Greater Fishponds for Parks and Open Spaces.
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Greater Fishponds has some of Bristol’s finest victorian parks within and around our boundary born out of once royal estates including Oldbury Court Estate, Stoke Park Estate, Snuff Mills, Grove Wood, Eastville Park and protected spaces such as Page Park, Begbrook Green Park, St George Park and Troopers Hill. Each of these parks has their own unique qualities i.e. Page Park which is near to the shopping area in Staple Hill has beautiful gardens, bird cages, tennis courts (popular tennis club), popular children’s play area and a pavilion used for community activities and indoor sports including martial arts and it’s currently having over £1m invested in to the park. Oldbury Court in part of the Forest of Avon with the River Frome flowing through its heart, attracting vast and colourful local wildlife, is home to thousands of trees and is popular with families from around the region while Snuff Mills is an area in bloom and a place full with heritage shaped by mills, also connecting with Stoke Park Estate in an open and rugged grassland which is very popular with walkers and fell runners.
Parks and Open Spaces across the Greater Fishponds area include:
Eastville Park is a large inner city park born out of historic Heath House Estate, today where football teams play on weekends and two smaller children’s play areas, a bowling green, new tennis courts, a large lake for fishing and feeding and spotting bird life, plus the lake is next to the River Frome which runs alongside the parkland and connects the Frome Valley via the Forest of Avon trail. From Eastville Park you can follow the river to Oldbury Court Park via Snuff Mills parks which are all pictured below.
Eastville Park is close to both the Bristol to Bath Railway Path and is part of the Frome Valley Path which both offer walkers and cyclists a traffic free route in to the centre of Bristol from deep in to South Gloucestershire.
Friends of Eastville Park – Join their active Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/eastvillepark
Eastville Parks Bowls Club – explore Bowls England for details of local clubs bowlsengland.com
Watch a picture film https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2dBeJnOH_Y&feature=youtu.be
The Frome valley is naturally beautiful with cliffs, thousands of trees in old woodlands (one of the areas where HTV made Robin of Sherwood in the 1980’s staring Michael Praed and later Jason Connery as Robin). In the summer there is a slow and reflective river here but it soon comes alive after heavy rain. The River Frome starts in the Cotswold’s and feeds in to Bristol Docks where it then joins the River Avon before flowing in to the River Severn.
We are very lucky to have Oldbury Court Park and Snuff Mills in Greater Fishponds because people travel to here from miles around to use the park which is one of three of Bristol’s largest and finest along with Blaise Castle and Ashton Court.
During the weekend lots of football teams play here, it’s good for orienteering and walking because it’s part of the Avon Forest so there’s several miles of riverside trails available. There are ponds, waterfalls, weirs, fishing areas, keep fit tracks and large open spaces for picnics and family days out.
Lots of animal lovers walk their pets here daily to escape the city life for a while and instead pass through a vibrant park area with ice cream vans; some weeks of the year a fairground can be found here and the gardens here are well managed by skilled gardeners, continually offering people seasonal colours and ultimate contrast in a variant setting in partnership with nature.
Snuff Mills has a very active Action group – the Snuff Mills Action Group who are renovating the gardens by the mill, they have recently been granted £50,000 from the National Lottery to improve the paths etc in Snuff Mills. Plus if you’d like to be involved in the gardens and riverside paths on weekends then the Snuff Mills action group are looking for volunteers
Watch a picture film https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YL43dJ91H3U&feature=youtu.be
Snuff Mills Action Group, protecting our beautiful river side area: snuffmills.blogspot.com
Forest of Avon forestofavon.org.uk
Bristol Council details, including Oldbury Court Cafe, new toilets and opening hours:
The children’s play area is fantastic, with a cafe, toilet block and a park which is cleaned and scrubbed daily where required before 09.00 ready for young people to arrive.
Frenchay Common, Town and Village Green, Moor and Village connects with the Frome Valley and is one of Bristol’s finest addresses, there’s not a children’s play area here but similar to the Downs in Clifton this is a wonderful area to relax and Oldbury Court park children’s play area is just 10 minutes walk from here by walking through the valley across Frenchay Bridge and across a couple of beautiful open fields, which was once the entrance to the Oldbury Court Mansion; an estate on par with Ashton Court and Blaise Castle. An area professionally landscaped by Humphry Repton and full of wildlife and 100’s of different trees and shrubs.
