A nature reserve in south west Bristol with wildflower meadows, woodland and plenty of wildlife, running alongside Malago stream.


  • Opening hours: Open at all times
  • Admission is free.
  • Parking available in surrounding streets
  • No public facilities at Manor Woods Valley Local Nature Reserve. The nearest public toilets are at Bridgewater Road (opposite 13, Brunel Road) and Sainsbury's, Winterstoke Road.
  • A tarmac track runs through the length of the site, offering good access for wheelchairs. Footpaths through the woods are more informal.

How do I get there

Manor Woods Valley is in Bishopsworth, south west Bristol. Access is from St Peter's Rise or Vale Lane both right off of Hartcliffe Way.

Manor Woods Valley, Vale Lane, Bishopsworth, BS3 5XX

Google map of Manor Woods Valley

Community support

The Manor Woods Valley Group Go to https://manorwoodsvalley.org/ (opens new window) is actively involved in the management of Manor Woods Valley Local Nature Reserve and organises a variety of events and talks throughout the year. 


According to the Domesday Book of 1086, Bishopsworth had two manors. The description of one the manors matches the modern Manor Woods.

In 1600, much of Manor Woods became part of the Headley Farm and the track which led to the farm still exists today. Throughout the Industrial Revolution, Bedminster turned into a densely populated suburb, however Manor Woods remained a strip of land surrounded by urban development.

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


Site of Nature Conservation Interest