GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Willsbridge Mill

1 miles (1.4 km)

This short circular walk visits the picturesque Willsbridge Mill on the Siston Brook in Bristol. The Grade II listed mill dates back to 1712 and was used to grind flour and corn. Today there is a Heritage Museum where you can learn all about the history of the mill. There's also a gift shop and a nice cafe for refreshments afterwards.
There's nice walking trails on both sides of the brook with peaceful woodland, meadows, ponds and a wildlife garden to see as well. The area is part of the Willsbridge Valley Nature Reserve where you can see flora such as bluebells and red campion. There's also lots of wildlife with badgers and foxes to see in the woodland and dragonflies and frogs to look out for around the ponds. Birdlife includes dippers and kingfishers along the streams.
On the southern side the footpaths run along the old Gloucester and Avon Tramway. You can start the walk from the small car park at the site and then pick up the brookside trails heading east.

Postcode

BS30 6EU - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Willsbridge Mill OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Willsbridge Mill Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Dog Walking

The woodland and waterside trails are ideal for a dog walk so you'll probably see other owners on a fine day. The cafe is also dog friendly with treats available.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

You can extend the walk by picking up the River Avon Trail and enjoy a riverside walk along the Avon which runs just past the site.
A few miles north east of the mill there's a bit of a hidden gem at Wick Quarry. The quarry is now a popular place for walkers with the surrounding Golden Valley Nature Reserve great for wildlife and views of the River Boyd.
The town of Keynsham and the Avon Valley Country Park lie a short distance to the south.
For more walks in the county see the Somerset Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Willsbridge Mill - geograph.org.uk - 2104434

Willsbridge Mill

Wildlife Pond at Willsbridge Mill - geograph.org.uk - 1352527

Wildlife Pond at Willsbridge Mill. Not the original millpond (which was destroyed in the 1968 floods) but created by the Avon Wildlife Trust.

Siston Brook - geograph.org.uk - 1855723

Siston Brook

Small Clift Meadow at Willsbridge Mill - geograph.org.uk - 1352536

Small Clift Meadow at Willsbridge Mill. A beautiful example of an ancient meadow, grazed but never ploughed, the presence of large meadow ant mounds is an indicator of antiquity.

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GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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