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Top 10 Walks in Swindon
Swindon might be a bustling town, but there's surprisingly a lot of open space to enjoy a walk through the countryside, along a canal or with a beautiful view of Wiltshire. There's a lot of choice in Swindon, but we've helped make it easier by putting together the Top 10 walks our town has to offer!
Whether you're aiming to improve your fitness or just looking for a different place to walk the dog, here's our list of 10 walks in Swindon we believe are worth doing!
1. Barbury Castle
Barbury Castle Country Park is just a short drive out of Swindon, 3 miles south of Wroughton. Situated at the same level as Hackpen Hill, Barbury Castle is one of the highest points in the Swindon area. Enjoy a stroll whilst being surrounded by beautiful countryside views of Wroughton, Swindon and towards Marlborough. For the car park, use postcode SN4 0QH on SatNav. Parking is free and there are toilets. Note: Beware of uneven surfaces.
2. Lydiard Park
Lydiard Park is one of Swindon's favourites, and anyone could see why. With 200+ acres of beautiful rolling countryside, a stunning Georgian House and Lake, Lydiard is a much loved spot for tourists and visitors alike. Enjoy a walk around the famous Lake, through the walled garden, and around as many fields as you like! Use postcode of SN5 3PA. Parking is £2 for 2 hours, £4 all day. Toilets and cafe are situated a 3 minute walk from the car park.
3. The Ridgeway
The Ridgeway Path is the old road that runs from Cornwall to London. Now it's a public footpath offering fantastic views all over the rolling Wiltshire hills. By parking at Hackpen Hill, you have the opportunity to walk either north towards Barbury Castle (around a two mile walk there) or south towards Avebury. The track is flat and has a good path. Unfortunately there are no toilet facilities. Parking is free, use postcode SN4 9NR on SatNav for car park.
4. Jubilee Lake
Situated just outside of Swindon in Royal Wootton Bassett, Jubilee Lake is a short but sweet walk for those who fancy a quick stroll. The small lake is perfect for those who are just taking the dog for a swim or have kids who want to feed the ducks! The lake is a short walk from the free car park through a beautiful woodland. There are small paths and alley ways leading into other areas of the town, and the park itself is just a 15 minute walk from Royal Wootton Bassett High Street.
5. White Horse Hill
White Horse Hill is a 30 minute drive out of Swindon, but it's definitely worth it. With views across 3 different counties, the famous Uffington White Horse and Uffington Castle, it's a walk that everyone will love. It is owned by National Trust so there is a car park charge of £3 unless you are a member. Unfortunately there are no toilets. Ice Cream vans will be there on sunny days! For car park, use postcode of SN7 7QJ for SatNav. Note: uneven surfaces.
6. Shaw Forest
The Shaw Forest is a hidden gem based in West Swindon. Just off of Mead Way (by TH White), the park is fantastic for walks. From meadows to woodland areas to big wide open fields, the Shaw Forest is perfect for dogs and children. There are many different paths all around the park, so you can choose the distance walk you want to do. For the car park, use postcode of SN5 7EX on a SatNav. Note: Unfortunately there are no toilets on site. All the walkways have flat, gravelled paths.
7. Town Gardens
If you know Old Town, you will for sure know how much of a beauty and credit the Town Gardens is to Swindon. Although situated in the heart of Swindon, you'd never guess! The park is incredibly tranquil, with beautiful formal gardens, a stunning bandstand, rose garden, birds (next to fountain) and woodland walks perfect for the dog. April is a great time to visit - the blossom trees at in the south of the park make a beautiful photo! The paths are all flat and concrete. Toilets situated in the rose garden, parking on Quarry Road SN1 4EN, next to the play park and tennis courts.
8. The Lawns
The Lawns, like the Town Gardens, is a hidden gem in the town centre. With two stunning lakes and fields upon fields of lawn to run free on, it makes a wonderful walk. There is so much history to read about too - you'll see where the original Goddard House stood (did you ever wonder where the 'Goddard Arms' pub name came from?) and walk through their gardens. The Lawns is a stone throw from High Street, Old Town. Postcode: SN3 1EH
9. Coate Water
I don't think we could have made this list without including the wonderful Coate Water! It's a Swindon favourite with it's large fishing lake, crazy golf, cafe, and of course the beautiful lakeside walk. Perfect for feeding the ducks, geese and swans! The circular walk of the lake is just 1.7 miles, however there are many other paths you can take to go further. Car Parking: £1 for 2 hours, £2 for 1 - 24 hours. Follow postcode of SN3 6AA.
10. Swindon Canal Path and Old Railway Line
As one of Swindon's hidden gems, not many people are aware of a canal that runs through the centre of town. Beginning at the bottom of Kingshill and running down to Waitrose, a path sits alongside the canal all the way. Note: The canal path will end by Waitrose, so you'd have to go either back the same way or through the town. There are no toilets and parking is difficult, but there are several layby's off of Peglars Way and side streets nearby. The old railway line runs above this (from Blagrove to Old Town) and gives you fantastic views all over Old Town and towards Wroughton. Use postcode SN1 7NU.
So there we have it, these are what we believe to be the Top 10 Walks in Swindon! Have we missed your favourite? Tweet us @TotalSwindon with your favourite Swindon walk!