Olveston & Aust Community Website


for the Civil Parishes of Olveston and Aust

Welcome to the nine Severnside villages and hamlets of Olveston, Tockington, Awkley, Ingst, Old Down, Lower Hazel, Aust, Elberton and Littleton on Severn



You can read a Covid update from South Gloucestershire Council here, explaining the Tier 3 rules and the reasons for having them.  Locally, Bristol and North Somerset have also been assigned to Tier 3 because of high numbers of cases.

You can see the South Gloucestershire Covid-19 statistics dashboard here. The number of cases in South Gloucestershire has been and continues to be very high.  It's starting to come down - but let's work together to get the number of cases as low as we can, as fast as we can.  We can all do our bit! 


New announcements are being made every day regarding the Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic, and the situation is fairly complex. 

Check out the latest government Coronavirus advice here.  You can also see the latest statistics, for our area and others. 

This continues to be a difficult time for everyone, with a lot of uncertainty, but REMEMBER, you live in a caring, local community.  If you need help or advice, don't be afraid to reach out and ask. 

Meanwhile, don't forget that one way of staying healthy is to take regular exercise in the fresh air (even if the weather is less than perfect!) and there are many suggestions for local walks if you scroll down this page. 

If you have children or grandchildren, get those boots on and try a Scavenger Hunt, using ideas from the Woodland Trust.


Olveston Parish Council Needs You

Read this to discover how, by contributing your time and effort, you can help improve your local community. There are openings for two new Councillors.


Read the story behind this painting, courtesy of Alison Dix, in the August edition of Meeting Point.

Painting of Tockington by F Crang



Many local residents will have got to know, over the last few years, the wonderful local project called A Forgotten Landscape.  Largely funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, staffed by enthusiastic, imaginative and hard-working project workers but - above all - supported by a large band of locally recruited volunteers, this project has celebrated the heritage and the natural environment of the Lower Severn Vale levels.  Although the project was wound up in 2019, its legacy lives on!

Map of the Forgotten Landscape area

Firstly, the project website will stay live for another five years.

15 walking routes Lower Severn Vale

Secondly, fifteen new walking routes have been created in the area. The walks have each been waymarked on the ground, and many include some of the project's benches and interpretation points along the way. Beautifully produced packs of these walks (see picture above) have been widely distributed, but you can access the walks online here.

Tales of the Vale Stories from A Forgotten Landscape

In addition, there is also a pack called Tales of the Vale: Stories from A Forgotten Landscape. This is a mixture of historical research and fascinating oral history interviews on CD, both undertaken by groups of local volunteers over two years.   Again, you can access the Tales of the Vale online.

All this material has also been deposited at Gloucestershire Archives, to be held there permanently.

There are many other interesting aspects to the project website which remain relevant, including ideas for places to visit, details of local birdlife, beautiful soundscapes, and some learning resources for primary schoolchildren.  If you have some spare time, it's worth exploring - not least because it may give you ideas for things to do locally!



Leaflets have been produced, detailing six circular walks in Olveston Parish.

  Leaflet cover

You can download each walk leaflet from the list below.

The walks are:

1. Round Olveston

2. Olveston and Old Down

3. Old Down and Rudgeway

4. Old Down and Tockington

5. Between Olveston and Tockington

6. Down to the Motorway

If you want to stay active during the autumn and winter, get those warm and waterproof layers on, find a pair of boots and head on out!  Even a 15 minute walk will get the blood circulating and your cheeks rosy! 

Elberton & the Severn Bridge from Olveston 

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The remains of an old salmon fishing engine on the Severn