Badock's Wood

Badock's Wood

A nature reserve with woodland, streams and areas of meadow in north Bristol.

Overview

Work starts week commencing 7 June 2021 at Badock’s Wood nature reserve to replace the old wooden bridge over the weir near to the Lakewood Road footpath. The old bridge will be removed once the new wooden bridge is installed.

Access will be limited over the existing bridge while works are taking place. Take alternative routes when this area is closed. Advisory signs and updates will also be put on site.

  • The River Trym flows through the valley.
  • Opening hours: Open at all times
  • Admission is free.
  • Parking is available at adjacent roads.
  • No public toilet facilities.
  • Tarmac paths provide good access for wheelchairs. Visitors with wheelchairs should use the Doncaster Road entrance (phone Bristol Parks if you need a key).

Badock's Wood information leaflet (pdf, 1.4MB) (opens new window)

How to get there

Badock's Wood is in Southmead, north Bristol. It can be accessed from Lakewood Road or Doncaster Road.

Address
Badock's Wood, Lakewood Road, Southmead, BS10

Community support

Friends of Badock's Wood is a group of local residents interested in protecting and enhancing the local nature reserve. The group has regular meetings and organises work days and events.

History

The woodland is probably at least 400 years old. Local industrialist and landowner, Sir Stanley Badock, acquired the woods and surrounding parklands when he bought the Holmwood estate in 1905.

In 1937, he gave part of the wood to the City of Bristol for the enjoyment of local people. It then became known as 'Badock's Wood'.

Awards

  • Site of Nature Conservation Interest
  • Scheduled ancient monument - Round Barrow (Bronze Age burial mound).