Nowhere and Back
From the railway bridge at Parkway Station, New Road the old road, runs SW and was known as three quarter mile, or the mile straight. This road from Stoke Gifford to Filton, replaced an older road which ran to Conygre Farm in Filton. New Road has also been replaced, for through traffic, by Brierley Furlong.
Sun Life Lake
A new pathway winds around the artificial lake. The water tapped for the lake is also the source of the little stream which winds its way behind New Road to Stoke Brook. The path follows the route of the old church path to Harry Stoke Road. The public footpath is diverted via Church Road and Westfield Lane.
Before crossing Harry Stoke Road into the field, turn right for 50 metres to the post box in the wall. Over the wall is the old farm pool, with a resident moorhen. The big farm building was one of several in the Stoke Gifford Parish. Harry Stoke Farm was renamed The Paddocks early this century.
A place where the three parishes joined Stoke Gifford, Winterbourne and Frenchay. On the original map boundary lines were not quite accurate. If it is not in any of the other parishes, it must be nowhere; was the quote. Future maps were drawn correctly, but the name stuck.
Rock Lane Turning left over a stile and crossing first Hambrook Lane, then the railway lines by the bridge, the new footpath cycleway is on the east of the old hedge. In Rock Lane, there was a tiny stone cottage covered in roses with the name of 'God's House'.
This wood was planted during the 19th century. It stands on a piece of land originally known as Hales Common, and may have been named in honour of Harry Sherbourne, who was living at Watch Elm at the time of the 1851 Census ‑ he was described as a nephew. The largest trees are three protected Turkey Oaks at the top of the wood, but look for the felled Poplar close to where the cycle path enters the wood from the south. Several of its off-spring are growing nearby. This wood is an excellent place to see bluebells in spring.
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