Home to a multitude of animals such as the garden warbler, chiffchaff, spotted flycatcher and buzzard, Prior's Wood is the perfect place to get away from the busy town, enjoy lovely nature and flowers or have a family day out.
Ancient woodlands, streams, and plantations can all be discovered in this wildlife-rich wood which once part of the Tyntesfield Estate. The forest turns into a bluebell field during the spring season, and the displays are particularly lovely in the western and southern portion of the wood.
If you are visiting this wonderful phenomenon, then please park sensibly and with consideration for the villagers. There is no designated parking for visitors and laybys are for vehicle passing, not parking. The woods are accessible from Caswell Lane in the village and on entering you will be met by a fork in the track. Take the right fork. This will take you up between fields with stunning views across the Gordano valley, Wales and parts of Bristol. Once into the wood again, you will come to another less obvious fork. The right-hand route is good fun and in places steep but accessible. Here you will find the wood carpeted in wild garlic.
Further on you will come to a stream at the bottom of a slope (probably dry at this time of year). You can walk through the woods on either side of the creek and see the millions of bluebells surrounding you. Alternatively, take the left fork which will take you to the top of the woods, and from there the path to the bluebells is on the right before the fields. Enjoy this amazing spectacle.
The best time to visit the site is from April through November, but it is always accessible. Dogs are permitted, but they must be retained on lead. Public footpaths run through the woods, but they can be muddy and steep. You will reach Prior's Wood in 20-25 minutes when you travel by vehicle. It's going to take about 35 minutes by bus.
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