The enchanting village of Freshford is situated in some of the most glorious countryside along our line, at the southern-most tip of the Cotswolds, five miles south-east of Bath. The village sits above the convergence of the Frome and Avon rivers with lovely stone buildings that seem almost untouched by time, and the surrounding hills and valleys provide habitats for a rich diversity of wildlife and flora, making this a perfect start and end point for a country walk.
The Galleries Shop and Cafe, built, owned, run and loved by the community is a great place to start or end a walk. Local produce and bread and pastries baked on the premises are on sale in the shop, and at the heart of a delicious menu of light meals, lunch or tea. The village also has one of the great pubs along our line – the Inn at Freshford, with delicious food and a dreamy setting in the river valley. Iford Manor with its romantic garden designed by Harold Peto is not far away, and is included in the 3.5 mile Two Valleys circular walking route which takes in two excellent pubs.
The enchanting hill top village of Freshford is one of the most unspoilt destinations along the line, with quiet lanes, historic architecture, a wonderful community cafe and one of the best pubs along the route!
Photo: Freshford Parish Council
Freshford in 1953
A still from the 1953 Ealing Comedy “The Titfield Thunderbolt”, with several scenes filmed in and around Freshford. It has barely changed since (apart from the clothes, perhaps).
The local community have taken the railway station to their hearts, recovering, restoring and reinstalling two of the original “running in” boards and creating glorious landscaped gardens.
Galleries Shop and Café
Built, owned and run by the community, with a strong focus on locally sourced produce (there is even a herb garden you can help yourself from), all creatively used for the delicious cafe menu. A great place to start from for a walk into the beautiful surrounding countryside
The Inn at Freshford
Heavenly setting in the valley, heavenly Box Hill Brewery Ales!