The Gordano Valley
Walton-in-Gordano lies at the south western end of the Gordano Valley, a mile from the coastal resort of Clevedon. The valley is part of the ancient Hundred of Portbury, one of 40 that made up Somerset.
The Gordano Valley, home to a National Nature Reserve, Sites of Special Scientific Interest, and ancient hill forts, runs from the River Avon at Easton-in-Gordano, to Clevedon, on the Bristol Channel coast: it is unusual in that it runs parallel with rather than down to, the sea. Many people will have marvelled at the magnificent views they experience between junctions 19-20 of the M5 motorway, without realising that they are passing through the Gordano Valley, as the motorway carries them above the treasures of the valley floor below.
Portishead is the only town in the valley, which also contains the village of Portbury, famous these days because of the adjacent Royal Portbury Docks. Easton-in-Gordano is the largest of the "Gordano" villages, with the much smaller communities of Clapton-in-Gordano, Weston-in-Gordano and Walton-in-Gordano basking in the truly rural idyll that is the floor of the valley.
Walton-in-Gordano, the old village nestled at the south western end of the Gordano Valley, consists of the B3124 Clevedon Road, Moor Lane and Walton Street.
Walton Down, a cluster of homes above Walton Street, where "the Coast Road", as we call it, turns towards Portishead.
Walton Bay, where some two thirds of our population live, many with homes almost hidden in the hillside that plunges down to the Bristol Channel.
The M5 motorway hurtles above the wonders of The Gordano Valley floor
The Gordano Valley (Apple Maps)