GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Oldbury Court and Snuff Mills Walk

2 miles (4 km)

This walk in Bristol visits the Oldbury Court Estate where you can enjoy riverside and woodland walks to the historic Snuff Mills.
The walk starts at the Snuff Mills car park, next to the River Frome (postcode BS16 1UH for sat navs). From here you can pick up the Frome Valley Walkway and follow the waymarked trail north east along the river. In the park there's 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 woodland.
After a while you can then leave the river to explore the Oldbury Court Estate. The estate was originally an old hunting lodge within the Royal Forest of Kingswood. It's now a pleasant park with a number of trails to try.


BS16 1UH - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Snuff Mills OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Snuff Mills Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the south of the park 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. If you were to follow it south west it would take you into Bristol where you could enjoy more waterside walks along the River Avon Trail.
The Winterbourne Walk visits the site from the nearby village. The pretty settlement is worthy of a visit with its picturesque old cottages, noteworthy 12th century church and 14th century Tithe Barn.
For more walking ideas see the Cotswolds Walks and Gloucestershire Walks pages.


Snuff Mills Front

Stapleton Mill, Snuff Mills Park

Whitwood Mill - - 202628

Whitwood Mill. aka "Snuff Mill" in Stapleton Glen. Was latterly used as a stone cutting mill. Never used for snuff grinding but named after "Snuffy Jack" the miller. Contains a waterwheel, egg-ended boiler in its setting and the remains of a vertical steam engine.

River Frome footbridge

River Frome footbridge

Mock drystone wall - - 1216851

Mock drystone wall. The rocky hillside alongside the river path has slipped. This retaining wall has been built to look like a drystone wall but in reality rock anchors have been used to support blockwork which has been faced with local stone bedded into concrete to provide stability.


Damwithsluicegates, Repton's Walk, River Frome, Oldbury Court

Path, Oldbury Court Estate (geograph 3648524)

Path, Oldbury Court Estate


GPS Files

GPX File

Snuff Mills.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Snuff Mills.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)