The scenic railway from Bristol to Weymouth


Almost halfway between Bristol and Bath, Keynsham has a range of independent retailers and is a Fairtrade town, with a great Farmers Market on the second Saturday of the month. The Parish Church of St. John has a beautiful seventeenth century tower that offers good views over the surrounding countryside. The River Avon skirts round the edge of Keynsham and there are delightful riverside walks with country pubs and cafes. A good starting point for walking, with the Two Rivers Way very close to the station, The Monarch’s Way, The River Avon Trail and the Bristol to Bath Railway path.  (Ordnance Survey Map:  Explorer 155). The Millennium Mosaic Trail is a historical walking route which starts and finishes in Keynsham town centre. The trail, illustrated by ten mosaics, depicts the history of the town dating back to 1167.

AVON VALLEY RAILWAY: Based at BITTON, an original Midland Railway station, which is the departure point for a one hour railway journey back in time. Steam trains run on certain days (there is full timetable on their website below).  Bitton station is well worth a visit even when the trains are not running – the old Booking Hall is bedecked with historic railway artefacts, you can enjoy a delicious meal in the buffet and the original ladies waiting room is now home to the station shop. One and half miles’ walk from Keynsham, or Bus 42 (operated by First) from Station Road on the opposite side to the station exit.  Buses run every 20 minutes on Mondays to Saturdays and hourly on Sundays, with set down in Willsbridge (ask the driver for the Avon Valley Railway).

(Note: Please take great care crossing the road from the main station exit, as speeding traffic can be a hazard)

Farmers' Market