New Swindon walking trail to be created

By Barrie Hudson - 10 February 2021


A new trail for walkers is set to open later this year.

  • Parish council chair Chris Watts and fellow councillor Linda Kasmaty pictured at a section of the trail

    Parish council chair Chris Watts and fellow councillor Linda Kasmaty pictured at a section of the trail

The South Swindon Green Corridor is being developed by South Swindon Parish Council, and runs for six miles through the parish, starting at Shaftesbury Lake in Park South and finishing at Cambria Bridge Play Area in central Swindon. 

The route will run through Coate Water, along a trail from Broome Manor Lane to Pipers Way, past East Wichel, the Old Town Railway Line and canal. 

As part of this project the parish council will be establishing way-markings, finger posts and information boards highlighting the nature people will be passing through. 

South Swindon Parish Chair Chris Watts, who is also a parish councillor for Park South, where the trail starts, said: “This is a really exciting project by the Parish Council. 

"Walking has become a bit of a national pastime while the lockdown has been in place. And even though the origins of this project came before covid it has been great to deliver it while people are so enthusiastic about walking. 

"The trail will incorporate lots of nature and that is why we have called it the South Swindon Green Corridor. It will include waymarkings and finger posts, and we hope to include an online map so residents will be able to view the trail on their phones. 

"We will also be creating some information boards, too, to help inform people of the nature that is in front of them. 

"At present we are currently undertaking work along the trail that runs from Broome Manor Lane to Pipers Way to make that area more accessible for longer periods of the year. 

"There is still lots more work to do but we are excited about creating Swindon’s newest walking trail.”

The parish council is also currently trying to make the area more accessible for more parts of the year, and is currently completing ground work to address boggy areas through better drainage and stones being rolled along the muddier sections of the trail. 

The focus currently is on the path from Pipers Way to Broome Manor Lane, where council workers are cleaning out the drainage ditches and a culvert. 

A map of the route has yet to be finalised, as a section of the East Wichel route is yet to be finalised while the parish council seeks permission from Taylor Wimpey. 


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