Created in 2022 by South Swindon Parish Council for recreation and conservation, the South Swindon Green Trail roughly follows the boundary of the Parish. The approximately 8 mile / 13 km circular Green Trail goes via Shaftesbury Lake, Coate Water, Croft Wood, East Wichel, Rushey Platt, Cambria Bridge, the Town Centre, Fleming Way, Magic Roundabout and Marlowe Avenue. The Green Trail explores historical transport links, local history and the natural world of South Swindon, and has been designed to be enjoyed as a complete circuit, or in sections with alternative routes suggested from each. Information boards are provided at Cambria Bridge Road and Shaftesbury Lake.
You can download and print out a map with abridged notes for each section, or read the full guide to each section by clicking the links above.
There are six sections relating to the development of Swindon: Canal Reservoir, Motorway, Railway, Canal, Magic Roundabout and Post-World War Two.
You can start and finish your walk at any point: this online guide follows the Green Trail clockwise.
The route has been developed and improved for everyone to enjoy, however following wet weather some sections of the Green Trail may be muddy, and therefore less suitable for wheelchairs, pushchairs or bikes – appropriate footwear should be worn. Some sections not suitable for cyclists or horse-riders – please plan your route carefully. The Green Trail is wheelchair accessible apart from the Old Town Railway Track to the concrete road, and some areas of the motorway section of the trail.
When using the Green Trail, please adhere to the following Code:
- Keep to the Green Trail or follow appropriate public rights of way.
- Keep dogs on a lead.
- Clean up after your dog and use the waste bins.
- Take your litter home.
- Guard against all risk of fire.
- Take special care when crossing roads.
- Cyclists and horse-riders please give way to walkers.
- Be aware of your surroundings if you are walking alone on the quieter sections of the Green Trail.