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
If visiting Saltford for its river side areas or for recreational purposes, please see the ‘River Avon in Saltford‘ page and information the links below.
Saltford’s river side is a residential area and a haven for wildlife. If visiting by vehicle please be aware that parking availability is limited and B&NES Council parking enforcement (traffic wardens) visit regularly, especially during periods of good weather. There are parking restrictions on the the highway, including double yellow lines on Mead Lane and The Shallows (see the parking section below). Visitors to the area are strongly encouraged to use public transport accessed from the A4 Bath Road, or to walk or cycle to Saltford’s river side areas.
- River safety information and advice
- River water quality at Saltford
- SPC’s river safety actions
- Tragedies at Saltford Weir
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. For up-to-date information about B&NES Council’s toilets, including service disruptions, please see the ‘toilets‘ page on their website. If visitors encounter issues with the public toilets please report directly to B&NES Council.
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 in the bay at the end of Manor Road. Please note these areas have parking restrictions so please check signage.
There is a small (c.13 vehicle) car park at The Shallows and another public car park on Wedmore Road by Saltford Hall. No overnight parking is permitted. Space can be limited during busy periods. Vehicles are only permitted to park within marked bays at The Shallows car park, not on the green amenity space. B&NES Parking Enforcement officers regularly enforce parking conditions at this location, including with penalty notices given to any vehicle not in a marked bay. Those parking outside of marked bays or without a permit in a Resident Parking Zone are subject to a £70 fine.
A number of businesses in Saltford operate their own private car parks, where restrictions apply and parking is available for patrons only. Those using private car parks are advised to check signage carefully before parking their vehicles.
CCTV is in place at many of Saltford’s public and private car parks. Owners leave their vehicles at their own risk.
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, which includes the hardstanding parallel to the river opposite residential buildings and the bay near the historic cottages. 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 on the highway, 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 on 101 if they see dangerously parked vehicles or if inconsiderate parking has resulted in gridlock.
Saltford Parish Council is not the responsible authority for parking matters. B&NES Council’s Parking Enforcement Officers are responsible for enforcing restrictions in public car parks and on the highway where restrictions apply.
The police can deal with vehicles causing an obstruction or hazard. Residents are encouraged to report dangerous parking to the police (the ‘local council’ referred to on the police website is B&NES Council).
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.