Explore Willsbridge Mill with these pictures belowExplore Willsbridge Mill with these pictures below
Explore Willsbridge Mill with these pictures below

11 photos of the ‘magical’ Bristol woodland with fairies, pond wildlife and sculpture trails

If you’re looking for some outdoor magic with the family, here’s the place to go in Bristol

Drive past it and you wouldn’t know it‘s even there. Willsbridge Mill is an enchanting oasis of wildlife hidden within a valley surrounded by modern development - and it is well worth a visit for all the family.

Located off a dip in the A431 between Longwell Green and Bitton, the woodland can be accessed via a small track (although motorists are urged to park on a layby on the main road).

Heading down the track you approach a large court yard area dominated by the large stone Willsbridge Mill, which was constructed back in 1712 and later used to ground flour.

Almost opposite it is the popular Willsbridge Mill Community Refresh cafe, run by a not-for-profit voluntary group. But the best part is what’s surrounding these old buildings.

On the right-hand side is a fairy woodland created in 2020. There is also a wildlife garden and small pond which is open all year round. Then, behind the mill, is the mill pond and access to Siston Brook.

And to help people explore the mill and its grounds, as well as the surrounding valley, is a QR trail which can be followed on a mobile phone. Here’s 11 photos from our visit today (June 20).

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