Rhododendron Walk

Passing by Goram’s Chair, Tarn Lake, Beech Cathedral, Lily Pond, Rhododendron Walk, Rustic Lodge, Woodman’s Cottage.

Technical sheet
No. 4434503
A Bristol walk posted on 17/12/20 by Aurelie-21. Update : 17/12/20
Calculated time Calculated time: 1h20[?]
Distance Distance : 2.44mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 289ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 312ft
Highest point Highest point : 315ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 85ft
Moderate Difficulty : Moderate
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Bristol
Starting point Starting point : N 51.505129° / W 2.636452°
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(D/A) Start at Blaise Cafe. Walk towards the Blaise Castle House, along the surfaced path with play area on left hand side. At path junction near house bear right onto a path leading slightly downhill. Continue on the surfaced path down into the gorge with iron railings on left hand side.

(1) Cross over Mill Bridge at bottom of the hill, and take surfaced path running parallel to Hazel Brook. Continue past Tarn Lake, following the path along Hazel Brook Drive passing under Goram’s Chair and then up a slight hill with Beech Cathedral rising majestically to the left. Pass Lily Pond and cross the brook. Nearing the brow of a small rise, bear left off the drive, down some steps leading to the brook.

(2) Turn left, crossing concrete sluice. Bear right following the brook, looking out for a flight of steps flanked by a stone wall on the left. Proceed up steps, known as Jacob’s Ladder. Fields on the right are part of Cherry Orchard Farm. The wall turns left at the top. Keep on the path until you reach a gap in the wall. Walkthrough this with Henbury Golf Course now on your right. The walk continues across the top of Beech Cathedral, with fine views through the trees into the Gorge below.

(3) Continue to a pair of rocky outcrops, again on your left, which form Goram’s Chair. Here there are fine views across the Gorge to the Castle and Lover’s Leap. Do not venture out onto the rocks. Continue until you reach a wooden bench with the scenic viewpoint towards the Bristol Channel and Wales. Continue on the same path, past an old boundary stone inscribed CB 1904, until you reach two felled Beech trunks. Bear left here and you are now in Rhododendron Walk planted in 1830, and which continues until you reach the main drive with Rustic Lodge on your right hand side.

(4) Turn left and follow surfaced path past Woodman’s Cottage and continue down into the gorge.
At the bottom cross over Mill Bridge, and then back up to Blaise Castle House and Cafe.(D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 180ft - Blaise Cafe
1 : mi 0.41 - alt. 194ft - Mill Bridge
2 : mi 1.05 - alt. 85ft - Concrete sluice
3 : mi 1.36 - alt. 246ft - Rocky outcrops
4 : mi 1.69 - alt. 279ft - Surfaced path
D/A : mi 2.44 - alt. 180ft - Blaise Cafe

Useful Information

The walk uses both surfaced paths and woodland trails covering a mixture of terrains. Includes steep ascents.

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During the walk or to do/see around

Blaise Estate is a Grade II listed historic landscape with recorded human activity dating back 2,000 years. It became a ‘pleasure park’ to a variety of wealthy private owners and has been influenced through the landscape designer Humphrey Repton. It was purchased by the Corporation of Bristol in 1926 for £20,175.

The Heritage Lottery funded a project to restore this historic landscape and public park – an investment of approx £6.5 million. Visitor facilities including a café, play area and performance space have been introduced whilst the historic nature of the site has been conserved. These circular guided walks have been developed to provide reassurance and information for those who wish to experience all the estate offers. This includes spectacular views, the castle folly, lakes, scheduled ancient monuments, the 18th Century mansion, unique rock formations and designed landscape features.

Varying in length, all walks will contain relatively steep ascents/descents. Care should be taken on cliff edges and steep slopes.

Why not end your walk at the Cafe with a freshly made coffee and a slice of homemade cake. Open daily serving hot and cold snacks, drinks and a large variety of ice cream.

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