Frome Valley Walkway
This pleasant and fairly easy walk takes you from Eastville Park on the outskirts of Bristol to the village of Old Sodbury along the River Frome.
The route starts passing through the parks and woodlands around Bristol before entering the open countryside of Gloucestershire.
You will pass through Frampton Cotterell, Chipping Sodbury and Yate with the Cotswold Hills providing a splendid backdrop for the route.
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Frome Valley Walkway Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
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Frome Valley Walkway OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Frome Valley Walkway Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The market town of Chipping Sodbury is a nice place to stop for some refreshments on the route. The Horseshoe is a friendly place with a great atmosphere and a nice little garden for warmer days. It has some history too, being set in a wonderful building dating back to the 15th century. They are nicely located on the High Street at postcode BS37 6AH for your sat navs.
Just up the road there's The Royal Oak. The 17th century inn does fine home cooked food in the restaurant. You can find them on Broad Street at postcode BS37 6AG.
The town itself is worth taking a detour from the route to explore. There's a series of fine looking 17th century stone cottages to see on the attractive Broad Street.
At Oldbury Court near the start there's a café kiosk. The pretty park is a nice place to stop and enjoy a snack before heading onwards.
The trail is a nice one to do with your dog. They will enjoy the waterside and woodland sections on the route. The Royal Oak pub in Chipping Sodbury is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The route runs for about 18 miles on a path that rises steadily from Bristol to Old Sodbury. If you'd like an easier walk you could start in Old Sodbury and then gently descend into Bristol.
Near the start of the walk you'll pass the noteworthy Snuff Mills. This pleasant park includes an old mill which was used for cutting and crushing stone from the sereies of quarries in the Frome Valley during the late 19th century. The area is also great for wildlife watching with otters seen in the river and various birds in the peaceful surrounding woodland. Adjacent to the mill is the Oldbury Court Estate. You could take a small detour from the path to explore the estate which includes some nice parkland trails.
Just to the south of the trail you can pick up the Bristol and Bath Railway Path. This shared cycling and walking trail runs along a disused railway line between the two cities. When in the centre of Bristol you could pick up the River Avon Trail for more riverside walking through the area. At the other end of the route the trail links with the epic Cotswold Way National Trail.
For more walking ideas see the Cotswolds Walks and Gloucestershire Walks pages.