Parking: 51.544715, -1.744509
TOAL: 51.542906, -1.744086
From the A419, turn off at the Great Western Hospital exit, and travel a mile towards Swindon. Just before the first roundabout, there's The Sun Inn on your left. It has a huge car park, beer garden, does great food and a decent pint. I parked in there (and had a refreshment).
There are many reasons why Coate Water remains one of Swindon’s most popular sites of interest, particularly for local residents. It is a serene place, perfect for walking the dogs or introducing the children to the geese. A 56 acre reservoir, originally built in the 1822 as a waterhead tank for the Wiltshire and West Berkshire canal, takes centre stage, ringed by a charming woodland walk lying adjacent to protected meadows of grasses and wildflowers. It’s a fine day out, a peaceful refuge for visitors and locals alike.
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Co-ordinates: 51.54111, -1.745503 • what3words: ///monks.fails.dust