Walcombe Slade and the Avon Gorge

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Avon Gorge from the Sea Walls

Above the Avon Gorge a view upstream from the Sea Walls. The Sea Walls are at the northern end of the gorge at the top of the Black Rocks cliff shown on the last two photos below.

The Gully in Walcombe Slade is one of three foot paths and one road (Bridge Valley Road) that run up to Clifton Down from the River Avon in the gorge. Walcombe Slade is a small valley just before the Black Rocks cliff at the Sea Walls end.

In Saxon times the valley was called 'Eowcumbe' or Yew Combe.

Rocky outcrops at the top of the valley
Rocky outcrops at the top of Walcombe Slade. The top portion of this path is very steep, potentially dangerous if you slip so watch out if you walk down it!

Walcombe Slade

Air vent for the Clifton Down railway line
Clifton Down railway tunnel air vent. Below the air vent its a easy walk down to the Portway (A4).

Eowcumbe - The valley of the Yews
View of the start of Walcombe Slade from the Portway. Part of the Black Rocks cliff just visible on the left hand side of the photo.

High tide on the River Avon below, the photo above and below were taken on 9th of April.

The Avon Gorge looking back to the Black Rocks
Downstream view of the River Avon and Gorge to the Sea Walls above the Black Rock cliff. There is a pedestrian crossing near here, if you wish to walk up Bridge Valley Road.

The Avon Gorge looking back to the Black Rocks
Again looking back up the Gorge to the Sea Walls above the black rocks (okay grey in this light). This time from a footpath running from near the top of Bridge Valley Road. You can see a similar (but less overgrown) photo from 2004 at high tide.

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