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|Lydiard Park Circular|
|Author: Claire, Published: 02 Jan 2015||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 3 mile circular walk around Lydiard Park, near Swindon in Wiltshire. Lydiard Park lies right at the edge of Swindon, providing a delightful peaceful spot to escape the hustle and bustle. Popular with dog walkers and families, the walk takes you on a tour of the grounds taking in the mansion, lakes, gardens and parkland. |
Lydiard Park is open every day (except Christmas Day) from 7.30am until dusk. Entrance to the park is free, but fees apply for parking or if you want to go inside the house and/or walled garden. The walk is almost entirely flat with just a couple of gentle slopes. The route follows surfaced paths the whole way round making it suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs. There are just a few single gates to negotiate, with no steps, stiles or kissing gates on route. There are public toilets and a cafe by the car park at the start of the walk. Approximate time 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Lydiard Park is located just to the west of Swindon in Wiltshire, just north of Junction 16 of the M4. There are brown signs (Lydiard Park) to direct you from the motorway junction. The walk starts and finishes from the pay and display Lydiard Park car park, alongside the cafe, which is accessed from Hook Street. (Note: there is a second car park accessed from Hay Lane, with brown signs for House and Church, so make sure you don’t go to this car park by mistake). The fee for parking is £2 for 2 hours or £4 for more than 2 hours (correct Dec 2016). Approximate post code SN5 3PA.
|Start to Footbridge|
Start point: 51.56 lat, -1.855 long
From the car park, head up the tarmac lane into the park to reach the cafe on the left and a large map/noticeboard on the right. Immediately BEFORE the noticeboard, turn right into the surfaced path with the car park to the right and a brick-lined ditch running to the left. At the first fork (just after a red dog waste bin), take the right-hand branch. Follow this path which swings right then leads you down to a footbridge over a pretty stream.
|Footbridge to Dam Wall|
Start point: 51.5575 lat, -1.8524 long
Cross the footbridge and then continue on the path until you reach a T-junction. Turn left and stay on this main path as it swings left and then right alongside a lake on the left. At the next junction, keep straight ahead along the path with the second, larger lake now visible through the trees on the left.
|Dam Wall to Walled Garden|
Start point: 51.5608 lat, -1.848 long
Follow the path heading towards the mansion and church. As you approach the stone wall in front of the church, the path swings right to reach a staggered crossroads. Turn sharp left here, to join the path which follows the church wall on the right and then passes the side wall of the mansion. Turn right to pass in front of the mansion.
|Walled Garden to Eastern Avenue|
Start point: 51.5621 lat, -1.8525 long
Continue beyond the walled garden to reach a T-junction. Turn left and then, at the first crossroads, turn right. Follow this path through a gate (or open gateway) and then along an avenue of fenced young trees.
|Eastern Avenue to Second Gate|
Start point: 51.5661 lat, -1.8612 long
This long straight path eventually leads you to the next T-junction, at the edge of Park Copse. Turn left, signed again as the West Park Circuit. The path leads you through two gates in quick succession. Immediately after the second gate, turn left onto the avenue heading west, back towards the centre of the park.
|Second Gate to End|
Start point: 51.5626 lat, -1.8689 long
Follow this long straight path. On a clear day you will be able to see the skyline of Swindon very clearly at about 11 o’clock. The path leads you through a gateway and, as you come up the gentle slope, the mansion will come into view again between the trees ahead.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2015 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 02 Jan 2015
This is the church that is situated next to the main house. Taken in December 2014.
|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 02 Jan 2015
Lydiard House - December 2014
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