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Lamplighter’s Marsh

  • Vipers Bugloss © Natural England
    Vipers Bugloss © Natural England
  • Lamplighter's Marsh
    Lamplighter's Marsh
  • Bee orchid © Natural England
    Bee orchid © Natural England
  • Lamplighter's Marsh
    Lamplighter's Marsh
  • River Avon at dawn
    River Avon at Dawn

This little haven alongside the River Avon has strong links to Bristol’s maritime and industrial past. Highlights include the Georgian houses, a riverside pub dating from 1760 and the ‘yellow brick road’ winding through Lamplighter’s Marsh Nature Reserve which features some scarce species.

The Severn Way footpath and cycleway runs alongside the river and passes through the Lamplighter’s Marsh local nature reserve where the path is known as the ‘yellow brick road’. In the nature reserve you can find viper’s bugloss, moth mullein, hornet moth and other scarce or notable species.

Plant species such as sea couch are influenced by the nearby Severn Estuary and bee orchids grow in the daisy field between the railway and the Portway.

It’s a favourite spot for birdwatching. Curlew and redshank can be seen along the river at low tide. A Cetti’s warbler was reported here in 2015.

Don’t Miss

  • Birdwatching and looking for scarce insects and plant species in the Lamplighter’s Local Nature Reserve.
  • Walking along the Severn Way footpath alongside the river towards the M5 Bridge or go in the other direction towards Bristol.
  • Taking children to the playground beyond the Lamplighter’s Inn.
  • Visiting the Lamplighter’s Inn for a drink or a meal.

The Friends of Lamplighter’s Marsh are a local group helping to improve the nature reserve. New members are welcome. Please email

Getting There:
You can travel to Lamplighter’s by:

  • The Severn Beach railway to Shirehampton station.
  • The 902 Park & Ride bus from Bristol Centre (request stop at Station Road).
  • Cycle – satnav BS11 9XA (Lamplighter’s Inn).
  • Car – satnav BS11 9XA (limited free parking on the road; pub car park behind the pub if you’re a customer).

Did You Know?

William III, also known as William of Orange, landed at the site of Lamplighter’s Inn upon his return from Ireland after the battle of the Boyne.

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