We visit the ‘untouched’ south Bristol nature reserve with waterfalls, forest trails and duck pond

It has wildflower meadows, woodland and plenty of wildlife

Tucked away in the south Bristol suburb of Bishopsworth lies Manor Woods Valley, a nature reserve with wildflower meadows, woodland and plenty of wildlife, running alongside the Malago stream.

It's an area with a rich history. There were two manors in Bishopsworth according to the Domesday Book of 1086, one of which matches the description of Manor Woods.

Much of Manor Woods became part of Headley Farm in 1600, and the track which led to the farm still exists today.

Whilst Bedminster turned into a densely populated suburb throughout the Industrial Revolution, the land in Manor Woods Valley remained untouched by urban development.

In 1998, Manor Woods became part of the Bishopsworth and Malago Conservation Area which provides additional protection against unsuitable development.

Nowadays, Manor Woods Valley Local Nature Reserve is owned by Bristol City Council and is looked after by the Malago Valley Conservation Group.

A tarmac track runs throughout the length of the site making most of the nature reserve accessible for wheelchairs. Parking is available in surrounding streets.

Here are 18 photos from our visit to Manor Woods Valley:

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