Visit our pubs page for The White Lion on Frenchay Common to enjoy affordable meals and pleasant coffee and ale, set back on the common, with a beer garden overlooking the valley. One of Bristol’s best settings on a nice day..
Begbrook Green Park & Frenchay Common, Frenchay Moor & Frenchay Town and Village Green picture film
The Bristol and Bath Railway Path runs through Greater Fishponds and the Bristol part of the path is more than half in our community, from Greenbank to the Staple Hill Tunnel made up of exits 17 to 34. The path is an excellent safe route connecting people and places throughout our community and beyond. Accessing central Bristol is easy and on a dry or sunny day is very relaxing and enjoyable. Travel through the Staple Hill Tunnel and you’ll quickly reach the Mangotsfield – Rodway Common Junction; take the left turn and you’ll head towards Emersons Green or stay right and you’ll contour around to Soundwell, Siston Common, Warmley and Bitton before reaching Salford and Bath. We are very fortunate to have this wonderful path on our doorstep.
You can find out more about the Railway Path here: bristolbathrailwaypath.org.uk
Cycling City has a dedicated website and new paths are planned for other parts of Fishponds betterbybike.info
Fishponds Park is small and very pleasant area with well kept toilet facilities on site, a nice but older play area with swings. There’s lots of benches, well maintained gardens and heritage with a an 18th century school room alongside. Set in the heart of Fishponds which is a bustling retail hub, there’s a great choice of cafés and restaurants as well as various pubs and supermarkets to choose from for refreshments.
Stoke Park Estate bristol.gov.uk/stokepark is a beautiful open space of 346 acres of parkland, rugged countryside and woodlands on the edge of Greater Fishponds, running alongside Stapleton and Begbrook and connecting us to the UWE, Frenchay Campus by new paths and the official Frome Valley route which cuts through the countryside and in to Stoke Park Estate passing Dower House as the route climbs.
In the opposite direction to Dower House is Bristol’s landmark BT Tower and near the base is the remains of a World War Two anti-aircraft gun battery. The gun has gone but there’s still remains there. Local people in Fishponds knew this gun as “Purdown Percy” when it was in use.
There aren’t any children’s play areas in Stoke Park itself but there are parks all around. Begbrook Green Park in Stapleton, Eastville Park, Begbrook Primary Academy at Cheswick Village area has two close to Stoke Park woodlands and to the left of Dower House, heading up the hill is a path in to the trees.. take this route for Stoke Park Estate heritage trails and discover the past when this was a royal domain before you reach the playground shown below. Just minutes from Dower House. Watch 2017 image film https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wu1NH07-jrU
Hillfields Park has recently been updated and offers a nice children’s area with a Basketball Court, BX area, modern playground facilities, 5 a side football on the grass and there’s a nice tarmac path around the park offering dog walkers a pleasant trail with seating along the path and waste bins in the corners, near to park entrances. This is a local park close to the Railway Path and Barton Field Park. Follow the Hillfields Community Trust who also hire out the Community Hub with indoor play space facebook.com/groups/hillfieldscommunitytrust
Hillfields Park BMX Pump Track.. free for all to use and opened April 2011 after help from HCT & FHP.
A skate park is being designed to work alongside the new BMX pump track.
Lodge Hill Open Space Park is possibly the highest park in Bristol with Cossham Hospital as arguably the highest point in Bristol. This hill was home to King John’s Hunting Lodge from the 12th Century and offered views across Kingswood Forest.
Page Park is truly beautiful, open and very well managed with a lot to offer the whole community. There are plenty of parking spaces around the park and the children’s area is vibrant and friendly. There are tennis courts, gardens, a new café and lots of seating. For it’s size this park probably offers more than any other park in the East Bristol area without having to walk up and down hills and in terms of safety and access, especially with Staple Hill shopping area next door offering nice pubs and coffee shops. friendsofpagepark.co.uk
New café facebook page: facebook.com/beantreecafebristol
St George Park has a large lake where people can fish, feed ducks and there’s a BMX course which is now used by skateboarders and BMX owners (this is the same course where ‘BMX Champ from the Hillfields area Jason Davies once practiced and he now lives in the USA and has been world class for over 20 years). There’s also newer tennis courts, bowling, swings, slides and it has it’s own car park which is close to shops including ALDI and Tesco.
