GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Wilts and Berks Canal

2 miles (3 km)

Enjoy a stroll along this pleasant section of the Wilts and Berks Canal in Swindon. The walk starts in the town centre and follows the canal towpath to West Leaze Farm. On the way you'll pass the River Ray and the Rushey Platt Nature Reserve where you can look out for the water-vole. The canal runs on to Melksham via Wootton Bassett and Chippenham. Near Chippenham there is a section of the National Cycle Network running from Pewsham to Lacock Abbey. You can see this on the video below.
To extend your walk you could try our Swindon Canal Circular Walk and visit the nearby Lawns Park and Queen's Park.

Wilts and Berks Canal OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Wilts and Berks Canal Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

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Photos

Wilts and Berks canal, south of Swindon - geograph.org.uk - 1716234

Wilts and Berks canal, south of Swindon

Route of Wilts and Berks canal, Swindon - geograph.org.uk - 895660

Route of Wilts and Berks canal, Swindon. The canal fell into disuse about 100 years ago. This view is along the line of the route facing north-east. Ahead is Milton Road bridge hidden by the tree. The silver building is the David Murray John tower. The car at the right is in the back yard of a house in Curtis Street.

Swindon, Former Wilts and Berks Canal - geograph.org.uk - 596886

Viewed from the top of the old railway bridge, the surface of the canal is entirely covered in an undisturbed fine weed. This reach of the canal was restored in the late 1990s having been abandoned in 1914.

Swindon, Disused canal and dismantled railway - geograph.org.uk - 596880

Disused canal and dismantled railway. The bridge was built about 1880 for the Midland and South Western Junction Railway. The railway is now closed and the bridge carries a cycle route.

Wilts and Berks canal near St Helen's View, Swindon - geograph.org.uk - 1716575

Near St Helen's View, Swindon The canal runs past an attractive residential area on the western edge of Old Town. Some of the highly priced properties there enjoy good views from their elevated position above the canal.

Wilts and Berks canal and St Helen's View, Mill Lane, Swindon - geograph.org.uk - 1362022

St Helen's View, Mill Lane, Swindon. The disused canal is under restoration but isn't navigable, at least this far along it. The bridge in the distance has been restored and carries a bridleway over the canal.

The River Ray near the Wilts and Berks canal, Swindon - geograph.org.uk - 1716147

The River Ray near the Wilts and Berks canal, Swindon. The River Ray is one of two small rivers that drain into the Thames in the Cricklade area. The housing area to the left is fairly recent.

Wilts and Berks canal, near Wroughton, Swindon - geograph.org.uk - 1716243

Near Wroughton. The canal carries on from here towards Wootton Bassett where the section with water in it ends.

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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