Towerhouse Woods is a lovely woodland walk. It is quite small but definitely worth a visit. The thing that makes this walk stand out is the unique bubbling pool and the sculpture trail. The main entrance on Tower House Lane, but if driving, access can also be found from Jacklands Fishing Lakes off of the B3130 Clevedon Road.
A circular walk will take you through the semi-natural ancient woodland to the small pool which is always bubbling because of the gas continually rising to the top. Great fun to watch!
The most memorial aspect of this walk is the sculpture trail – dedicated and created in the memory of Ty Partridge, who grew up in the house at the corner of Towerhouse Wood and died suddenly of Leukaemia, aged 21. You can find out more about Ty on the Ty Sculpture Trail website, which has a beautifully illustrated map and details of Ty’s life and why the woods meant so much to him and his family. It’s very moving and fitting tribute.
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‘Fields surrounding the wood were occupied in prehistoric times and old lime kilns west of the wood show a long human involvement with the area.
The ground flora includes ancient woodland indicator species suggesting that woodland has existed here for centuries, at least since 1600AD, possibly much longer.
Pollarding the oak and coppicing of ash and hazel indicate past management of the wood for timber.’
ParkingThe best place to park is at Jackland Fishing Lake on the Clevedon Road. There's a big car park as well as a tea shop serving delicious homemade cakes, jams and trout pate. The owner's names are Caroline and Andy and if you tell them you're going on the Trail they will be very happy to accommodate you. Even happier if you buy a cup of tea!
Alternatively, you can park in Nailsea and walk across the fields (10 minutes), or the layby at the bottom of Towerhouse Lane and walk up to the main entrance (10 minutes) - Info from Ty Sculpture Trail
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