OK where would you go with these criteria to satisfy in January?
There are lots of wonderful places to walk around Swindon, but away from traffic and not muddy, harder to find. Then I remembered Cirencester Deer Park, owned by Lord Bathurst, but open to the public, has a tarmac driveway for much of it's first part, along with interesting features like follies and stone gate posts and an ever lengthening horizon beckoning the walked further and further. The path ends at the fabulous Daneway pub at the other end of the canal tunnel to Sapperton, we didn't walk that far this time, just circled round Ivy House beside the oldest polo ground in the country:
More about the wool shop, it's called Three Sheep Wools owned by Deb Richardson, at 5 The Wool Market, Cirencester GL 7 2PR