New scheme encourages local people to get walking in Swindon

A parish council in Swindon has launched a new initiative to encourage residents to walk more.

Central Swindon North Council’s Walking For Health Programme is looking to help local people take advantage of the 60 miles of footpaths and bridleways in the area and get out and get fit now that spring is here and the days are starting to get longer.

The council has helped by erecting wooden posts around the local network of footpaths with QR codes that link information and maps about local walking routes.

Routes include areas around Penhill, Moredon, Gorse Hill, Rodbourne and Pinehurst.

Andy Reeves, Clerk at Central Swindon North said:

“Walking is a great way to improve fitness and wellbeing, and an opportunity to socialise. Central Swindon North Parish has mapped five walking routes around the Parish which we hope everyone will enjoy exploring.

“People will be seeing posts popping up across the Parish with QR codes on the top. All you have to do is scan the code and you’ll get a local route. The routes are accessible for everybody. If people don’t have access to a mobile phone, they can download the maps from our website or they can go to the Pinetrees community centre in Pinehurst where the maps are available. “

Residents are also being encouraged to make use of outdoor gym equipment which is available along some of the walking routes.

Steve Maddern, Director of Public Health for Swindon Borough Council said:

“Making small changes to our lives to accommodate exercise is a really positive thing and walking more is good for both our physical and mental health. This new initiative is a fantastic example of how local councils can support residents to make some positive changes in their lives and I’d encourage residents to take advantage of this new scheme and get and get active by walking through our amazing local area.”

To find out more and download the routes visit the Central Swindon North Council website at