Bringsty Common has 220 acres of countryside, it is also a designated ‘Special Wildlife Site’ and is a popular refuge for birds and butterflies including the rare ‘High Brown Fritillary’ butterfly. Bringsty Common is traditionally used as grazing for sheep and still is! It is also home to a lot of cattle and chickens!
Although Bringsty Common is mainly covered in bracken it has unique natural variety because of protection by the Commoners under a ‘Countryside Stewardship Scheme’ which was administered by the ‘Manorial Court’.
I visit Bringsty Common on a regular basis; I feel it is at its prettiest during the spring as the ground is thick with bluebells although it can be quite overgrown. In the summer I recommend families come for walks with their children or bike rides as it is a great day-out. Bringsty Common is a popular place to bring dogs on walks and there are a couple of large car parks available for any visitors.
Bringsty Common is also at its finest after the snow has fallen in the winter, although the trees are bare the snow decorates them all perfectly and it is a great time to bring a camera and take some shots! There are also plenty of slopes for sledging in the winter.
The Common is a wonderful location for some fantastic walks and the local pub ‘Live and Let Live’ can be a great starting place. Even if you aren’t into walking I highly recommend that you visit the pub as you won’t have seen many like it!
The Live and Let Live has now been open since November 2007 after being closed for 11 years it is a 300 year old ex-cider house. The pub will shortly be going through its next stage of renovation (much needed due to its popularity) and this will allow more people to enjoy what it has to offer.
You can walk anywhere on the Common, except in people’s gardens, so there’s no need to keep to any path! It’s an amazing place for walking as there is an endless range of possible walks on the common. On the Live and Let Live website there is a walker’s map of the common for your convenience.