River Ray Parkway Walk Part 1

River Ray Parkway Walk Part 1

The River Ray Parkway is a green walking and cycling route, introduced in 1991 as part of the Great Western Community Forest scheme, it ran for 8 miles from Coate Water to Moulden Hill.

It was expanded from the original effort to create the Swindon Old Town Rail Path, developed with the help of Sustrans, then a small Bristol group formed to create better walking and cycling routes.

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Angel Ridge Play Area

Angel Ridge Play Area

Not having got any small children I’m not au fait with the town’s play parks. However, I have a friend with a small daughter and sometimes visit a play park with them. And a few weeks ago we went to the Angel Ridge play area. It’s taken me weeks to get round to posting on it!

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10 things to celebrate about Swindon

10 things to celebrate about Swindon

Back in 2013, when I conceived this blog, my starting point was 10 things to celebrate about Swindon.

his was a non-definitive list, in no particular order, of things that I felt worth shouting about. The list encompassed parks, public art, artists, museums and even the buses. Though, TBH, I’ve changed my mind about the buses. (2020)

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Queen’s Park in Swindon

Queen’s Park in Swindon

If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.” So said Frances Hodgson Burnett, author of children’s classic, The Secret Garden.

Well, be that as it may we can easily say that the whole of Swindon is a garden. Or a park or green space at any rate – given that here in Swindon we are astonishingly well-blessed with leafy and open spaces. It is quite astonishing when you stop to think about it. You can read about some of them here: https://swindonian.me/category/parks-and-open-spaces/

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Coate Water Miniature Railway Swindon

Coate Water Miniature Railway Swindon

August 2015

Hurrah!! After twenty-two years in Swindon I made it to the miniature railway at Coate Water. It was great. And when the extension is finished and it runs all the way to the Richard Jefferies museum it will be even more wicked! As the nearly-two-year-old I was with said “Choo choo’:

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Lawn Park

Lawn Park

 Lawn Park: one time Goddard family stomping ground 25th November: A small amendment/correction from a regular listener: St Mark's was consecrated in 1845 ( I'm not sure how long that was after services began) so to say that Holy Rood was the only church in Swindon...

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The Western Flyer

The Western Flyer

So what is the Western Flyer then? It’s an upgrade of an existing cycle and pedestrian route that goes from West Swindon to the town centre via Barnfield, Bruce Street Bridges and North Star, bringing you into town across from Holbrook House on Station Rd. It incorporates National Cycle Network Route 45 . The National cycle network is a ‘series of safe, traffic-free lanes and quiet on-road routes that connect to every major city and passes within a mile of 55 per cent of UK homes.  It now stretches 14,500 miles across the length and breadth of the UK. 

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Hagbourne Copse West Swindon

Hagbourne Copse West Swindon

I’m lost for words. Well okay, that’s never going to actually happen but the expression gives an indication of my surprise at finding out about this delight tucked away behind a busy main road, an industrial estate and the Holiday Inn Express. Well, I’ve only lived here the twenty years so how could I possibly be expected to know eh? Even worse, Hagbourne Copse West Swindon is only 15 minutes walk from my home in Grange Park.

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