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Swindon Nature Trails

Swindon's Best Family Nature Trails

Nature trails are a brilliant way to get outdoors and experience wildlife and nature, with Swindon playing home to some of Wiltshire's best family-friendly nature trails. Check out our pick of the best nature trails in and around Swindon below and head on over to one of those featured for an afternoon packed with animals, insects, wildflowers, and exciting walks.

Check out our featured nature trails around Swindon below...


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Roves Farm

Roves Farm

Family Friendly: Yes

About: A day out at Roves Farm is a brilliant way to get outdoors with the family as you experience the fantastic farm, indoor play barn, in-house farm shop, and head out on a guided tractor ride. 
But did you know Roves Farm also boast a brilliant family nature trail walk? Their short walk is suitable for the whole family as you travel along grass paths through woodlands, wildlife habitats, past animal paddocks and more. Kids can pick up an Explorers Activity Sheet from reception and can even collect stamps along the way on Roves’ Stamp Trail!

Main Features: Animal paddocks, Woodlands, Children’s activity sheets, Animals.

Address: Roves Farm & Visitor Centre, Sevenhampton, Swindon, SN6 7QG

Price: Various

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Nightingale Wood

Family Friendly: Yes

About: The nature trail around Swindon’s Nightingale Wood is just over 2km long and is a brilliant walk for bug and bird lovers! Surrounded by beautiful woodland, you will find the peaceful place easily accessible for those of all ages, with prams and wheelchairs being able to cope with the terrain, and kids able to enjoy spotting beautiful birds and other eye-catching wildlife. There are several trails connected to the main trail as well, giving you the opportunity to extend your walks along this brilliant nature trail in Swindon.

Main Features: Birdwatching, Pram and wheelchair accessible, Wildlife, Several trails.

Address: Nightingale Wood, Swindon, SN3 4SX

Price: Free

Hackpen Hill

About: Famous for the Hackpen White Horse, Hackpen Hill is a great family-friendly outing, providing sensational views of Wiltshire and the nearby Marlborough Downs. A 20-minute drive from Swindon, Hackpen Hill boasts a variety of wildlife to take pictures of including horses, sheep, birds, and insects. As part of The Ridgeway, Hackpen Hill is popular amongst walkers and is also one of the best places in Wiltshire to watch the sunset.

Main Features: White Horse, Wildlife, Ridgeway trail, Stunning views.

Address: Broad Hinton, Wiltshire, SN8 1RE

Price: Free

Mouldon Hill Lake Circular

Family Friendly: Yes

About: Coming in at under 1km, this is Swindon’s shortest nature trail but don’t let that distract you from the exciting family activities that Mouldon Hill Lake has to offer. The massive lake is a brilliant habitat for ducks, fish, wild birds, and insects, and is a brilliant place for children to explore nature and experience Swindon’s wildlife and wildflowers. The route is dog-friendly as well and the park also has additional routes to explore that are perfect for activities such as fishing and mountain biking.

Main Features: Lake, Wildlife, Pram and wheelchair accessible, Wildflowers.

Address: Moulden Hill Car Park, Swindon SN25 1WH

Price: Free

Peatmoor Lagoon

Family Friendly: Yes

About: Peatmoor Lagoon is a popular nature trail and walking route for Swindon’s families and is a brilliant trail to head out for a days afternoon exploring Swindon’s wildlife. Marvel at the lagoon and the surrounding nature, and take snaps off the fish, free-roaming wild birds, and bugs on show. This a great place to introduce the kids to nature and is well worth a visit on a hot summers day.

Main Features: Lagoon, Wildlife, Pram and wheelchair accessible, Wildflowers.

Address: Peatmoor, Swindon, SN5 5DJ

Price: Free

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