Backwell Area Guide
Backwell is an extremely popular area due to its close proximity to Bristol, superb local schooling and rail link. Backwell is only 21 minutes by car from Bristol city centre just over 8 miles distant and 2.5 miles from Nailsea centre. Access to the to M5 motorway is a short distance away at Junction 20, Clevedon. The Almondsbury interchange a short drive away, is the intersection of the M5 and M4 motorways leading to Cardiff and London. Bristol International Airport is approximately 3 miles away, only 9 minutes by motor vehicle. The mainline rail station is immediately available at Nailsea and Backwell which makes this a particularly popular commuter village.
Some History of Backwell
Backwell is a village and civil parish in Somerset, England. Backwell consists of the hamlets of Backwell Common, Backwell Green, Backwell Farleigh and Lulsgate Bottom, and the districts of Backwell West Town and Downside, nearby are Nailsea, Flax Bourton, Yatton, Brockley and Barrow Gurney.
Backwell Hillfort between Flax Bourton and Backwell is an Iron Age hill fort. The village has a long history, appearing in the Domesday Book in 1086 with the name 'Bacoile' meaning 'The well back on the hill' and the parish was part of the hundred of Hartcliffe. The lords of the manor from the 12th to 17th centuries were the Rodneys. Walter de Rodney was given the manor for his support of the Empress Matilda against King Stephen. Backwell Lake is a haven for a range of wildlife, including birds, wildflowers, dragonflies and bats along with beautiful scenic views.
Backwell is surrounded by beautiful open countryside and benefits from the beautiful Backwell lake a haven for wildlife and animals. A climbing frame and balance trail has been installed at Backwell Playing Fields, in West Town Road. They have been funded through the Backwell Playing Field Charity.
Access to Bristol is very easy by car taking around twenty minutes by car, buses run from Backwell at various times of day into Bristol and the surrounding areas and there is a convenient rail link at Nailsea and Backwell train station immediately on hand. There are various cycle routes including Clevedon, Bristol, Clifton and Nailsea and transportation via car is very easily completed via the A370 heading to Bristol, Congresbury and Weston-super-Mare.
With a good choice including a host of family oriented pubs and restaurants, well served with worldwide cuisine and of course takeaways.