The Ramblers Association - Yate Group

Walks and Pathways

There are footpaths all over Yate, criss-crossing the town north to south and east to west. These footpaths, or rights of way, date back hundreds of years and are still used by people to go about their business or for leisure purposes.

The Frome Valley Walkway is a popular walking route, following the River Frome from Old Sodbury, through Chipping Sodbury and Yate. The Walkway carries on towards Iron Acton and beyond to Bristol.

Another well known route is The Jubilee Way, devised in 1985 to celebrate the Ramblers’ Association’s fiftieth anniversary. The Jubilee Way links the Severn Way to the Cotswold Way and enters the Parish of Yate to the north of Yate Rocks, taking walkers through fields to Brimsham Park and then across to Sodbury Common. There are also footpaths around The Common, some of which suit wheelchair users and pushchairs.

Ridge Woods stands on the ridge marking the boundary between Yate and Chipping Sodbury. This woodland is home to native and exotic deciduous trees, wild flowers and wildlife.

Yate by Foot

You can find out more about local walks in the Yate by Foot section of this website.

Download Local Walking Leaflets

Yate Town Council has provided a variety of local walks which you can download in the Local Walking Leaflets download section. You can also get information from Yate Town Council Offices at Poole Court, Yate Library and The Tourist Information Centre. These walkway leaflets are revised from time to time.

Southwold Ramblers

Southwold Ramblers is the local group of the Ramblers Association based in Yate, which works with both Yate Town Council and South Gloucestershire Council on maintaining rights of way in the area. Southwold members assist with path surveying, clearances and way marking. The group has a programme of regular walks, in the local area and further away.

The Southwold Group can be contacted on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone Sharifa Naqui, Group Secretary, on 01179 697246.

Why not explore your local environment and get some exercise at the same time?