A serene getaway for fishing fans, relax and cast-off at this idyllic spot. You could even land a whopper – a record-breaking 8.5lb eel was caught here in 1922 and held the national record for half a century! Alternatively, spend a day picnicking and relaxing beside this beautiful lake or nearby in Newmans Field.
Looking for an adventure off the beaten track? Lace up your walking boots and head to Huckford Quarry on the Frome Valley Walkway. Once mined to build the stunning Huckford viaduct that soars overhead, this area is now a vital natural habitat.
Deep, damp and dark throughout much of the year, the reserve is a haven for ferns and lichens that cling to old quarry boulders. Look up at the quarry face and spot plant fossils and ancient natural markings left in the layers of rock. Explore the peaceful woodland area along the River Frome and discover native woodland flowers, herbs and wild strawberries.
Head under the viaduct and see how many flowering plants you can spot in One Acre field. Keep dogs on a lead by the river and watch out for ledges and drops around the quarry.
Delve deeper into the area’s coal mining past as you follow The Dramway Path to the evocative Ram Hill Colliery. The Colliery dates from the early 1800’s and was the northern terminus of the Dramway. Discover where the line once split into two, each with a loading bay. Perfect for history fans and families.
A happy place for little adventurers! Blow off some steam on the turnstile carousel, a springy elephant, and seat swings. Take the weight of your feet while admiring the stunning wooden bench, carved by Andy O’Neill celebrating the local author, Dick King-Smith. He’s known for writing much loved children’s books, such as the Fox Busters and The Sheep Pig (Babe).
Let young imaginations run wild in the beautiful wooded play area, with natural equipment that blends into it’s surroundings. Or get active on the playing field with a kick-about.
This tranquil stretch of the Frome Valley Walkway provides a peaceful route through glorious countryside. The path, ideal for walkers and cyclists, is surrounded by rolling farmland and runs alongside the beautiful River Frome. Pass through parkland, Rockwell Wood, and beneath the imposing Huckford viaduct via Huckford Quarry Nature Reserve.
Grab a ball and head to the park for a quick game of tennis, rugby, cricket, football or basketball. Let your little ones loose in the well-equipped children’s play area, while older ones can enjoy the skateboard ramp.
Pack a picnic and explore this tranquil, leafy spot. Purchased in 1994 to mark 100 years of Frampton Cotterell Parish, the Centenary Field is a beautiful haven for the community. Discover the community orchard, take a wander to the red wheel sculpture which celebrates the area’s industrial past, or visit the village beacon.
Explore natural play zones nestled amongst the trees – a great space for imaginative play and engaging with nature. Hop along the tree trunk ‘stepping stones’ and find your own secret den. Don’t miss the summertime Frampton Festival which has been delighting locals since 2012.