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Where are Swindon's best lockdown walks?

Lockdown 2.0 is here until 2nd December as the Government announced a second national stay-at-home order to stop the rising cases of Coronavirus. But as millions of us are told to stay at home, the walking boots are brought out (once again) and we set out ready to explore some of Swindon and the surrounding areas most beautiful walking destinations.

But what are Swindon’s best lockdown walks? Well whether you’re a seasoned rambler or a casual explorer, we’re here to help with our Total Guide to Swindon’s best lockdown walks. 

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Roves Farm

Roves Farm

Roves farm is one of Swindon’s most popular family days out destination with it’s 166-hectare local working farm attracting guests from all over the South-West. However, after being forced to shut their doors per the Governments orders, Roves Farm have adapted by opening some of their facilities to walkers, making it a fun and eye-catching place to do some exercise.

Open daily for walks from 9am to 5pm, the farm has set out four different walking routes ranging from 1 mile to 3 miles. Dogs are permitted to the venue however they must remain on a lead at all times and any dog poo must be collected and taken home by owners. All of their walking routes pass by the animal paddock giving kids a chance to see a range of farm animals including alpacas, goats, and donkeys.

Car parking is £3 (exact change only) and walking boots are encouraged.

Sat Nav Address: SN6 7QG

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Westonbirt Arboretum

Westonbirt Arboretum

Westonbirt Arboretum is still open for walkers this lockdown with its vast landscape exploding in Autumn colours making it a great destination for photographers and walkers alike. 

Just a 25 minute drive from Swindon, Westonbirt Arboretum is a stunning location to head out for a walk as you marvel at some of their world-famous trees, with over 2,500 different species of plants and trees on show, and get lost in the magnitude of pathways available to visitors.

Booking is currently essential at Westonbirt Arboretum and you can book your tickets by clicking below.

If you’re looking for natural beauty, then look no further than Westonbirt Arboretum this lockdown.

Sat Nav Address: GL8 8QS

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Lydiard Country Park

Lydiard Country Park

Lydiard Country Park is perhaps Swindon’s most popular walking destination as its expansive open spaces spanning across 260 acres attract hundreds of walkers and runners every day. Just a short distance from Swindon Town centre, Lydiard is a brilliant location if you’re bored of being at home this lockdown and looking to get outdoors in the fresh air. 

Witness Lydiard Park’s natural beauty this November as you brush through the leaf-strewn pathways and take in the stunning autumn scenery as the cold frost approaches. 

There is plenty of car parking available with payment machines and pay-by-phone parking available. 

Sat Nav Address: SN5 3PA

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Stanton Country Park

Situated in Upper Stratton, Stanton Country Park is a local wildlife and nature reserve, making it a great lockdown walking route if you’re wanting to catch a glimpse of some of Swindon’s rare wildlife including deer, red squirrels, and hedgehogs. 

Boasting a mix of greenery and woodland, along with a selection of ponds and lakes, Stanton Park is sure to leave you tired after an afternoon spent exploring their iconic Autumn walkways and footpaths. 
 
If you’re looking for somewhere to let your dog off the lead then this a great choice with dogs able to run freely and swim in the lake.

Sat Nav Address: SN6 7SF

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Barbury Castle

About: Three miles south of Wroughton, Barbury Castle is one of the highest points in the Swindon district and is one of the best locations to head for a walk during this second lockdown. Stretch your legs as you maraud over the roaming hills of Barbury and enjoy scenic countryside views of Wroughton, Swindon, and Marlborough. 

Dogs are permitted, but walkers should note that the terrain can be very uneven in some parts so make sure to take proper walking attire with you.

Parking is free and there are public toilets available.

Sat Nav Address: SN4 0QH

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