Adriana Amor

We visit the Bristol riverside park with stunning gardens and an ancient mill

There are lots of areas for dogs to swim and play

Nestled by the River Frome in North Bristol’s Stapleton area lies the tranquil Snuff Mills, also known as Whitwood Mill.

The park is popular with dog walkers and families and is full of industrial history. At least five mills have been recorded in the valley, with only one mill, dating back to the end of the 13th century, remaining.

The mills were originally used to grind wheat into flour for bread, but over time, some were converted to run various types of machinery including hammers to make agricultural tools.

In 1926, Snuff Mills Park was bought by the Bristol Corporation as “a pleasure path walk for citizens of Bristol”. At the time, the mill building closest to the river was three storeys high, so due to concerns over public safety, the two upper floors were collapsed by authorities in the 1930s.

Snuff Mills is popular among locals and dog walkers. There are lots of areas for dogs to swim, lots of woodlands to sniff and paths for them to explore. Dogs need to be carried on a lead around the landscaped gardens near the entrance.

Here are 15 photos from our visit to Snuff Mills Park.

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