Many people visit Saltford for its historic conservation area and scenic riverside walks. Others come to participate in its many active societies, leisure and sports facilities. Often people are drawn to Saltford due to its varied range of places to eat and drink. Whatever your reason for coming to Saltford, we hope you enjoy your time in the village and we warmly welcome considerate visitors.
River & Saltford Weir
Saltford’s river side is a residential area. If visiting river side areas by car, please be aware of parking restrictions locally (see the parking section below). Visitors to the area are encouraged to use public transport accessed from the A4 Bath Road, then walk or cycle to Saltford’s river side areas.
The fields next to Saltford Weir and the ‘Kelston side’ of the river are private property used for grazing livestock – the landowner has erected barbed wire fencing at this location. Public Rights of Way footpaths are still accessible and lovely walks can be enjoyed in this area. The landowner has removed trees from this area for safety reasons, including removing rope swings. Please be aware that Saltford Weir is a known dangerous place to enter the river, with a history of accidents and tragic deaths – further information is available on our Tragedies at Saltford Weir page.
If intending on entering the river itself, Avon Fire and Rescue advise visitors to be aware of Hidden Dangers and state: Don’t swim near weirs, once caught in the undertow, you have little chance of escape; Beware of weeds, you can get tangled and trapped in weeds growing at the bottom of the river; Don’t swim after drinking alcohol or taking drugs. For further information please see our River safety information and advice page. The quality of river water in Saltford is not tested by the Environment Agency as it is not a designated bathing area. Please see our River water quality in Saltford page including BART’s interactive water quality map.
Further information can be found on SPC’s river safety actions page.
The only public toilets in Saltford are situated on The Shallows by the car park. They are the responsibility of B&NES Council and managed by Healthmatic, and require 20p to enter.
Getting to Saltford by bus, bike or on foot
Saltford is a popular destination for cyclists and walkers. The Bristol to Bath Railway Path runs through Saltford connecting the two cities. Please find more information, including a map, on the Bristol and Bath Railway Path website. To find out more about public rights of way and permissive paths in Saltford, please visit our maps page.
Many bus routes provide a regular service though Saltford, via the A4 Bath Road.
If visiting Saltford by car to use the shops and businesses on the A4 Bath Road, free short-term parking is available in front of the shops and at the end of Manor Road. Please note these areas have parking restrictions so please check signage.
Car parks can be found on The Shallows and on Wedmore Road by Saltford Hall. Space can be limited during busy periods. Vehicles are only permitted to park within marked bays at The Shallows car park, and B&NES Parking Enforcement officers regularly enforce parking conditions at this location. Those parking outside of marked bays are subject to a £70 fine.
There is very limited on-street parking on Mead Lane and The Shallows. The majority of Mead Lane and The Shallows has double yellow lines. The Shallows also has a Residents Permit Zone, including the hardstanding parallel to the river. B&NES Parking Enforcement officers monitor Mead Lane and The Shallows regularly as a priority area, especially during peak periods. Please view the B&NES Council signage available.
If parking elsewhere in the village, SPC requests that any visitors park with consideration to residents and with respect for the need for good emergency vehicle access. Many of Saltford’s ‘old village’ roads – especially the High Street – are narrow and have pinch points, and there are no pavements for pedestrians in some areas. Inconsiderate parking can be dangerous for both access and visibility, and residents are encouraged to contact the police directly if they see dangerously parked vehicles.
Environment and nature
SPC welcomes people to enjoy its beautiful river side setting, however requests that users of the river treat this area with consideration to nature and the environment.
Please only access the river at appropriate and safe locations without damage to the river bank or its vegetation. Small boats such as kayaks and paddleboards can be launched in the area opposite The Shallows car park. Please protect the riverbank by not launching river craft in any other locations in Saltford. Please note that this area is not suitable for launching motor boats or larger watercraft.
The river is a habitat for otters, kingfishers and other wildlife that SPC is keen to see protected. Saltford Parish Council, working in partnership with B&NES Council, has recently taken action to protect an area of the riverbank on The Shallows that was being eroded due to unauthorised boat launching.
Visitors are also requested to take their litter home, or else use one of the many bins or ‘gold’ litter bags available.
B&NES Cabinet agreed to relocate moorings from Mead Lane no later than the end of Dec 2022, and a charging system for moorings commenced in March 2021. Alternative locations for 14 day moorings will be identified by B&NES Council prior to ending moorings at Mead Lane. As of November 2020 the 48hr moorings at Mead Lane have been permanently removed. See the B&NES Council page here for more information.
History and heritage
For information about the Saltford Brass Mill and Saltford Heritage Centre, visit our History of Saltford page.