Visiting Freshford

Freshford is a charming village, set in lovely rolling countryside on the eastern border of Somerset and at
the southern tip of the Cotswolds.  The River Frome joins the river Avon here, meaning there are wonderful walks to be enjoyed along the two river valleys.  Nearby, too, is the Kennet and Avon Canal, a key East-West link in the heyday of inland water transport and now a delightful leisure facility for walkers, cyclists and boaters.  

Facilities for visitors include the well-known Inn at Freshford - an idyllic 16th Century village inn offering good food, real ales, an attractive garden, ample parking and a warm welcome - and The Galleries Shop and Café - an award-winning community venture, well-stocked with provisions and providing refreshments and light lunches.  
Transport links are excellent with a good rail service to Freshford's own station and a regular bus service connecting the village to Bath and Trowbridge.  
The earliest written evidence of a settlement at Freshford dates from the tenth century.  For more details on the history of the village visit or see local historian Dr Alan Dodge’s highly recommended ‘Freshford – The History of a Somerset Village’, 2nd edition published December 2014, available at £12 from The Galleries shop.
Click on the picture to the left for a 1962 BBC documentary - 'Men of Steam' - about the Great Western Railway and narrated by John Betjeman, which includes several minutes about Freshford Station.
Parish Council Communications,
14 Dec 2014, 07:25