GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Stanton Country Park

4 miles (6.5 km)

Explore this 74-hectarecountry park and Local Nature Reserve located near Swindon. Here you will find a lake, woodland, grassland, a ranger centre and an abundance of wildlife. The route takes you around the lake, past Stanton Park Farm and into the surrounding countryside before returning to the start point at Stanton Fitzwarren village.

Postcode

SN6 7SD - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Stanton Country Park OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Stanton Country Park Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Dog Walking

The park is a popular place for dog walkers with the woodland and parkland trails ideal for your pet.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the north you could pick up the Highworth Walk where you can visit the 17th century Hannington Hall and enjoy the Georgian architecture in the pleasant market town of Highworth.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Wiltshire Walks page.

Photos

Footpath to Stanton Fitzwarren, Swindon - geograph.org.uk - 1526485

Footpath to Stanton Fitzwarren, Swindon. The path heads east to the small village of Stanton Fitzwarren. The village achieved a degree of fame in the 1970s when the owner of the estate that included the place handed it over to one of a number of 'bogus and bizarre bodies which purport to be religious cults' to quote Hansard.

Early spring , Stanton Fitzwarren - geograph.org.uk - 357300

Early spring, Stanton Fitzwarren. The bulbs are planted modern hybrid narcissi, not native daffodils.

Path, Stanton Park, Swindon - geograph.org.uk - 1526399

There are tracks and paths throughout the park. If not official footpaths they are permissive ones such as this.

Lake, Stanton Park, Swindon - geograph.org.uk - 1526627

This end of the lake is more akin to a small pond. It has some patches of waterlilies. It may have been more manicured than it is now.

Kitchen Garden, Ranger Centre, Stanton Park, Swindon (2) - geograph.org.uk - 1526320

Kitchen Garden, Ranger Centre. It is quite small but no less charming for that. I think the runner beans are probably over but the plants are left in situ as the roots continue to add nitrogen to the soil. It is to be found to the east of an old farmhouse which has been restored and is now used by the local authority Rangers who look after the park.

Gate remnants, Stanton Park, Swindon - geograph.org.uk - 1526543

Gate remnants. This is another relic of times pastto be found in the woods here. What is left of the gate is fast rotting away leaving the concrete posts as a marker of the railway that used to pass this way.

Trackbed, Swindon and Highworth Light Railway, Stanton Park, Swindon (4) - geograph.org.uk - 1526516

Trackbed, Swindon and Highworth Light Railway on the western side of the park. This is a view to the south along the route of the ill-starred railway which started out as an aspiration of the good burghers of the town of Highworth and ended as an outpost of the Great Western Railway before a wheel had turned in 1883. Subsequently the line became a little-used branch line of the nationalised British Railways. The last time a train passed this way was 1962.

Field near Sheepslaight Plantation, Stanton Fitzwarren, Swindon - geograph.org.uk - 1526512

Field near Sheepslaight Plantation, Stanton Fitzwarren.

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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