Oldfield Park is officially Bath’s best connected community! We were very interested to read the latest study published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Across the whole of Bath & North East Somerset, Oldfield Park came top as the best connected neighbourhood. The study ranked every one of 32,844 neighbourhoods in England based on how long the ONS says it takes an average person to reach primary and secondary schools, GP surgeries and food shops, plus major railway stations and major airports.
Ideally placed off the southern fringe of the city centre, its easy to see why Oldfield Park is so popular with residents. The ONS study highlighted primary and secondary schools within ten minutes walk. As well as local doctors and dentists, the main hospital is under 30mins walk away.
Public transport connections are awesome with Oldfield station at the end of Moorland Road. Plenty of bus routes cut through and around the suburb. The myriad delights of the city centre are a comfortable stroll to the north (without any hills to navigate). Transport hubs like Bristol Temple Meads or Bristol Airport are easy to get to by car or bus.
All these stats are great but what really makes Oldfield Park a close knit community is Moorland Road. Alongside Chelsea Road, Larkhall Square, Twerton High St and Combe Down’s Avenue shops, its one of the few remaining “village” High Streets left in the city and probably the biggest of the lot. Butcher, greengrocer, fishmonger, hardware, bank, Post Office – we’ve got all of them and plenty more. Where else would you find a range of independent eateries from a vegan cafe to craft beer & pizza or award winning fish & chips? Moorland Road attracts residents from all across Bath to shop alongside the regulars and there’s always enough chatting on the pavements to go along with the shopping.
This level of connectivity and community attracts a diverse range of residents. Houses once heavily populated by GWR railway staff and cabinet makers in the 1880s now offer homes to students, retired and everyone in between. Recent developments have brought the Norland Nanny college to the area. Further plans around the Lower Bristol Road should rejuvenate old industrial sites into more homes.
It may be a tightly packed suburb of mainly terraces but Oldfield Park isn’t short of green space either. Play areas and dog walking at the Sandpits and the Brickfields lie alongside the Linear Park across the southern edge of Oldfield, which in turn gives access via the Two Tunnels out into the Midford Valley.
If you’re looking to live in Bath and want the best connections in a thriving community, come along to Moorland Road for an explore!