Frome Valley Walkway

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Name=Frome Valley Walkway
Photo=OldburyCourtDam.jpg
Caption=Part of the Frome Valley Walkway: a weir with sluice gates on the River Frome at Oldbury Court
Location=Southern England
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Length=Convert|18|mi|0
Start/End Points= Bristol
Cotswolds
Use=Hiking
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The Frome Valley Walkway is an 18 mile (29 km) footpath which follows the River Frome from the River Avon in the centre of Bristol to the Cotswold Hills in South Gloucestershire. The path also links the Cotswold Way National Trail at one end with the Avon Walkway at the other.

Starting in Bristol's Castle Park, the path skirts public parks in the City, where the river is culverted, and only becomes rural as it passes through Eastville Park. The walk then continues past Snuff Mills and on to the Oldbury Court Estate, passing beneath Frenchay Common, then to Cleeve Bridge before passing under the M4 motorway at Hambrook. Next, the path passes through Winterbourne Down, and under the spectacular Winterbourne Viaduct.

The path continues through parkland to Frampton Cotterell, then south of Iron Acton before it reaches Yate and the Goose Green Fields Nature Area. A large section of the walkway is along suburban pavement here, before the final stretch of fields leading to Old Sodbury where the Walkway officially stops.

It is, however, possible to continue along the Cotswold Way to Tormarton, past the source of the Frome, where there are spectacular views from the top of the escarpment.

Wildlife on the Frome Valley Walkway

The Frome Valley is an important place for wildlife because it provides a green corridor of freshwater habitats, woodlands, parks and open spaces cutting through the densely built up areas in Bristol and the towns and farmlands of South Gloucestershire. The valley allows people to experience a wide range of animals, birds and plants on their doorsteps, some of which are rarely seen so close to the City.

The Frome is host to the nationally rare British native White-Clawed Crayfish, which thrives in clear, well oxygenated water.

Birds that can be seen along the walkway include the Kingfisher, Dipper, Treecreeper, House Martin, Grey Wagtail, Nuthatch and many more common species.

A number of species of Bat are also found at dusk on the Frome, including Common Pipistrelle, Daubenton's Bat and Common Noctule.

The plant life that can be seen, particularly at Huckford Quarry beneath the Winterbourne Viaduct, includes Polypod Ferns, Hart's-tongue fern, Stitchwort, Yellow Archangel, and Wood Anemone.

Pubs along the Frome Valley Walkway

A number of circular walks are possible using pubs as a start point. Some of the pubs a short walk from the walkway are

* [http://www.britishpubguide.com/cgi-bin/pubsearch.cgi?results:Bristol:432 The Merchants Arms at Stapleton]
* [http://www.britishpubguide.com/cgi-bin/pubsearch.cgi?results:Gloucestershire:232 The White Lion at Frenchay]
* [http://www.britishpubguide.com/cgi-bin/pubsearch.cgi?results:Gloucestershire:235 The White Horse at Hambrook]
* [http://www.britishpubguide.com/cgi-bin/pubsearch.cgi?results:Gloucestershire:234 The Hambrook Inn at Hambrook]
* [http://www.britishpubguide.com/cgi-bin/pubsearch.cgi?results:Gloucestershire:925 The Golden Heart at Winterbourne Down]
* [http://www.britishpubguide.com/cgi-bin/pubsearch.cgi?results:Gloucestershire:930 The Cross Hands at Winterbourne Down]
* [http://www.britishpubguide.com/cgi-bin/pubsearch.cgi?results:Gloucestershire:709 The Globe Inn at Frampton Cotterell]
* [http://www.britishpubguide.com/cgi-bin/pubsearch.cgi?results:Gloucestershire:778 The Swan at Nibley]
* [http://www.britishpubguide.com/cgi-bin/pubsearch.cgi?results:Gloucestershire:645 The Squire Inn at Chipping Sodbury]
* [http://www.britishpubguide.com/cgi-bin/pubsearch.cgi?results:Gloucestershire:783 The Dog Inn at Old Sodbury]

External links

* [http://www.fromewalkway.org.uk/ The Frome Valley Walkway]


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