Friends of the Railway Path

Promoting and developing the Coate to Marlborough Railway Path


Upcoming Events

This Year's Events

We plan to run volunteer workdays to help with specific improvements. These will include clearing vegetation and leaf fall. Let us know if you would like to help. We also organise other events to introduce people to the Path and demonstrate the different ways on which you might enjoy it.

Events in 2015 will be held as follows, but there may be some changes, so please check back regularly:

Date Event Location Description
23rd May 2015 at 10am Workday - Everyone is welcome. No previous experience is needed.

Please bring clothes suitable for the weather on the day, some drink and lunch. Tools will be available.
We’ll meet at 10.00 by the bridge which takes the path over the lane to Rabley, by the entrance to Poulton Farm. See MAP The worklist includes:
* Dealing with ivy on trees near the site boundary, overhanging adjacent access roads);
* Applying weedkiller to tree stumps on bridge embankment to prevent further damage;
* General tidy, including of rubble under bridge a couple of hundred yards to the NW.
7th June 2015 Castles Bike Ride From the Croft Sports Centre in Swindon, a choice of routes is available partly on the Path. In aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. See CastlesBikeRide Website for more information.
12th July 2015 Butterfly walk Whitefield Farm, Ogbourne St George A look at butterfly species on a patch of high diversity chalk grassland at the side of the Path.
23rd August 2015 Ridgeway Barbury Castle Ride (horses) Barbury Castle Estate Ridegway and Barbury Endurance Ride and associated pleasure rides include the Railway Path. See EnduranceGB Website for more information.
12th September 2015 Ride and Stride: walk and cycle   Ride and Stride: visiting historic churches in Chiseldon, Ogbourne St George and Ogbourne St Andrew. See RideAndStride Website for more information.
13th September 2015 Workday Just south of Cricklade on the railway path Path clearing
20th October 2015 AGM Three Trees Farm Shop Fourth Annual General Meeting
6th December 2015 Workday Coate Water to Chiseldon Details TBA.

The Swindon Shin Splints running club regularly uses the Railway Path on its routes.

Details of the workplan and meeting points for each day will be available shortly beforehand.


If you have ideas about what we should do, what events we should organise, or where we could get help, please let us know.

Past Events

Butterfly Walk on 12th July 2015.

Butterfly walk on the railway path.

Workday 19th July 2014.

Workday at Poulton Bridge - dealing with trees around bridge and a general tidy up.

Friends of the Railway Path A.G.M. 17th July 2014.

AGM at the Three Trees Cafe/Farm Shop on the path at Chiseldon.

Workday 22nd February 2014.

Hedge laying workday - continuation of the laying of the hedge just south of Curly Wurly Bridge. Follow link above for more details.

Workday 23rd February 2013.

Hedge laying workday - just south of Curly Wurly Bridge. Follow link above for more details.

Workday 14th October 2012.

Ogbourne St George workday. Follow link above for more details.

AGM 12th June 2012.

We held our first AGM in the new cafe/farm shop by the start of the railway path in Chiseldon. Follow link above for more details.

Workday 20th May 2012.

We worked around the Barnfield Road access point in Marlborough and around Poulton Down bridge. Follow link above for more details.

Workday 19th February 2012.

We had a good turn out and achieved a huge amount along the 1.7 miles of track between the Ridgeway crossing south of Chiseldon and Gipsy Lane.

Open Meeting, Cally Memorial Hall, Chiseldon. 25th January 2012.

Lots of ideas were shared by the 26 people that came to the meeting including walkers, cyclings and horse riders.

First Work Day. 6th November 2011.

Worked on the Path between Curly Wurly Bridge over the M4 and Chiseldon.

Launch Exhibition. 22nd October 2011.

Over a hundred people came to the launch exhibition at the Marlborough Town Hall. There were many fans of the path and lots of information about history and different ways to enjoy the path.

Fresh Air Miles Ride. 10th September 2011.

31 riders came along to celebrate the launch of the Friends of the Railway Path and commemorate the 50th anniversary of the last passenger train to use the line. Our ages ranged from about 8 to 70, and we came from as far afield as Devizes and Faringdon (from where 8 cyclists made the journey across). The weather was cool (ideal for cycling) and the heavy rain held off until we were inside the pub for lunch.