Oldbury Court, the River Frome and Snuff Mills

Oldbury Court is a magnificent park in north east Bristol about 3 miles from the city centre with mature woodland and large meadow areas. On its northern edge is the steep sided wooded valley of the River Frome which, if you follow it downstream, will take you to the old industrial site of Snuff Mills.

There is a splendid playground for children (close to the main entrance) built into a gentle slope, which looks exciting and offers many opportunities for climbing, scrambling, sliding and going round-and-round. Children may well be persuaded to then go for a walk as the river is shallow enough in parts for paddling and fishing with nets.

The Park, which once surrounded a fine Elizabethan mansion, was remodelled by Humphry Repton in the early years of the 19th century. So many of the paths, flights of steps, wide open views and stands of trees were carefully considered and you may well encounter a sense of a pleasurable unfolding of different experiences as you walk though these green spaces, which is what Repton intended. 

Downstream on the river walk you will come to Snuff Mills now a delightful garden but also featuring the old mill buildings and relics from its working past. Upstream will take you to a bridge, which by following the lane on the northern side will take you up to the handsome 18th century Quaker settlement of Frenchay.

There's adequate parking at the main park entrance (marked on the map) as well as Snuff Mills. There are toilets and kiosks for drinks and snacks at both locations.

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