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Friary History and Wildlife

The hamlet of Friary is named for its close association with the monastery of Hinton Charterhouse. One field called Church Close and another named Corn Close date back to when a large community of farming lay monks lived in this valley. Only the 14th century Refectory remains substantially intact of the large monastery today, but there are a few remnants - a long disused mill on the River Frome, old paths long trodden through Friary Wood and the curious medieval fragments of stone masonry often found in the area.

The historic weaving village of Freshford is within walking distance. This lively village still has a regular rail service (Bath 7 minutes, London from 1 hour 45 minutes) and a thriving village shop and café as well as a well-known pub. The Inn at Freshford, boasts its own brewery, The Box Steam Brewery, and visits can be arranged in advance.

Iford Manor with its famous Peto Gardens and summer season Arts Festival is also within walking distance. For more ambitious walkers there is the fascinating hamlet of Avoncliff perched on the side of the renovated Kennet and Avon Canal. You can get there by hiring a barge from Bradford on Avon or from the Dundas Aqueduct basin at nearby Limpley Stoke.

Traces of the Roman Roads, including the Fosse Way, can be seen locally as well as the ancient drovers’ and pack horse paths. These transected the valleys, whereas more recent, but also now abandoned, transport routes ran along the valley floors. You can follow the indentation of the old Somerset Coal Canal by foot and the disused line of the Camerton branch railway, made famous by the film The Titfield Thunderbolt, can be explored on foot or by bicycle.

An extraordinary display of flora and fauna is found in the environs of Friary. Barn owls and buzzards favour the woodland, along with hedgehogs, badgers and munjac. Kingfishers, sedge warblers, herons and mute swans grace the river, where chubb, trout and dragon flies multiply each year. Sparrow hawks, thrushes and finches are seen amongst a host of other birds, and butterflies, on the water meadows where cattle gently graze.

Click on Local Map to see some local highlights and print off your copy.

Friary is scheduled by Historic England.

Scheduled by Historic England

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