12th April 2022

South Swindon Green Trail
So a few days ago the super-duper South Swindon launched a new green trail. Recovering from a Covid-induced chest infection I decided not to go to the launch event at Shaftesbury Lake. Thus this post is comprised of some photos from Royston Cartwright and words from other sources.

South Swindon Green Corridor Trail
South Swindon Green Trail map at Shaftesbury Lake

Explore the website

On the SSPC website – see link above – you’ll find this map and clickable buttons:

South Swindon Green Corridor Trail map from SSPC website
Map on SSPC website

So for instance, should you click on the Post World War Two button you’ll find this:

POST WAR EXPANSION

‘Swindon’s history has been one of growth and expansion, even the historic Railway Village was once built on green fields to house the workforce for Brunel’s railway works. In 1952, Swindon became designated as a London overspill town, and this triggered a massive expansion of new housing developments to the east of the town.

Over 1,000 acres were acquired for housing development, almost entirely made up of the farmlands of the Goddard Estate. They were:

  • Upper and Lower Walcot farms then the farms of
  • … Park
  • Church
  • Manor
  • Coate and
  • Prince’s

First came the estates of Walcot East and Walcot West separated by Queen’s Drive, a new dual carriageway built in 1953, followed by Park North and Park South … ‘

About the trail

Via Swindon Link magazine:

‘Winding its way through some of the most beautiful and historic scenery Swindon has to offer, the loop takes users on a route of about eight miles or 14km.

Parish council chair Cllr Chris Watts said: “The Parish council is delighted to open this fantastic new walking trail for Swindon.

“This trail will show people what is green and on our doorstep. We’ve put together a webpage that details all the wildlife and history walkers can see on the route.

Over the last year the parish has invested heavily to make this route as accessible as possible for all year round rather than just the dry months. We hope residents enjoy it.’

The design of the trail roughly follows the parish boundary. It’s suitable for anyone and you can walk it in one big session or in smaller chunks.

See also this blog from Linda Kasmaty about the green trail.

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