We will walk from Oldbury Court Park Estate, down the Frome Valley to Snuff Mills,
Oldbury Court is a beautiful estate, combining woodland and riverside paths with historic parkland , the estate is a great place for a family day out, featuring big green spaces and picnic areas, and is popular with walkers for its varied landscape and panoramic views.
Snuff Mills Park is located about 3 miles north east of Bristol, between Eastville Park and Oldbury Estate helping to form a continuous green corridor along the river. The parks’ name originates from the mill on the site, part of which still remains having been restored in the 1980’s. The mill was used to grind corn rather than snuff and it is thought that ‘Snuff Mills’ originates from the nickname of the miller ‘Snuffy Jack’ whose smock was always covered in snuff. There are a number of Pennant Sandstone quarries in this part of the valley including the one behind the Mill.
There are a number of pleasant woodland and riverside walks in the park and a community garden. There is also a small privately run tea shop and snack bar (They sell really recommended delicious bread pudding) at the entrance to the park on River View where there is a public car park. A pretty row of old, Victorian, quarryman’s cottages can be seen at the entrance to the park. Plenty of options for all the keen photographers to take plenty of good photos.
Along the way,my fellow experienced Walk For Health Walk Leader Stuart, will tell us any local history & interesting points of interest making the walk much more enjoyable.
From there we then walk the circuit of Historic Stoke Park where the yellow Dower House
can be seen from the M32.
You may have done several walks before at Stoke Park and this will be an added bonus walk which would follow on from where we left off or still really interesting for any new walkers who are not familiar with this location.
We will walk back down to the Frome Valley up to Fishponds to satisfy our hungry bellies for Lunch at the Wetherspoons The Van Dyck Pub.
Approximately 5 miles walk.