This walk visits a pretty nature reserve in Abbots Leigh in North Somerset.
The walk starts in the village of Abbots Leigh, just west of Bristol and the Avon Gorge. You could also use the small free car park off Manor Road if you prefer. From the village you can then follow footpaths a short distance to the south west to reach the nature reserve. Here you'll find a number of woodland trails running around the pool at the centre. The area has some history having been part of a series of pools used by medieval monks for the practice of farming for fish. The site is also good for flora and fauna with wild flowers, ferns and rhododendrons to see on your visit.
PostcodeBS8 3RR - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Abbots Pool Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Abbots Pool Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Abbots Pool OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Abbots Pool Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Back in Abbots Leigh there's The George for some post walk refreshment. The historic pub dates back to 1719 and includes a particularly lovely walled garden area for warmer days. Inside there are cosy fires for the winter months. They have a great menu and can be found on Manor Road at postcode BS8 3RP for your sat navs.
The woodland trails make for a fine dog walk so you'll probably see other owners on your visit. Please note dogs are not allowed in the main pool. There is a smaller pool and some streams for them to go for a dip though. The George mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Head east into the Avon Gorge and you can pick up more woodland trails in Leigh Woods. You could also pick up the River Avon Trail and visit the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge. There's also some fine trails on The Downs on the eastern side of the river.
The circular Failand Walk starts from the nearby village and visits the pool. It also passes close to the splendid Ashton Court Park and Tyntesfield House which are well worth a visit.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Somerset Walks page.