Snuff Mills is a park in the Stapleton area of north Bristol, also known as Whitwood Mill.There are pleasant walks along the steep wooded banks of the River Frome, for example to Oldbury Court. The park was purchased in 1926 by the Corporation of Bristol as "a pleasure walk for citizens of Bristol" and restored in the 1980s by the Fishponds Local History Society.The park's name originates from one of the millers. His nickname was 'Snuffy Jack' because his smock was always covered in snuff.The park includes an old quarry and a stone mill. The old mill within the park was used for cutting and crushing stone from the many quarries along the Frome Valley during the late 19th century. It contains a waterwheel, egg-ended boiler in its setting and the remains of a vertical steam engine. Despite the name, tobacco snuff was never ground in this mill.Today, Snuff Mills is still a popular site for locals and visitors who come to enjoy the tranquility and natural surroundings. This stretch of the River Frome is also home to some of Bristol's otters.For travelers who use our world travel planner, Bristol holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Snuff Mills and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
Snuff Mills Reviews
The best place in Bristol by far, and the old Eastville stadium, a loving walk from Eastville Park followed along the river frome to Frenchay absolutely magnificent done it lots of times from... more »
Beautiful, well looked after, toilets and river for dogs to swim. Shame about the grumpy rude man in the shop more »
We love walking around the mills on a weekend. There is plenty of parking at each end and a few spots in the middle. We like to go along the water and along to the spot where all the dogs like to swim and play. Always meet new dog owners and families out doing the same thing as us. It can be wetter than you image even when it’s been dry for a few days so if you plan on heading down the bottom path take your walking boots or wellies.
If you are taking a walk along the river Frome, this is a good place to take a break. You can get coffee and tea or an ice cream. Takeaway or inside.
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