The sleepy village between Bristol and Bath where people feel ‘belong’

Saltford is known to many as a passing village; a crossing point between the bustling cities of Bristol and Bath. Most people will have traveled through Saltford, which neighbors Keynsham, to reach Bristol or Bath as it lies along the key road linking them – the A4 Bath Road.

But Saltford is actually home to a long-established community, where “everyone knows each other and feels like they belong”. The community has adapted to a series of changes over the past decade where the village, which once lacked identity, thrives with families, couples and young people.

There are “sold out” signs on almost every street corner in Saltford, and it’s easy to see why. It enjoys a key position along a busy A road and is also situated along the glorious Bristol Bath railway line.

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Its homes are a mix of luxury blocks with wide driveways accessed by mechanical gates and quaint cottages dotted with plants and flowers. There are also hidden Grade II listed buildings, including Saltford House, believed to have been built in the 1700s by architect Thomas Bennett for his own use.

Saltford House

Like everywhere, home prices in Saltford reflect its growing popularity and prime location. According to Move righthouses there had an overall average price of £538,944 over the past year, up 6% on the previous year.

Rightmove said: ‘The majority of sales in Saltford over the last year have been of individual properties, selling for an average price of £601,478. Semi-detached properties were selling for an average of £458,500, with semi-detached properties costing £380,000.

As well as being within walking distance of Keynsham town center and a short drive to country towns and pubs, its public transport system seems to work. A local waiting at the bus stop along Bath Road opposite The Crown pub tells me that there are two main services between Bristol and Bath, the X39 and the 39, and both run every half-hours until the wee hours of the morning. There is also the airport service, the A4, which operates by the hour.

A bus stop along the A4 Bath Road

Salford also has great places to eat and drink, such as The Riverside along the banks of the River Avon and Thai Cafe along Bath Road. The Thai Cafe opens in the evening and serves delicious Thai food, but is so integrated into the community that it welcomes people for a cup of tea during the day.

Nikki, the owner of Thai Cafe, says: “Saltford has become the place to be. Everyone knows each other and helps each other.

“I have been here for about 20 years. Previously it was mainly retirees who lived here, but now we welcome more families and young people.

Showing the lights and furniture inside the restaurant, Nikki said, “The people of the village helped make the restaurant what it is today. If something is broken, someone will help you and fix it.

“People from the community helped me get the restaurant back up and running after we had to close for eight months. Everyone is so nice and so helpful. That’s what makes the village so great, the people who live there. I feel like I belong.

Nikki and Mackee work at the Thai Cafe on Bath Road

“In Saltford you have things like a parking space. You don’t get that in most cities. I also know that if I get home at 10 p.m. from work, I will be safe. You don’t get antisocial behavior here.

Thai Cafe overlooks the busy Bath Road. “Fortunately traffic is slowed down due to traffic lights,” Nikki added. “We pass a lot of cars, but people have to get to work and we understand that. These people, the people who drive through the village, are not the people who live here.

Salford Parish Council takes responsibility for local issues in the village. Speaking about the village to BristolLive, a spokesperson for the parish council said: ‘Many people who live and work in the village make Saltford a great place through their voluntary contributions, which are celebrated each year with the council’s community awards. parish of Saltford. Much of the community activity is centered around Saltford Hall, run by the Saltford Community Association.

“Saltford is fortunate to have a community-run post office and library on the A4 Bath Road, as well as many active commercial businesses based around the village. Saltford is surrounded by a green belt which preserves its setting rural; caring for the local environment is an issue close to the hearts of many villagers, as evidenced by the many members of the Saltford Environment Group and Saltford Wombles.

“The village is served by the Bristol to Bath Railway which is popular with walkers and cyclists. As a rural community, Saltford Parish Council welcomes thoughtful visitors who follow country code, who don’t leave no record of their visit by bringing their litter home or using one of the many bins around the village. Residents of Saltford appreciate the considerate parking of visitors, and the use of public transport is strongly encouraged due to the limited number of parking spaces in the village.

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