Pill Longshore

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Follow the public footpath along the Pill Foreshore west of the village. You will be walking across saltmarsh, an area flooded or partially flooded on the highest tides. Under the M5 bridge and after a short detour the path returns to the saltmarsh but takes you up on to the sea bank. At the end of the path there is a seat and notice board giving local information.

The final stage of the the footpath requires some caution. Although it's level it's not quite easy walking – the ground is uneven with the surface hidden by grass, so please take care. The long grass when wet can soak a pair of trousers and make for uncomfortable walking – choose a dry day for this trip.

You'll find yourself in an area dominated by large dock buildings, cranes and wind turbines but with a view across the Bristol Channel to the Welsh hills. This can be a strangely peaceful place. 

There are plenty of small birds in the bushes and reed beds that you pass and when you reach reach the end and if it's low tide you may see redshanks, shelduck,  curlews as well other ducks and waders.

There is a local guide which you can download here.

The pin on the map shows the position of the seat at the end of the path.

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How to get here

You can park in the centre of Pill Village, by the Green or around the Creek. There are also shops, pubs and a cafe here. You can use the loo in the Community Resource Centre in the shopping centre if you ask.

Bus service X2 runs half hourly from Bristol Centre to Portishead weekdays and reasonably regularly at the weekends.

Cycle route route 41 comes down the Avon Gorge from Bristol to Pill and then, after meeting route 26 from Portishead, heads north over the Avon Bridge. There are cycle stands in Pill precinct shopping centre or take your choice but the Longshore footpaths aren't really suitable for cycling.


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