Walking

Walking trail

Watercatch walk at Tyntesfield

Walking trail

This is a circular walk full of historical and natural interest. Watercatch walk takes you past an old single avenue of Monkey Puzzles, a summerhouse, Watercatch and old Second World War remains, before descending down a wooded combe and back along the main drive.

Learn about the forgotten past of Tyntesfield

Grade of walk: Walking Boot (steep/rocky); Type of walk: 'Beautiful Views', 'Flora & Fauna'.

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Map

Map route for Watercatch walk

Start:

Tyntesfield ticket office, grid ref: ST502717

1

After leaving the ticket office follow the path until you reach a set of crossroads.

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2

Turn left and head up the drive leaving the woodland on your left. This plantation is planted with Douglas fir, Sitka spruce and Corsican pine. There are also cherries. At the top of the woodland a track leads off to the right around the top of the field.

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3

Follow this track for 435yd (400m). You'll pass a single avenue of monkey puzzle trees, and a gate. Carry on through the gate and past Summerhouse Cottage. Opposite the cottage on your right is the summerhouse, which was used in the past as a picnic area for shooting parties in Victorian times. Have a look through the window - you'll see a table made from a slice of oak tree. You'll eventually reach a five barred gate in the wall on your left.

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4

Go through the gate and walk diagonally to your right, to a metal fence post. This fence surrounds an asphalt water catch installed here in 1890, to provide Tyntesfield house with a soft water supply.

5

Continue diagonally across the field to a line of trees, by these trees are the remains of large Nissan huts which were used by the Americans during the Second World War. The camp was used to service and modify vehicles for D-Day.

6

Now retrace your steps back to just before the summerhouse.

7

Just before the summerhouse you'll see a combe or dry valley, going downhill to your left, follow this until you reach the drive.

8

Turn right and follow the road back to the Ticket Office, passing Chaplains House and Lodge, which was built for the families chaplain to live in.

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End:

Tyntesfield ticket office, grid ref: ST502717

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Watercatch walk at Tyntesfield

Terrain

This circular walk takes you over grass verges, stony tracks, rough pastures and finally a steep wooded combe. The terrain can be uneven under foot in places. It can also get muddy when wet.

Dogs on leads are welcome.

Watercatch walk at Tyntesfield

Contact us

Watercatch walk at Tyntesfield

How to get here

Address
Tyntesfield, North Somerset, BS48 1NX
By train

Nailsea and Backwell, 1.5 miles (2.4km).

By road

Tyntesfield is 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.

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 minutes walk to reception.

Watercatch walk at Tyntesfield

Facilities and access

  • Dogs on leads are welcome