Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Facilities & access
Contact details

Opening hours

East Harptree offers 24 hour access, 365 days a year. 

The car park has a height barrier set at 1.98m ( 6.6 feet).

How to find us

How to find us
East Harptree, Priddy , Bristol
Sat Nav Postcode: BS40 6DA
By Car

Off the B3134 heading towards East Harptree. 

OS Grid Ref

51.284749152829, -2.6352167129517

Parking and prices

There are no parking charges at East Harptree. 

Additional information

Number of accessible parking spaces: 0

There are no designated accessible parking spaces at this forest, have you seen our Easy Access trails page?

Facilities and access

The car park has a height barrier set at 1.98m ( 6.6 feet).

Dogs allowed

Contact details

Discover this small conifer woodland with historic interest, situated in the Mendip Hills

Visit East Harptree to see the historical Smitham Chimney, a relic of Mendip's industrial past. The Cornish-style chimney survived when the site closed in 1875 and was saved from complete destruction in 1973 by The Mendip Society and Somerset County Council.

In front of the Chimney there is a pond where you can see dragonflies in the summer months. There are also fine views of the Chew Valley from the grassland area nearby.

The project to improve the area around the chimney is a partnership between Forestry England, the Mendip Society, the Mendip Hill AONB Service, Countryside Agency and Aggregate Industries.

At a glance 

  • Industrial Smitham Chimney 
  • Walking trails 

Things to do

Walking in the woodland is the perfect way to get some fresh air and explore some of the area's most beautiful landscapes.

Follow the short hard-surfaced walking trail from the car park to the Smitham Chimney. 

Nearby forests

A path running between autumnal trees

Renowned for its nightjar and long-eared owl populations, there is no shortage of wildlife to see if you enjoy bird watching.

There is a medium sized car park, a small number of picnic benches and a circular easy access trail.

Generic autumnal tree

Ashton Hill offers 148 acres of mixed woodland for you to explore, including a magnificent stand of Californian Redwoods (Sequoia).

Formally part of the nearby Tyntesfield Estate in Wraxall, many of the larger trees in the woodland date back to the 19th century.


Conifer tree trunks looking up

Located on the outskirts of Bristol, escape the hustle and bustle of the city centre with a visit to Wraxall Piece. 

Enjoy a pleasant woodland stroll or leisurely dog walk in this peaceful woodland. 



Path through the trees

The variety of woods, glades and wide sunny paths encourage a richness of wildlife and special plants including Bristol rock cress and Bristol onion. There are spectacular views over the Avon gorge.

Accessed via an avenue of copper beech trees, planted to commemorate the Queen's Coronation in 1953, the medium sized car park is the ideal place for starting off on a walk in these woods. There are also a number of picnic tables throughout the woodland.

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