Clevedon Court Woods are pretty, peaceful and picturesque and it’s here that we start our wonderful Nordic walk. Clevedon Court Estate dates back to the 18th century and is owned by the Elton family (The Reverend Sir Abraham Elton helped develop the resort town of Clevedon) and we will see glimpses of their churches and gardens through the trees.
As we exit the woods at the far end we will follow quiet Cadbury Camp Lane into the 17 hectares of Tickenham Hill Nature Reserve. In May the meadow will be blooming with wild flowers and we can enjoy stunning views across Nailsea Moor to the coast.
After descending some steps we’ll start our ascent to Cadbury Camp, looked after by the National Trust and a scheduled monument due to its historical importance. Cadbury Camp is an Iron Age fort also used in World War II as a searchlight battery to seek out enemy aircraft before they could reach Bristol. It is well worth the steep climb to get to the top as there are sweeping views across the Bristol Channel and Somerset. The surrounding meadow here is simply gorgeous at this time of year.
After taking in the views and catching our breath we will retrace our steps into Clevedon Court Woods. We’lll take a different route to pass one of the two cottages in the woods and stop at a viewpoint where we can take in panoramic views of Wales, Portishead, Avonmouth and the Severn crossings. Fingers crossed for a clear day!
The last section of the route is downhill as we continue through the woods. At the finish we’ll have an optional refreshments stop, probably Dot’s Tea rooms a short drive away at Clevedon Craft Centre but this will be confirmed nearer the date.
Date: Saturday 11th May
Duration: 2 & 1/2 hours
Length: 5-6 miles
Meeting Place: All Saints Church, All Saints Lane,Clevedon BS21 6AY
Terrain: Woodland path, steep hills in places, meadows, country lanes, steps (good tread required)
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.