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Golden Valley, Wick, South Gloucestershire
A splendid walk alongside the fast running River Boyd and through the site of a former ochre works. Here the remains of buildings, stained red by the processing of ochre, stand in regenerated woodland.
There are two routes to higher ground, one less strenuous than the other. From here you have impressive views across open country towards Bath as well as a prospect over a limestone quarry with clearly defined geological strata.
A very satisfying loop walk for the able bodied, but the lower area is beautiful and fascinating in its own right and is served by level, even paths which are wheelchair acessible.
This is also the sort of place that appeals to the sense of adventure in children, but parents should be fully aware that the site presents potential hazards such as fast running water and steep slopes.
How to get here
Bike: approx 2 miles east from National Cycle Route 4 / Bristol and Bath Railway Path
Bus: not at all easy, the 634 & 635 make infrequent trips (Bristol-Marshfield) you might arrange a taxi from Warmley which is well served by bus and only 2 miles away
Car: A420 from Bristol, car park and directions to Golden Valley at Wick Village Hall
OS map: Landranger (1: 50 000 scale) 172, Explorer (1:25 000 scale) 155 also see Get-a-map in LH column.
Bristol centre - 7m west/ Bath centre - 5.5m southeast