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Walks in and Around Portishead

Portishead Woodland WalkPortishead has a varied terrain, with hills, woodlands, nature reserves and coast paths. Many have stunning views over the Gordano Valley and over the Bristol Channel to the Welsh hills. Use these walks to keep your family fit by exploring the area.

Several websites list walks around Portishead. We're building a list of all the walks, a single resource to make it easy to choose one suitable for you.

If you know one we've missed, find a new walk, or take a stunning photograph, submit it to us and we'll publish it.

Portishead Strollers

Portishead Strollers are a friendly group of walkers who meet fortnightly on a Monday morning at 11am. Starting points rotate between Parish Wharf Leisure Centre, the Lake Grounds Cafe and Waverley Court and walks last around an hour. The walks in Portishead are quite varied and can range from the coastal path alongside the Bristol Channel to strolling around Portishead Quays Marina or through East Wood. To inject some variety the group adds additional walks away from Portishead which can include Bristol Harbourside, the grounds of Blaise Castle and exploring Tyntesfield in Wraxall. 

Find out more from Anne Brain at annembrain@gmail.com or Michael Watts michaelwatts3139@btinternet.com or if you do not have email access call 01275 848281.

Easy Walks

Easy walks are short-ish, and on the level. With no stiles and few steps, they're pushchair and wheelchair accessible.

Priors Wood

A walk at nearby Portbury, known for its extensive bluebells in spring, when you can sometimes buy teas at a house near the entrance to the woods. The Priory, Portbury is nearby for refreshments of another kind.

Duration: 1.5 hrs; OS grid ref: ST490 745, PDF on Avon Wildlife website

Weston Big Wood

An easy walk through woodland, great spot for wild garlic in spring. Refreshments are about a mile from the entrance on Valley Road, at The Ship (up the hill, turn left twice) and The White Hart (down the hill, turn right).

Duration: 1.5 hrs; OS grid ref: ST456 750; PDF on Avon Wildlife website

Moderate Walks

Moderate walks are longer, not usually level, and you'll probably manage a light pushchair. They may have stiles and steps and are not wheelchair accessible.

group walking near black nore lightBlack Nore Lighthouse Walk

This walk takes you along the Portishead to Clevedon coastal path as far as Black Nore Lighthouse, it is approximately two miles and is fairly easy going but can be slippery if wet – watch out for roots and rocks.

Duration: 1.5 hrs round trip; OS grid ref: ST461 768, walk instructions

Clapton Moor Walk

This walk provides a great opportunity to see wetland wildlife and enjoy delightful views of the Gordano Valley. There's parking, food and drink at the Black Horse, Clapton in Gordano.

Duration: 2.5 hrs; OS grid ref: ST458 735; PDF on Avon Wildlife website

barn owl over the nature reserve pagePortbury Wharf Nature Reserve

There's a wealth of wildlife to see on the marshes, lakes and coastline at Porbury Wharf. It lies between Portishead and Porbury and there are four access points, two with small carparks at the Portbury side.

  • From Portishead, Marina Walk and the Village Quarter
  • From the Portbury side, Sheepway, and Wharf Lane

Duration: variable; OS grid ref: follow the links on our Nature Reserve page

Difficult Walks

Difficult walks are long, may require some scrambling, and you may need to carry small children at least part of the way. Definitely not wheelchair accessible.

woodland view part way round the walkPortishead to Clevedon Through Local Villages

This long walk takes in woodlands, pathways, crosses a golf course and passes through two small villages, both with interesting churches. You'll also pass the White Hart, in Weston-in-Gordano.

Duration: 6.5 hrs; OS grid ref: ST456 758, walk instructions.


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