little known. A picturesque 148 acre (60 hectare) mixed woodland with conifers, broadleaves and areas of ancient woodland as well as a magnificent stand of Californian Redwoods (Sequoia).
This area was formally a part of the nearby Belmont & Tyntesfield Estates in Wraxall. Consequently, many of the larger trees were planted in the 19th century. The Giant Sequoia grove dates from this period of estate landscaping.
The owner of the Belmont estate in 1804, John Penrose Seymour, bought Tyntes Place and his eldest son built a mansion, constructed in 1820. This was sold to the Gibbs family in 1843. Then in 1863 William Gibbs began a huge rebuilding programme to create Tyntesfield as it is today. The Belmont estate broke away from the Tyntesfield estate when the National Trust purchased Tyntesfield in 2001. So there is plenty of history in the area.
For those interested in the Belmont Estate (a working estate that sells fine quality meat, wood, charcoal etc) and local area, please click here.
We have put together a circular two hour walk, starting and finishing at Gatcombe farm shop, to show you this lovely wood with good tracks and some majestic Redwood trees.
Gatcombe farm has a fabulous farm shop & parking. The farm has the Greedy Goose Tea rooms & Carvery if anyone fancies a cuppa & cake or a lovely lunch!
Date: Sunday 14th July 10am
Walk Leader: Lorna
Duration: 2 hours
Distance: Approx 5 miles
Terrain: Woodland paths, fields and tracks,some climbs. There may be muddy sections so good footwear essential.
Meeting Point: Gatcombe farm shop, Weston Rd, Flax Bourton, Bristol BS48 3QT
Meeting Place: Walton Park Hotel – Wellington Terrace, Clevedon, BS21 7BL – don’t park in their car park, there is free parking in the road there or at the end of Robin Lane.
All cancellations will be automatically credited to your Bristol Nordic Walking account. Please note you will not receive any refund if you cancel 72 hours before this walk.