Oldbury on Severn Walks
This little village is located in a lovely spot, near the mouth of the River Severn in South Gloucestershire. There's good waterside footpaths, a fine local pub and a notable church. The historic old church is well worth a visit as it sits on a hill with fine views over the area.
This walk from the Oldbury on Severn takes you along the Severn Estuary to the neighbouring town of Berkeley and its historic castle. The estuary is also a great place for birdwatching so keep your eyes peeled for a variety of waders.
The walk starts in the village where you can pick up the Severn Way and follow the waymarked footpath west along Oldbury Pill. The little creek has lots of little boats leading down to the Severn. The route then turns north to head along the river where there are excellent views across the Welsh side. The route will take you past a Tidal Reservoir and Oldbury Power Station before coming to Berkeley Power Station. Here you leave the river and follow footpaths along Berkeley Pill before finishing at Berkeley Castle. The Grade I listed castle has a fascinating history dating back to the 11th century. There's also some beautiful grounds and gardens to stroll around before heading back to Oldbury on the same paths. In the town there's also the fascinating Edward Jenner Museum where you can learn all about the birthplace of vaccination.
Oldbury on Severn Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Oldbury on Severn Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Oldbury on Severn OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Oldbury on Severn Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The Anchor Inn is a historical pub of some note, located in the village. The pub has a charming olde worlde interior with beams, stones, cushioned window seats, winged seats against the wall and a cosy fire for colder days. There's also some fine oil paintings by local artists to admire. Outside there's a lovely garden area for warmer weather. You can find them on Church Lane at a postcode of BS35 1QA for your sat navs.
The river paths are a nice one to do with your dog and the Anchor Inn mentioned above is also dog friendly. Dogs are not allowed inside Berkeley Castle though.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
If you continue north along the Severn Way you come to Newtown and the interesting Purton Hulks. This unusual site includes a number of abandoned boats and ships which were deliberately beached beside the river to reinforce the river banks between 1909 and 1965. You can also enjoy a stroll along the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal here.
Head south from the village and you can visit the iconic Severn Bridge. Here you can also pick up the Severn Beach Walk. This is a popular route taking you along the sea wall to the village of Severn Beach.
You could also cross the famous bridge into Wales and visit Chepstow and the historic Tintern Abbey.
Just a couple of miles east of the village you'll find the neighbouring town of Thornbury. It's an attractive market town and a winner of the Britain in Bloom award. It has an interesting history too, with a Tudor castle and a noteworthy Norman church to investigate. The circular Thornbury Walk starts from the town castle and visits Littleton-Upon-Severn and the estuary before passing through Oldbury.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Gloucestershire Walks page.