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North Somerset Council has closed Abbots Pool nature reserve in Abbots Leigh following increased concerns for public health and issues with environmental damage and anti-social behaviour.

A beautiful, little, secluded woodland walk just outside of Bristol. This is a great place to visit any time of year as the woodland paths lead you around the central large pool. There are established paths throughout – a mixed variety of flat, hilly or paved. Dogs used to be allowed to swim in the main pool, but recently (autumn 2018), signs have been put up stating that dogs are not allowed in. There is, however, a small pool and stream for dogs who feel the heat and love to get their paws wet. There are also picnic areas dotted about for lunch in a gorgeous setting. Abbots Pool Woodland has a public bridleway running through it which links Manor Road and Sandy Lane. This bridleway forms part of the National Cycle Network Route 334, so watch out for horses and bikes when your dog is off lead.

There’s a small, free car park on site, alternatively, you could park down the road or near the local pub and have a leisurely stroll to the pool. There aren’t any public toilets on site.

Abbots Pool Woodland is also a great spot for wildlife – deer, bats and birds can all be seen here and most of the area has been designated as a local nature reserve.

A short walk, approx. 1 hour to explore. Or you could have a picnic and stay for a while longer!

Want a longer walk? You can extend this route further by walking to West Tanpit Wood.

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Manor Road
Abbots Leigh


Free car park on site, but space is limited

Paws for thought

Horses on route

Pawfect partner