A much sought-after village, Saltford offers a wide range of local shops, a doctor's surgery, dentist, post office, hairdressers, garage, a library and chemist's and has regular bus services. Saltford's many social facilities include four public houses (two overlooking the River Avon), rugby and football grounds, golf course, marina with sailing club, dance clubs, operatic society, scouts and brownie clubs, park and recreation ground, rowing club (Avon County) and even a swimming pool and hot tub company!
There is an excellent primary school, nursery and pre-school, and playgroups for those with young children.
The beautiful River Avon runs along the lower part of Saltford village with far reaching views across rolling hills up towards Kelston Roundhill; a favourite local walk offering wonderful views from the top. The 13 mile Bath to Bristol cycle path runs through the village and directly past the Bird in Hand public house where many a cyclist succumbs for some much needed refreshment halfway along their route!
Both the river and cycle path give Saltford village a really lovely quiet and serene atmosphere, yet touristy feel, especially in the summer months. The wealth of hills and greenery around makes you feel like you are in the countryside, whilst never being more than a few minutes from major bus and train routes. This makes it ideal for commuters, families and older people wanting the quiet life but without too much travelling to the major cities.
Keynsham contains about 25,000 residents and is part of Bath and North-East Somerset Council. The town has a long history dating back to Roman times and a strong sense of community.
With a host of independent retailers, specialist shops and a number of national stores, Keynsham has something for everyone, including many places to eat and drink, along with safe and secure parking. Keynsham stages a very popular music festival every year in addition to a number of events planned throughout the year including a monthly Farmers' Market located around the Clocktower in the High Street, as well as a Victorian Market night before Christmas.
Whether you are interested in sport, music, drama, or just interesting in meeting new people, Keynsham and the surrounding area has a wide range of clubs, societies and groups for everyone’s tastes and interests.
With regards to education, there is an exceptionally good senior school which has an outstanding OFSTED report, in addition to another senior school and several primary schools. Keynsham Railway Station offers local connecting services to Bath Spa Railway Station which provides high speed links to London, Paddington (approx. 90 minutes) and Bristol Temple Meads with excellent links to the West Country, Wales and the Midlands.
Saltford and Keynsham are surrounded by glorious Somerset countryside and many charming village communities such as Corston, Compton Dando, Farrington Gurney, Chewton Keynsham, Bitton, Queen Charlton, Marksbury, High Littleton to name but a few.
All of these villages are very popular with families moving to the area for the excellent schools as well as commuters preferring the village life whilst working in the City.