Marlborough to Coate Water Country Park Swindon

Marlborough to Coates Water Park, Swindon

A 10 mile cycle route

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which takes you from historic Marlborough which is reputed to have the second widest High Street in England (not a lot of people know that !) along a traffic free cycle trail which was once part of the Swindon to Marlborough Line to Coate Water Country Park at Swindon. Should you wish to hire a cycle, cycle hire is available from Ridgeway Cycle Hire, Hilliers Yard, Marlborough. Right by the start of the cycle ride. Some rolling hills along the route.

Starting from the supermarket car park in Hilliers Yard (just off High St) in the centre of Marlborough. TURN LEFT out of the car park and cycle down Hilliers Yard over the bridge and along to the end of Figgins Lane.

At the end of Figgins Lane TURN LEFT on to George lane and cycle along George Lane for
250 yards where you come to a cross road junction. At the junction GO STRAIGHT ACROSS THE JUNCTION on to London Road. Continue along London Road for 250 yards and then TURN LEFT down Elcot Lane, just by The Roebuck Inn.

Cycle along Elcot Lane for about 500 yards and then as you reach Scorpion Engineering Ltd on your right hand side you leave Elcot Lane by the path on your left which takes you down to the cycle path which is an old disused railway line. At the cycle path TURN LEFT up the cycle path and cycle along the tree lined trail which takes you out of Marlborough and past the small village of Mildenhall.
Continue along the trail in the direction of Chiseldon and after about 1 mile the trail takes you past the village of Ogbourne Maizey. Continue along the trail through the lovely open Wiltshire countryside and after about a further three quarters of a mile you reach the village of Ogbourne St George.

When you reach Ogbourne St George you briefly leave the trail as it brings you to Bytham
Road. At Bytham Road BEAR LEFT along Bytham Road and the LEFT on to Copse Drive and after a few yards you cycle under the A346 and then TURN RIGHT back on to the cycle path.

Continue to cycle along the cycle trail and after about one and three quarters of a mile you
come to Chisledon. As you approach Chisledon the trail meets with a small road called The Ridgeway. CONTINUE STRAIGHT ACROSS THE RIDGEWAY along the trail and after 250 yards the trail ends at the junction with New Road just as you enter Chiseldon. As you cycle from Chisledon you follow the signs for National Cycle Route No 45 which takes you the rest of the way to Coate Park.

At the junction GO STRAIGHT AHEAD along Station Road and follow the road for 300
yards. After 300 yards at the bend in the road BEAR RIGHT up Stroud’s Hill. Cycle for about 100 yards to the end of Stroud’s Hill where the road brings you back on to a cycle trail.
Chiseldon was originally a Saxon village and was mentioned in The Domesday Book.

Cycle up along the tree lined trail and after about half a mile the trail takes you across the M4 and on the other side of the motorway you enter Coates Water Park. As you enter the water park you will see the lake about 200 yards in front of you.
Coate Water Park is situated on the outskirts of Swindon. It takes its name from the main feature, a reservoir originally built to provide water for the Wilts and Berks Canal. The lake covers approx. 70 acres built in 1822 and formed by diverting the River Cole. Its primary purpose was to provide water for the Canals. In 1914, with the canal abandoned, Coate became a Pleasure Park. Changing rooms and a wooden diving board were added, the board since replaced with today’s 33 ft concrete one in 1935. Now named officially named Coate Water Country Park, it is both a leisure facility and a nature reserve. Coate Farm, with the Richard Jefferies museum, is contained within its environs.

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