The Malago Tributaries

The River Malago rises in the hills south of Bristol and flows through Bedminster to join the River Avon.

Originally it flowed through Trin Mill pond into the tidal Avon. When the Floating Harbour and New Cut were created, the pond was enlarged to form Bathurst Basin. The old course of the river now joins the New Cut at an outfall opposite the abandoned entrance lock to the basin. 

The Malago was always prone to flooding and, over the years, several culverts were built to divert water away from its natural course and into the New Cut.

In the early 19th century, a culvert was built from Clarke Street, behind Windmill Hill City Farm, to an outfall that can still be seen just upstream of Bedminster Bridge.

In the early 20th Century, another culvert was built from a diverter close to the railway bridge in St John’s Lane to an outfall between Gaol Ferry Bridge and Vauxhall Bridge.

Following the 1968 floods a major South Bristol flood prevention scheme intercepted the Malago at Manor Woods, near Bishopsworth, leading to the major outfall opposite the start of the Chocolate Path, just upstream of the earlier outfall.

More Short Cuts


Look out for large birds – their wings held out open to dry – perched on a sturdy branch or discarded supermarket trolley poking out of the river at low tide.

Read more »


This sandstone was formed in the desert conditions of the Triassic period, approximately 200-250 million years ago.

Read more »

The Moon and the New Cut

Without the influence of the moon, the Cut would never have been built, nor would it have its intriguing changes of water levels or the unique habitat of brackish water.

Read more »

Join FrANC

Membership of FrANC is free of charge and open to all – just sign up to our mailing list using the form below.

You will then receive occasional emails inviting you to events or updating you on our activities.

If you have any questions about membership of FrANC, you can contact our Membership Secretary via email:

* indicates required