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Washpool is a hidden gem situated within Chiseldon but feeling like a remote getaway.

The site hosts 6 sheep, Eric, Ernie, Brock, Brin, Ross and Cromarty who have access to the hillside and The Island all year round.

The site is open to all to enjoy – paddle in the stream, look out for bugs and wildlife or have a picnic.

It is maintained by a group of volunteers and supported by an annual grant from the Parish Council.

The visitors leaflet provides more information.

Walking in Chiseldon Parish

The Parish offers fantastic walking opportunities for all levels of fitness. The North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a peaceful and beautiful landscape comprising chalk streams, mature woods, open downland and gently undulating hills.

Walkers can obtain well-earned refreshments at a number of hotels and pubs in the area, and some excellent accommodation means the Parish can serve as base camp for exploring this tranquil English landscape.

Liddington Castle circular walk

Starting just outside Chiseldon village, this 8.5 mile walk traverses remote and stunning downland, shares a section of the Ridgeway long distance path and visits Liddington Castle – an iron age fort.

View or download a pdf of the walk at national

Chiseldon Timberland trail

For families or those seeking something less demanding than the Liddington Castle walk, the old railway line can be followed from Chiseldon to the beautiful Coate Water Country park near Swindon. Running through field and woodland, this is a great walk for spotting birdlife, wildflowers and deer.

Further details of the walk at

Chiseldon public rights of way map

An up-to-date public right of way map is available on this page.. Please select ‘My Maps’ and then in the map category tab, select ‘Public Rights of Way’. Useful information about Public Rights of Way can be found on Swindon Council’s Public Right of Way page.

Additional walking in Chiseldon & Swindon area

The Swindon Travel Choices website has an excellent selection of walks in the area, including in Chiseldon. See their walking route web page.

Cycling in Chiseldon Parish

The old railway line that once served the area is not only suitable for walkers, but also makes an excellent easy cycling route from the Coates Water Park to Chiselden.

Cyclists can then pick up the route to Marlborough. On the way, it passes through the attractive villages of Ogbourne St Andrew and Ogbourne St George, crosses the river Kennet and heads into the historic town of Marlborough. This is a pleasant 9 mile ride suitable for families.

From Marlborough there are additional Sustrans routes for cyclists wanting to ride further afield.

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Further Information

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