Walton Common

Walton Common is an Avon Wildlife Trust (AWT) reserve located between Portishead and Clevedon.

 It is a calcareous grassland reserve surrounded by woodland renowned for wildflowers and butterflies.



There are views of the Gordano Valley and, above the quarry, across the Severn Estuary.

You may come across the small herd of Dexter cattle who graze the reserve.  Dogs must be kept on a lead.

Key Species

Butterflies: 24 species were recorded in 2023.  

These included  Dark Green Fritillary, Common Blue, Brown Argus, Marbled White, Small Skipper, Large Skipper, Ringlet, Small & Large White, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Small Copper & Painted Lady.

Walk leaflet

For further information, please download our walk leaflet. 

Thank you to Dave Horlick, volunteer warden at Walton Common for his help with this information.

Species you may see

Please check the flight times for any species you particularly want to see.  (species pages)

March & April

Orange Tip, Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue

May & June

Brown Argus, Common Blue, Marbled White

July & August

Gatekeeper, Skipper - Large & Small, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Silver-washed Fritillary


Red Admiral, Comma, Peacock


Nearest motorway junction:  M5, J 20 (Clevedon). 

From Clevedon, head towards Portishead on the B3124. As you come into Walton-in-Gordano, turn left onto Walton Street (small triangle junction).

Roadside parking (pull in area) is about 1km up Walton Street (ST 423 735) 

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Roadside parking (pull in area) on Walton Street 

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Public Transport

Bus stop/s are on either side of Walton St  turning.

X5 bus (W-s-M to Portishead via Worle, Congresbury & Yatton).

 X10 bus (Cribbs Causeway to Clevedon via Portishead).

Check bus times: https://www.firstbus.co.uk/somerset


Clevedon or Portishead.

Gordano motorway service Station (M5)  J19 exit.


Useful links

Avon Wildlife Trust



Walton Common updates by David Horlick (Volunteer Reserve Warden & Butterfly Transect Walker)



Walton Common Gallery

These photos have been provided by our members during their visits to Walton Common.

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