Hi Everyone. Hope you are all doing okay in lockdown still! This week I explored walking in Backwell which isn’t too far from where I live. I have never walked in Backwell before so I thought it was a good place to go and blog something different for you all. 👍
To begin with, I started off this walk by parking the car on a road called ‘Church Lane’ in Backwell. Backwell is a village 30 minutes from Bristol City. I walked along the road and bared round to the right side. There was a stile which lead me into the forest area which is the start point of the walk. I continued to walk through the forest area for around 10 minutes. I then came to a second stile, a sharp right turn and followed this path which then took me to large open fields with amazing views.
Once I was at this field it was difficult to know where to go or which path to take. I decided to walk directly across to the other corner of this field. I did this because I could see a monument. When walking a monument can often be used as an object to mark a place in a walk. When I had reached the other side there was a gate to walk through to the monument. On the gate, there was a sign which said ‘Jubilee’s Stone Wood Nature Reserve’. To my right was a path, straight in front of me another path with a wooden sign saying ‘Permissive Path’ and to the left another. I decided to talk the left path, if I had turned right or taken the other path in front I wasn’t sure if it would take me down to where I started.
The left path was pretty with lots of woodland areas! I passed a place where ‘Woodland Coppicing’ takes place. This is common within the area in which I live. Woodland Coppicing is a traditional method of a woodland management technique of repeatedly felling trees at the base and allowing them to grow, providing a sustainable supply of timber. It can be dated back to the Stone Age by the discovery of Neolithic, wooden trackways which have been constructed entirely from coppiced material.
After continuing to walk I came across a wooden signpost with the words ‘Backwell Environment Trust’ on the top. This showed me a map of the ‘Jubilee Stone Wood Nature Reserve’ which also had paper maps which you are able to take with you. I took one of these to look at the route I had come across. Directly opposite there was a field which looks like a different route or possibly leads back to the field I had come from.
As I walked on I came across a few landmarks which I have taken photos of to share with you all so you can look out for them!
I also went past a gate on my left side, I didn’t take this route, I carried on the path baring to the right side. I walked on and came across a stone wall which had a narrow path.
I came across a sign I could see. This was the site of the ‘Warrener’s Cottage’. After looking at the site I continued through the woodland.
Whilst walking I came across the monument again to my right, this showed the route I had taken is a loop around and back. I carried on following the path until I reached a road.
I crossed directly over the road and came to a signpost on a tree which said ‘ Badgers Wood Nature Reserve’.
As I walked up I came to a lookout view place which had a wooden signpost with the information of the Badgers Wood Nature Reserve. This lookout place overlooks the view of the old quarry of Backwell.
To the right, there was a path which if I am right in thinking leads you to carry on with the ‘Jubilee Stone Wood Nature Reserve’ walk, however, there was another stile to climb over to the left, next to the bench, which lead to the ‘Backwell Route’. I chose to take this way to walk a little further.
This walk lead me out onto open fields with lots of cows in and lead me around the other side of the old quarry. There were a few gates and stiles which I went through but I followed the path straight ahead keeping to the right side near to the fencing which is in place to stop people walking near the edge of the quarry!! 😳
Partway through the third field, I think it was, (there were a lot of fields I walked through so I can’t quite remember!), there was a string fence to my right which was low enough that people can step over it to the path on the right. This path on the right was easy to see, it starts to head downhill. Once I had got to the end of this path there was the signpost for the Backwell Route which was good to see. It is good to see these signs when you haven’t seen any for a while to know you are on the correct route! I took the left path along here which eventually lead down to a gate.
Through this gate, I came next to private property’s which were real countryside houses and gardens. I would like to have a property like this one day! I carried on walking down the road straight ahead of me which eventually lead to the main road. Once I was here I knew where I was! I took a right turn and carried down the road until I reached Church Lane. I took this right turn down this road and walked along until it took me to the other end where I had parked the car.
This route was a long walk so be prepared with a bag of essentials as I’ve mentioned in my other blogs. Pack items such as food, water, first aid kit, sun hat, sun cream, a jacket and anything else you may need.
On the photo of the map which I used I have tried to point out a couple of key points which may help. The arrow which I have drawn shows the A370 through Backwell which takes you to Church Lane, the turning on the right. The small dot on the map shows where I parked my car, the small lines with the star shows the entrance to the walk and the large dot shows the road I followed coming back onto the A370. The road I walked along to join the A370 was called ‘Hillside Road’. The photo to the side of the map shows the paper map which I told you about.
Hope you all enjoyed this blog! I have lots more to share with you all 😀.
Sorry if there are too many photos but I wanted to include everything I had to help all you guys out! 👍😅