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Rolling countryside with small fields and woodlands divided by hedges and sunken lanes

Escape to a rural retreat just a few miles south-west of Bristol, where'll you discover fantastic views from the ridge across the Severn estuary to Wales and north back to Bristol. Enjoy peaceful woodlands and babbling brooks.

There's lots of walking to be enjoyed along the network of footpaths, and the woods are filled with flowers in spring; look out for great displays of bluebells, ramsons and stitchwort. Failand has a wide range of mature trees including some more unusual types such as cedar, sequoia and cut-leafed ash. The woods are a great place to build dens or play in the streams.

Walking with your dog

There are great walks for both two legs and four

There are great walks for both two legs and four

This is a great place to walk with your dog. The area is largely pasture land grazed by cattle and sheep, with some arable land and several deciduous woods. Please help the farmers by staying on the footpaths and keeping your dogs close by your side.


How did Failand get its name?

One of the great trees of failand

One of the great trees of failand

The origin of the name 'Failand' is uncertain. The earliest forms of the spelling are 'Foeland' and 'Foiland'. 'Feoh' was used in connection with a fee or payment for cattle lands as well as being an Anglo Saxon name for cattle. This seems most likely because of the surviving remains of ancient field systems found on the Failand ridge, confirming the area as one used for grazing and farm land, as it still is today.

The history of Failand

Leisure use of Failand started with the Fry family. They encouraged the public to explore their land, which has numerous rights of way. It is typical of the few early 'public walks' provided for working people.