There’s so much to see around Swindon and, although there’s a lot on the doorstep, you may want to consider alternative ways to travel further afield. This page provides a guide to finding cleaner, healthier ways to get from A to B.
Business: Swindon is home to some big businesses. In the immediate locality, Intel and Nationwide HQ are less than 15 minutes away. But you may also want to consider walking to the town centre down Victorial Hill or Eastcott Road; they both lead to the commercial centre where Zurich, Network Rail and the Council offices are based. They’re all within 10 – 20 minutes’ walk.
Leisure: We’ve mentioned the Town Gardens; however, don’t forget the 50 acre Lawns Park opposite the Co-op (under five minutes away). Part of the old Goddard Family Estate, Lawns Park offers clear views over the town and out toward The Ridgeway which, in itself, is a great place to walk if you want to escape for the day. For a longer walk from the Guest House (one to two hours) you can cross Lawns Park, go over the old Polo Ground, through the arboretum and into Coate Water. Coate offers a fantastic lakeside path with food, drink and toilet facilities en-route. Please ask for more walking options.
Business: Running to work may not be your style, especially after breakfast. But sometimes it’s just the refreshing start you need to the day. If you’re working locally, you’ll easily knock minutes off all the walking times above.
Leisure: For a half hour route at a moderate jogger’s pace, the railway track offers a flat, nearby option. Turn right out of the front door, pass the roundabout and turn right on to Westlecot Road and, just after Groveland’s Avenue on your left, a small path takes you down to the old railway track. It’s perfect for escaping the traffic but it’s not lit at night.
For an hour or more in your trainers, consider a loop through Coate Water. It’s mostly off-road, so be prepared for a bit of mud. Click here for a Map My Run route. (You’ll just need to sign in or up to Map My Run if you don’t already have an account.)
Business: You may hear a bit about bikes during your stay at Bradford Guest House. The family are keen cyclists and love to encourage others to try. If you’re confident on the road, you’ll be able to reach Intel and Nationwide in under five minutes; you could be in your town-centre office in under ten.
If you need to go out toward Windmill Hill in the west or the Hospital in the east, National Cycle Route 45 could be the answer. (Click the link to see the route on a map.) You can access the 45 from the Guest House in under a minute. It will take about 30 minutes to get to the Windmill Hill business park or the Hospital.
Leisure: The options are endless here. Route 45 is great for riders of all abilities. Just turn around and come back when you’re ready. Meanwhile, many town commuters use the recently built Southern and Western Flyers, which could be useful for familiarising yourself with the built-up areas.
Further afield, you can take a mountain bike down onto the purpose-built trail opposite Nationwide (five minutes away) or ride up onto The Ridgeway (over an hour’s ride depending on the route). On a road bike, you can easily avoid traffic by taking rides out via Day House Lane (next to Coate Water) and heading for Shrivenham, Marlborough, Hungerford and beyond. Please ask for more details.
Devizes Road has bus stops for both north and southbound journeys from Old Town; they’re 30 seconds from the breakfast table!
Northbound routes include the numbers 12 (Blunsdon), 15 (Haydon Wick), 22 (Barnfield), 49 (Swindon Bus Station), 70A (Swindon Bus Station), 153 (Oakhurst) and 154 (Ramleaze).
Southbound routes include the numbers 12 (GW Hospital), 15 (Middle Wichel), 22 (Okus), 49 (Devizes, Trowbridge), 70A (Marlborough), 153 (Wroughton) and 154 (Wroughton).
Swindon is home of the STEAM railway museum. Trains were big business here in the industrial era. But nowadays the modest train station in the town centre (just 25 minutes’ walk away) provides a great way to get out and see the countryside, towns and cities.
Swindon’s services are provided by Great Western Railway (GWR). Please check the GWR website for live timings eastbound to Reading and London Paddington; westbound to Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Swansea; northbound to Cheltenham; or southbound to Westbury and Paignton.