St George Park Community Garden, Facebook Page facebook.com/St-George-Park-Community-Garden
Ridgeway Road Playing Fields and Mayfield Park area next to Chester Park School.
We secured the funds for this lovely new community park which opened in recent years next to Coombe Brook Nature Reserve (Known locally as The Gossy). Whitehall Rugby Club www.pitchero.com/clubs/whitehall
First two photos show Coombe Brook
Barton Fields Park is off Whitefield Road and Duncombe Lane in Hillfields and is very nice with a large open space behind the children’s play area, traditionally still known as “The Quarry” from when it was a deep open cast quarry in the 1950s, with a lily pond at the bottom and where traditional gipsy families settled. The quarry was later filled in and is now used by Barton Hill Rugby Club, cyclists for access to the Railway Path via Beechen Drive; school children and countless local residents, especially for walking pets. Please read more about the trust below…
Barton Fields Trust
Formed in 2005 to run ‘Barton Fields’ for the Community and Barton Hill Old Boys RFC; the field is being improved year on year by the Trust for the community and the pitches for the rugby club has also seen investment. In 2012 the field became a Queen Elizabeth II Field as a gift for the Diamond Jubilee.
Barton Hill Old Boys Rugby Club play at Barton Fields.
The Club celebrated its Centenary recently. It has played at the field since 1978 and is very much part of the community.
The clubhouse is available for hire.. please visit our website below for details…
The club are always looking for new players to play in their four sides. The first team play the the ‘Western Counties North’ league, they practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays and play Saturdays.
There is the Rugby Academy for children and young people from 6 -18years old. They practice on Wednesdays and play on Sundays. New junior players are welcome
For lot more information please visit the our rugby club website: pitchero.com/clubs/bartonhilloldboysrfc
Barton Field Trust – Diamond Jubilee Gift.
Barton Fields with Barton Hill Rugby Club have created a Queen Elizabeth II Field for the Diamond Jubilee.
Coombe Brook and Ridgeway Road Playing Fields
Ridgeway Road Playing Fields and Coombe Brook Valley Nature Reserve connect with the Railway Path.
It’s possible to walk from Cossham Hill to Barton Fields, across to Coombe Brook then connect with Ridgeway Road Playing Fields before connecting with the Bristol to Bath Railway Path and Royate Hill Nature Reserve. A very wonderful trail across part of Greater Fishponds.
Kingswood Park is really nice and offers a very similar feel to Page Park. Here there are activities for all, from weight training to tennis courts and bowling through to basketball practice. The gardens are well kept and there’s adequate seating. Near the park entrance is a small concrete arena where bands play throughout the warmer months and performers can be watched. Situated next to kingswood shopping centre and opposite a South Gloucestershire Council office this park is convenient and offers something for everybody in the community.
A wonderful area of open space with some children’s play equipment based behind the Stapleton and Begbrook Social Club and backing on to Oldbury Court Estate. From Snuff Mills this is a real alternative to Oldbury Court Estate Play area for a smaller childrens play park but with a Multi Use Games Area and open space to play.
The River Avon flows through other neighbouring districts. This river has its source in the village of Luckington in the Cotswold’s, North Wiltshire. From there it flows through Bath, Saltford and Hanham/ Keynsham before passing by Troopers Hill troopers-hill.org.uk where it soon becomes tidal and enters Bristol Centre before connecting with the River Severn.
Beeses Bar and Tea Gardens in Conham River Park, St George and Hanham near Fishponds. beeses.co.uk
The final two video’s last for just over six minutes and show the route from the road which connects with Troopers Hill to the picnic area at Conham and beyond at Conham River Park which includes Beeses Bar and Tea Gardens.
During the summer months people can canoe from Saltford to Conham or walk along some of the riverside paths of the Avon Valley Trail where various pubs can be found to help break the journey in beautiful settings.
Visit the dedicated website: riveravontrail.org.uk and stop off at Beeses Bar and Tea Gardens.
Pictures below are Feed Bristol by the Avon Wildlife Trust in Stapleton. Walk between Feed Bristol and Royate Hill Nature in Greenbank area via Eastville Park. Visit: www.avonwildlifetrust.org.uk/feedbristol
Royate Hill Nature Reserve is between Eastville Park, the Bristol & Bath Railway Path and Greenbank Graveyard. www.avonwildlifetrust.org.uk/reserves/royate-hill