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Yate is a medium sized-town in Gloucestershire. It is contiguous with Chipping Sodbury.
Chipping Sodbury is a market town, notable for entrepreneurs, magical authors, and computer programming and high tech. It neighbour Yate, a major shopping destination for the local area.
Yate is mentioned in the Domesday Book and dates back to at least the 8th century; the name comes from the Old English word giete or gete, which means ‘a gateway into a forest area’. However, the two things that made the town what it is today were the opening of Yate railway station in 1844 and development into a commuter town for Bristol in the 1960s. Yate grew to almost absorb the neighbouring town of Chipping Sodbury. It is one of the larger towns in the area and a shopping destination for locals.
The name Chipping Sodbury comes from Old English: Sodbury means "Soppa's fort", Chipping indicates that a market was held there. The town was started when local land owner William Crassus decided to hold markets separately to his estate in Old Sodbury. The market became the nucleus of Chipping Sodbury and markets are still held. In the Elizabethan era, it becoming a popular stop for the new era of coaches, and many inns sprang up, some of which are still in service as pubs. Due to the rapid expansion of neighbouring town Yate, which is now contiguous with Chipping Sodbury, the two are often referenced as a single unit. Chipping Sodbury has retained a village-like quality compared to its more modern neighbour.
Take the M5 junction 16 or 14, then the B4509 to Iron Acton, then turn left to get to Yate. Around 20 minutes drive from the motorway network, M4 Junction 18 and M32 Junction 1 are the usual motorway links.
There are plenty of bus services in the area, mostly run by First Bus.
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Buses are frequent and regular, there is plenty of free parking in the large amounts of car parks.
- Kingsgate Park (between Sundridge Park and Scott Way, there are six entrances in total). Includes a lake and an adventure playground for children. Wildlife enthusiasts may be able to see the protected Greater Crested Newt by the lake.
- 1 The Road to Nowhere (Along the edge of Westerleigh Common, starts from the roundabout linking Shire Way, Rodford Way and Westerligh Road). An unfinished road starting in the south west of town. It was meant to connect to Station Road in the north west but the project ran out of money in the 1970s. It has been used to film television series, and by pedestrians and cyclists. Foot paths connect it to Yate Station.
The Yate Shopping centre is huge, almost compareable to the Cribbs Causeway near Patchway. In 2012 a new larger Tesco was built accommodating more parking spaces and there are plans for shops including Marks and Spencer to be built. It also has a large number of market stalls, "pound shops", and caters to both rich and poor tourists.
All major foods catered for. McDonald's in town.
There are plenty of pubs in Yate and many more in neighbouring Chipping Sodbury, which is easily within walking distance of Yate.
- Abbotswood Inn (or the "002", a previous name still used by some locals), Abbotswood, BS37 4NG (part of the Abbotswood shopping area on Rodford Way), ☎ . M-Sa 11AM-11PM, Su noon–10:30PM. A local pub for the southern end of town
- Shire Way Community Centre ("The Club"), Shire Way, BS37 8YS (opposite the street Badgeworth), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition to the main bar area (with darts, pool, and an outside play area for children), the building has two other halls with bars for functions and assorted meeting rooms. Open to everyone, although members of the Community Association receive a discount.
- White Lion, Church Rd, BS37 5BG (just north of Yate Shopping Centre), ☎ . M-W 11AM-11PM, Th-Sa 11AM–midnight, Su noon–10:30PM. Also provides Bed and Breakfast for those who want to combine accommodation with their night life
- White Lion, Church Rd, ☎ .
The Tesco Extra based in the town has lots of computers for sale. There also phone shops that sell mobille (cell) phone simcards and 4G internet access. There is also Internet Access in the libraries as well.