SPC’s Saltford Festival Parish Walk: ‘Saltford South of the A4’ - Saltford Parish Council

Saltford Parish Council will host its FREE Parish Walk on Wednesday 12 June at 7pm, as part of SCA’s Saltford Festival 2024 programme. The walk is open to all residents and free to attend. There’s no need to book a place, please just turn up. A map of the route can be found here and in the image below.

The meeting point to start the walk is the Memorial Garden (next to the Little Coffee Shop, Manor Road). The walk will begin at 7pm, and last for approximately one hour and a half. The distance of the walk is estimated to be 2.8 miles, and parts of the walk will be on uneven and at times rocky ground. Those joining the walk are reminded to be aware of tree routes and other possible trip hazards, and that paths through woods and across fields may be slippery if the weather has been or is wet. The guides will show everyone back to the Saltford Memorial Garden, where the walk will end.

Residents attending the SPC Parish Walk are asked to wear appropriate clothing and sturdy footwear for the weather conditions and terrain. Please bring a bottle of water or two, especially if temperatures are high. Friendly dogs are welcome but please ensure they are kept under control.

B&NES Ward Cllr Duncan Hounsell, with SPC’s Cllrs Gary Graveling and Sally Turner – and dogs! – on a section of Manor Road ‘lane’ included on the SPC Parish Walk route. SPC and Ward Councillors are currently liaising with B&NES Council to close the lane to vehicles, for safety reasons.

SPC expresses its sincere thanks to local residents Robin, Cheryl, and Saltford Environment Group‘s Andrew and Phil for their help arranging SPC’s Parish Walk 2024, including planning the route, risk assessment and poster.

Guided walk – History & Proposed Housing

Aspects of the history of Saltford South of the A4 will be shared during the walk by experienced guide, Robin Dixon, a Saltford resident and also a Mayor of Bath’s Honorary Guide.

During SPC’s Parish Walk, the route will take those attending through – or give views over – parts of the greenbelt referred to as ‘Saltford South of the A4’. Parts of the walk will include locations marked in B&NES Councils ‘Options Consultation’ for proposals to build some 1,300 houses on Saltford’s greenbelt.

Phil Harding will be present in his capacity as Chair of Saltford Environment Group (Phil is also, independently of SEG, a SPC Councillor and Chair of SPC’s Planning Committee), to point out areas of proposed development. As Chair of Saltford Environment Group, Phil will be able to comment on the environmental value of the area and the wildlife that can be spotted (please bring binoculars if you have them!)

Councillors will also be present to discuss SPC’s actions to achieve landscape designation protection for the area, and answer any questions residents may have.

Saltford Parish Council strongly objected to proposals to build on Saltford’s green belt in its response to the B&NES Local Plan Options Consultation. For details please see our news article ‘SPC strongly objects to B&NES Council’s Local Plan Options Consultation proposals for 1,300 residences at South Saltford and West Saltford‘).

For a taste in advance of some of the beautiful countryside that will be viewed on the walk, please click on SPC’s ‘Saltford’s Area of Great Landscape Value – A photographic record‘. SPC continues to seek landscape designation protection at the area of Saltford South of the A4, please see SPC’s meeting minutes under ‘Planning Matters’ on our ‘Meetings – Agendas and Minutes‘ page for the latest updates.

SPC’s poster for the Parish Walk, as in the Saltford Festival brochure

Getting to the start point

Those attending the walk are encouraged to arrive by foot, bike or bus. There is limited on-street parking by Saltford Memorial Garden, please view signage in the area and park considerately if coming by vehicle.

More information about getting to Saltford can be found on SPC’s ‘Visitor Information‘ page.

Saltford Memorial Garden, the start and end location of the walk, is circled in red on the map above. Saltford Memorial Garden is located on the corner of Manor Road and the A4 Bath Road, Saltford.

More about Saltford Festival 2024

Saltford Festival 2024 is taking place from 7 June to 16 June 2024. The Saltford Festival brochure 2024 can be downloaded here.

SPC was pleased to give grant funding to Saltford Community Association’s Saltford Festival towards the costs of the brochure, to help raise awareness of the 60+ festival events taking place over the 10 days to encourage as many residents as possible to participate.

Details of the SPC’s Parish Walk can be found in the brochure on pages 3 and 18 (latter has text and a poster, please note the meeting point for SPC’s walk as mentioned on p.18 is incorrect, the start point is the Memorial Garden on the corner of Manor Road and A4 Bath Road).

Details about the Saltford Festival can also be viewed on Saltford Community Association’s dedicated webpage here, including a day-by-day guide.

For information about Saltford Festival events, please contact the volunteer Saltford Festival Team directly. Any enquires about SPC’s Parish Walk can be sent to Saltford Parish Council using the details on our ‘Contact Us‘ page.

Image shows the front page of the Saltford Festival brochure, using SPC’s images of the fingerpost and view over Saltford, as featured on SPC’s website.

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