The picturesque village of Frampton on Severn is a very nice rural settlement to the south of Gloucestershire. Frampton is home to one of the longest village greens in the whole of the UK. The village is surrounded by some fantastic countryside, ideal for hikers and nature lovers including birdwatchers.
The village has three inland waterways, two rivers and a canal to enjoy and have a walk along; The Gloucester to Sharpness Canal, River Frome and River Severn. All of these have great walks through the countryside and not far from WWT Slimbridge or the boat graveyard at Purton.
Things to see and do in Frampton on Severn
Tourists are drawn to the village for a variety of reasons mostly due to its appearance and great walking in the area.
Visit the Village Green
Frampton is blessed one of the longest village greens in England which is pretty special. The green is 22 acres in size, it is home to a few fishing lakes, a cricket pitch and a great place for a walk. The green has a few pubs and cafes for refreshments.
The area surrounding the village Green has been designated a Conservation Area. this is due to the historic architecture of the buildings of the area. These include buildings covering several centuries of history, from Cruck Cottages to eyecatching Tudor and Georgian houses.
Walk To Saul Junction
Saul Junction is not far from the village and just along the canal towpath. This is a nice flat walk along the waterfront where you can enjoy views of the canal and see many boats. The Stables Cafe is great for refreshments here, a popular spot for dog walkers and hikers alike.
St Mary’s Church
The church of St Mary the Virgin in the village was consecrated in 1315, it actually dates from the 12th century with the first records being from 1228. The oldest part of the present-day church in Frampton is the Romanesque font that dates back to the 12th century. St Mary’s has a fascinating history of the building on their website
The church is open daily for prayer and quiet reflection for visitors throughout the year. St Mary’s church is stunning to look at from the farm fields to the rear or from the canal.
Visit WWT Slimbridge
Located less than 10 mins away by car or a nice hour-long rural walk is WWT Slimbridge. This is a popular place to visit for families or those interested in wildlife, particularly native birds. WWT Slimbridge is a wetland nature reserve run by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, it is based in a beautiful rural location in between The River Severn Estuary and the Gloucester-Sharpness canal. It is home to many wild Swans, Ducks, Geese and even some Otters.
Circular Walk along Canal
The village is great for walking, especially as it is pretty flat, there are many circular walks. The gloucester-Sharpness Canal is ideal for those looking for a circular walk. Starting at the Bell you can wander down the green enjoying the pretty houses and scenery.
Once you reach the church, walkers can cross the bridge then turn right along the canal towpath. This section is beautiful with views of the canal, countryside and River Severn in the distance.
Located just at the far end of the green in the Sailing Club that calls the gravel pits home. This is a nice place for a walk or to sit and relax overlooking the lake watching the going on at the sailing club.
FOSSC is a sailing club that you can visit for a taster session, lessons or as a full member participate in the water sport on the lake.
Pubs, Restaurants & Cafes
For those looking for a meal out in the village or a place for sustenance after a stroll, there are a few options for you.
The Bell Inn
The Bell Inn Frampton on Severn is a nice local pub and restaurant. It is located at the top of the Gloucester end of the village green. The pub serves both fine food including a delicious Sunday roast and quality local beer. The main menu is a bistro-style affair with some great options cooked with locally sourced ingredients.
On a summers day, the beer garden overlooking the green is a fantastic place to watch the world go by or a game of cricket. A popular spot for dog walkers as it is dog-friendly as well as hikers, canal boat travellers and food lovers. The pub also offers four-star bed & breakfast accommodation in nice surroundings.
The Three Horseshoes
Located in the middle of the green is The Three Horseshoes public house. The Three Horseshoes is a traditional family-run pub with a great beer garden. The pub serves a delicious selection of home-cooked meals.
The restaurants signature dishes are its pies, these come in a variety of favours from steak and kidney to a vegetarian option. One of the unique pies is their game pie that includes pheasant, partridge, duck and rabbit. The Three Horseshoes has many options for drinking including real-ale, cider, wines and spirits. For beer lovers is useful to note that this establishment has been in the CAMRA good beer guide. One of the featured ales served is the locally brewed Uley Bitter, a copper coloured beer with great flavours.
Where to Stay?
The village has many rental properties for holidays in this part of the country as well as other accommodation. For currently available places to rest your head, hotels.com is a great place to start. This comprehensive site should help you to find the perfect place for you to book.