Pill & Easton-in-Gordano Parish countryside

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This area, bisected by the A369 is bounded by the villages of Easton-in-Gordano & Pill to the north, the valley of the Markham Brook to the east and the 'Bottoms' (with its un-named stream) to the west.

The Bottoms (set in a mini- gorge) was once a semi-industrial extension to the village of Easton-in-Gordano with a quarry, water mill, cottages and (it is said) street lighting. Cut off by the construction of an embankment to support a new section of the A369 in 1970s, all the buildings are now lost or ruins buried thick woodland.

Climbing up through Summer House Wood to open farm land you gain a grand view which includes the western fringes of Bristol and the Bristol Channel to the east, north and west – to the south you are looking across rolling countryside to Failand Church with its distinctive spire.

You might like to seek out the Glebe Pond, newly restored by residents. Because the pond has a rock bottom, carts and carriages were driven into the water here so that wooden spokes and rims could have a good soak, expand and fit more tightly together.

If you arrive by bus you can easily walk out from either of the villages on a number of footpaths. See OS Get-a-map in LH column. There are food shops in Pill and pubs serving food in both villages. The Rudgleigh on the A369 also serves food.

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How to get here

OS Map Explorer 154 – marker at ST523751, The Bottoms at ST513750, Glebe Pond ST516753
By bike: National Cycle Path 41 (Bristol - Avon Bridge) passes through Pill. A spur route 33 will take you to Portishead.
On foot: You can walk out on footpaths from the villages of Easton-in-Gordano or Pill (Get-a-map LH column)
Bus: 358 or 359  Bristol – Portishead through Pill weekdays approximately every 30 mins. The 357 goes along the main road and will stop at The Rudgleigh on request.

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