Bristol and Bath Cycleway
The popular Bristol and Bath old Railway Path is a 13 mile off-road route between Bristol and Bath and provides a peaceful walking and cycling path between the two cities. The path begins in the historic port of Bristol and passes via Mangotsfield (5 minutes from the Holiday Home), Warmley, where you can stop for a cup of tea and a cake and then through Saltford and onto Bath. The path follows the River Avon and crosses it at different points.
Along the path there are a variety of things to see, sculptures, including a drinking giant and working steam engines at the old train station at Bitton. There are plenty of stopping points for refreshments, snacks and drinks can be purchased at Bitton and at Warmley Stations or get a pub lunch at Saltford. If you go onto Bath there is a variety of ways to spend the rest of the day exploring, including the beautiful and very popular Victoria Park.
The path is a three-metre-wide tarmac path, which is well maintained and has easy access at many points. The path is used by cyclists, walkers and in some place horse riders. Detailed maps can be downloaded from the Bristol and Bath Railway Path website. Access close to the holiday home – from the Willy Wicket Inn follow the cycle way along the A4174 towards bath, join the Bristol and Bath Cycleway at mangotsfield Route 4 – 5 minutes cycle away.
Oldbury Court Park, Fishponds
Know locally as Vassals Park, is a beautiful and diverse estate. It has an excellent fenced children’s play area for those 13 years and under, riverside paths and extensive woodlands. The park has a café with terrace seating next to the children’s play area, serving sandwiches, cakes and drinks and is nice and close to toilets with baby changing facilities and picnic spots. There are designated fishing spots, 2 football pitches, 1 cricket pitch and community garden.
The play area features a sand play zone with a large pirate ship for children to explore, a dramatic rock feature with rope bridge, zip wire, dish spinner, slingshot and also has the usual swings, roundabout and seesaw. There is also an area for toddlers with a variety of play equipment including springies, toddler spinner, woodland den, embankment slide and toddler swings. There are picnic tables within the area.
There are lots of woodland to explore just off the paths that winds through the park. The paths are suitable for prams and wheelchairs and are well maintained. Take a stroll down to and along part of the River Avon which runs through the park, with bridges over the river and waterfalls, don’t forget to take some bread to feed the ducks! This really is a great place for a family day out.
Fishponds, Bristol BS16 2HH – 10 minute drive away- Free Paking.
Kingsgate Park, Yate
Kingsgate Park is a lovely park in Yate, it has a lake and great childrens play area. It has some nice additions, such as a very large Bug Hotel, Close to the Elmwood entrance and a large totem pole just in front of the entrance to the younger children’s playground which is in the centre of the park. There are quirky swings made from fallen trees, a climbing frame with tunnels and a slide, a junior roundabout, mini obstacle course, seesaw, tyre swings and plenty of seating.
The park is as you would expect full of mature trees and open grass land. It’s completely enclosed by a fence and surrounded by shrubs and trees. There’s a small carpark there for approx 10 cars there is also lots of parking on the road.
The Park hosts community events during the year such as an annual Easter Eggs Hunt and a number of Music Festivals, including “Yate Rocks” which is in it’s 13th year, a free music festival also offering, dancing displays from local clubs and academies, arts & crafts, children’s activities and games and community stalls with a great range of local products, novelty gifts and a wide variety of refreshments.
Kingsgate Park Sundridge Park, Yate, Bristol BS37 4EP – 5.2 miles – 12 minutes drive. Visit Our Kingsgate Park Guide for more detailed information.
Royal Victoria Park
Royal Victoria Park, just a short stroll from the Bath city centre, is a beautiful expanse of green parkland. Originally an arboretum, Victoria Park spans 57 acres with plenty to keep you occupied, regardless of age. The park dates back to 1829 and is named after Queen Victoria, who officially opened it in 1830 at the age of 11.
The picturesque Royal Victoria Park is also home to a wide range of attractions. Gather your friends for a fun game of tennis or master the 18 hole mini golf course, which is trickier than it looks! For something a little more relaxing, don’t miss the botanical gardens located at the North end of Victoria Park. Wander the tranquil and sweet-smelling grounds as you while away a peaceful afternoon. Victoria Park is the perfect place for picnics. Choose to sit in front of the curving Royal Crescent or wander further into the park for a more secluded setting.
The exciting and expansive adventure playground is the perfect place to wear the children out. Watch them zoom along the zip wire, conquer the pyramid climbing frame and navigate in and out, up and down and round and round all the fun play equipment. Bring a picnic and treat everyone to an ice cream for a memorable family day out. If the kids need to cool off, take a stroll across to the pond to feed the ducks.
Throughout the year there are many bands and musicians performing at the bandstand, as well as fairgrounds. Royal Victoria Park, Marlborough Ln, Bath BA1 2NQ – 25 minutes by car – free parking in the park.
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