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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.
How did Failand get its name?
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.