Park walk, Tyntesfield
Tyntesfield, North Somerset BS48 1NXRoute details and mapDownload as a print friendly PDF
Park walk crosses a pasture, a sunken fence known as a ha-ha, and two farm ponds. Take in the views of the gardens before returning gently uphill, along the main drive, and past some wonderful trees and buildings.
- Grade of walk: Flip Flop (easy and lots of fun)
- Type of walk: 'Flora & Fauna', 'Beautiful Views'
- Bus stop
Start: Tyntesfield ticket office, grid ref: ST502717
From the ticket office, follow the path for 55yd (50m) and enter the field on your right via the small gate. Make for the wooden gate about 82 yards (75 metres) in front of you.
Tyntesfield Park is scattered with ornamental trees - oaks, limes, sweet chestnut, wellingtonia, cedar of Lebanon - and still grazed by cattle. It provides the traditional parkland setting typical of country houses in the 18th and 19th centuries. The parkland was probably created when Tyntesfield was first built around 1820. William Gibbs, who bought Tyntesfield in 1843, established most of the present planting in around 1860, and his successors have since added to it.
Great crested newts can be found in the stone lined pond, which was built in the 1890s. Continue down the field, leaving the woodland on your left, until it opens out into a larger field.
Tyntesfield is a Grade II* registered park and garden, listed for its national significance as a garden and park of the Victorian era. The garden has terraces and walks, a former boating pond, and an arboretum called Paradise. Antony Gibbs built the ha-ha around 1890, when they were particularly popular. It's a dry ditch and stone wall which is level with the garden, making it invisible from the house and garden, and providing unbroken views across the parkland. The name is said to come from the exclamations of surprise given when someone comes across one for the first time.
Turn left and head for a group of four trees. This is Luccombe Oaks, the site of some old farm buildings removed in the 1850s.
The drives meet at the houses entrance, which was remodelled between 1863 and 1865. To the right are the stables, rebuilt in 1888. The upper drive passes the chapel that was added in 1873. The sawmills engine house was built in around 1889 to generate electricity for the house and reflected Tyntesfields rise in prosperity. Chaplains Lodge was on the estate boundary until William Gibbs bought more land in 1855. Chaplains House was added between 1889 and 1891 for the Gibbs familys private chaplain. They are now holiday cottages.
Follow the ha-ha, a sunken fence, until you reach the stone path crossing the field. At the start of the ha-ha look out for the remains of an old trolley. This was part of an old tramway which crossed the field to take rubbish to the compost heaps at the kitchen garden.
Follow the stone path to the drive then turn left, following the drive up the hill. There are several interesting trees along here.
At the crossroads continue uphill past the chapel, the sawmill and the Chaplains House and Lodge.
At the crossroads take the track immediately on your left back to the start.
We hope that you really enjoyed this one-mile walk. The National Trust looks after some of the most spectacular areas of countryside for the enjoyment of all. We need your support to help us continue our work to cherish the countryside and provide access to our beautiful and refreshing landscapes. To find out more about how you too can help our work as a volunteer, member or donor please go to www.nationaltrust.org.uk
End: Tyntesfield ticket office, grid ref: ST502717
- Trail: Walking
- Grade: Easy
- Distance: 1 mile (1.6km)
- Time: 30 minutes to 40 minutes
- OS Map: Explorer 155
This is a circular walk meandering gently downhill, through a cattle field, and back to the starting point along the drive. Sorry, but no dogs are allowed on this particular walk.
- How to get here:
- By bus: First 361, Bristol to Clevedon, stops on B3128 at entrance. First 354, Bristol to Nailsea, stops on B3130 at foot of drive then 15 minute walk to reception
- By train: Nailsea and Backwell, 1.5 miles (2.4km)
- By car: 7 miles (11.3km) south-west of Bristol on B3128. M5 southbound exit 19 via A369 (towards Bristol), B3129, B3128. M5 northbound exit 20, B3130 (towards Bristol), B3128. Brown signs from exit 19 and 20 of M5
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