GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Frome Valley Walkway

18 miles (29 km)

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.
For an excellent full guide to this walk please click here.

Frome Valley Walkway OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Frome Valley Walkway Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

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. 

Dog Walking

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.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Snuff Mills restored mill

Snuff Mills restored mill just east of Bristol and next to the river.

River Frome footbridge

Footbridge over the River Frome near Snuff Mills.

Oldbury Court Estate, Winter 2010. - panoramio

Oldbury Court Estate, Winter 2010.

River Frome below Frenchay - geograph.org.uk - 1216832

River Frome below Frenchay.  In the distance can be seen the flow meter for flood control when water levels are high.

Damsons Bridge Winterbourne Down (geograph 4302812)

Damsons Bridge Winterbourne Down. The trail passes through the little village and provides views of the Huckford Viaduct. The impressive viaduct spans the River Frome just north of Winterbourne Down. It was was constructed during 1902 by the Great Western Railway as part of the Wootton Bassett to Patchway railway line.

Welcome to Oldbury Court Estate, Frenchay (geograph 3977869)

Welcome to Oldbury Court Estate, Frenchay. The estate was originally an old hunting lodge within the Royal Forest of Kingswood. You could leave the path near here to explore Frenchay village which includes a lovely large village common overlooked by a number of 18th-century houses built by wealthy Quaker families. Sporting buffs will be interested in the common as it used to be the home of the historic Frenchay Cricket Club. This was captained by W.G. Grace, the famous Victorian cricketer who also captained England and Gloucestershire.

Frampton Cotterell - geograph.org.uk - 32978

Frampton Cotterell.  Frampton Cotterell. The Globe pub and Frampton Cotterell parish church sit inside the extreme Southern edge of the square near to the river Frome

Chipping Sodbury, Broad Street - geograph.org.uk - 1415590

Chipping Sodbury, Broad Street. The former market place is a long and wide street lined by many pubs and shops. Chipping comes from the Old English for market.

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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