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West Tanpit Wood Trail
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.5/5)

Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Easy

Trail Waymarking:

There are four natural wood waymarkers along the way, each with a different design

Length of trail:

0.75 miles

Trail is currently open


Trail description

Trail marker in West Tanpit Wood, Bristol

A short walk through the woods can be started from the small car park.

Follow the forestry track then turn right at a carved waymarker onto a woodchip path. After a footbridge the path is mainly unsurfaced until it rejoins the forest track.

The small building next to the footbridge is an old pumphouse which provided power to transport water from the brook, via a set of cast iron pipes, to local buildings and troughs on the Failand Estate. The pump was in operation as recently as the 1950s

What do other visitors say?

4 Stars 4 Stars

Walking upstream, where the stream broadens out there is a track uphill to the right which leads to fields with a good view out to the severn crossings etc. Just off this side path, about halfway up a few yards to the left of the path is what looks like a stone grave marker. I could not make out the inscription which seemed to be a name and the date 1775. Is there anything known about this?

Anonymous, 2/Apr/2016

The area you describe sounds like it is actually on National Trust land (they also own sections of this woodland). I would advise that you contact the National Trust regarding this. I believe their regional team are based at Tyntesfield. Thank you

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

I walked around the wood today - what a wonderful place. I am an amateur geologist so I was looking at the contact between the Sandstone and the Limestone and hence the spring line. Are you aware that one of the streams has a rare Tufa dam on it? In Gloucestershire, the existence of these structures has resulted in the designation of the site as an SSSI.

Richard Kefford, 8/Dec/2015

Thank you so much for bringing this to our attention. We will record this feature on our GIS system. The relevant people have been notified. When undertaking forestry operations we work to ensure that water quality is not affected.

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What's Here?

  • Walking
  • path can often be muddy by the stream
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OS Grid ref: ST524731

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