Barton Farm Country Park
Barton Farm Country Park is a delightful 36-acre countryside facility bounded by the River Avon and the Kennet and Avon Canal that offers something for everyone - walking, rowing, fishing, nature study or just relaxing with a picnic by the River Avon. The Park was acquired by Wiltshire Council in 1971 and is open to visitors all year round, free of charge.
The Country Park is a place for both people and wildlife. The picnic areas and some paths are closely cut for recreational use, whereas many of the wildlife-rich areas are managed specifically to encourage a wide range of plant species, which support small mammals, birds and insects. Barton Farm Country Park is a place for all seasons; as well as delightful walks and other activities in and around the Country Park, there are historic buildings, craft and tea shops, the Kennet and Avon Canal and the picturesque and historic Bradford on Avon to visit nearby.
The Farmhouse, granary and tithe barn of the original Barton Farm, located close to the entrance of the Park, date back to the 14th century. The packhorse bridge, spanning the River Avon, was built around the same time so that produce could be brought from the other side of the river to be stored in the tithe barn. Many of the buildings are listed structures and the packhorse bridge is a Scheduled Ancient Monument.
A pleasant 45-minute walk takes you from the entrance of the park to Avoncliff, either by following the canal towpath from the tithe barn or along the riverside and through the meadows. Whichever route you choose you will see that the Country Park is a haven for wildlife.
At Avoncliff you can hear the rushing weir close to the former cloth mills, a reminder that wool and cloth once formed the basis of the Bradford on Avon economy. Footpaths continue from Avoncliff to the villages of Turleigh, Winsley and Upper Westwood and through the beautiful Lympley Stoke Valley to Bath. The aqueduct at Avoncliff was built by John Rennie between 1746 and 1788 to carry the Kennet and Avon Canal over the river Avon.
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Location: Barton Farm Country Park is well sign posted and is located off the B3109 on the edge of the historic town of Bradford on Avon.
Grid reference: ST 823 603 (entrance)
Parking: Although there are no parking facilities within the country park, there is ample parking nearby in the Council car park and at the railway station. The Country Park is only a short walk from the town centre.
Toilets: The nearest public toilets are situated at the railway station car park.
Last updated: 2 September 2011