Group of people in a church yard. Patients enjoying the trail and learning about St Mark’s Church, designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott (architect of St Pancras Station)

Swindon patients trial new railway trail

Patients from three Swindon GP practices have tested out a short walking trail to encourage more exercise through walking and to enjoy the health benefits it brings. The guided walk allowed selected people to undertake an easy-to-use, accessible walk taking in Swindon’s railway heritage, while the map is also available for anyone to use.

The map and guide shows a mile-long trail that takes in some of the interesting heritage sights and history of the area between Swindon’s railway station and GWR Park. It has been compiled by Wiltshire and Swindon Sport and Swindon Borough Council, using funding from the GWR Customer and Community Improvement Fund.

The printed map is available to pick up from Swindon’s libraries and selected GP practices, as well as being available as a PDF to download from the Swindon Travel Choices website.

Dominique Oughton, from Wiltshire and Swindon Sport, said: ‘This has been an exciting and new innovative project working with GWR and Swindon Borough Council. We really hope that Swindon residents can enjoy and learn about the heritage trail whilst walking outdoors, helping to maintain a healthy lifestyle.’

GWR Community Manager Emma Morris said: ‘The Customer and Community Improvement Fund is a fantastic opportunity for us to invest in projects that really make a difference to our customers and communities at a local level.

We’re delighted to support this initiative, which will enable Wiltshire and Swindon Sport CIC (WASP) to work with its partners, helping to stimulate people into physical activity through the use of a heritage walking trail in Swindon. The guided walk option will also allow people to join others for an easy-to-use, accessible walk taking in Swindon’s railway heritage.’


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