The bus services from Swindon to the surrounding areas are very good, you can go in any direction from the bus station. It can be good though to walk out to a particular destination and get the bus back, and so it proved on Wednesday, a wonderfully sunny day. The goal was to arrive in Brinkworth for 12.30pm; I looked up a walking route by Google maps, they suggested a mainly direct, road route and said it was about 10.5 miles. Using footpaths was maybe a longer route, more like 12 miles and would take about 4 hours allowing for getting lost, so an 8.30am start was a good idea, although it was more like 8.45am after a bit of looking for keys etc.
The first part of the route was along the old railway line, along the path beside the A 3102 to the M4, under the road to Freshbrook, and then taking the road to Hook shown on the map as a suitable road to cycle along. We got lost in Freshbrook, because many of the pedestrian signs are very old and hard to read, and sign post the main shopping centres. Once on the road to Hook, we realised it was very busy and just wide enough for 2 cars.
Never mind, there was a restaurant in Hook which had been a village school which looked lovely, although the bollards are a distraction in the photograph:
Behind the village hall and quickly into small woods where I saw a lovely spindle tree: