Friends of the Railway Path

In 2010, when we last did a full survey of the footpaths and bridleways in the parish, the job was made easier because we have a copy of the Definitive Paths, supplied by Wiltshire Council. It came as a surprise to learn that the Old Railway Path is not one of the Definitive Paths. Instead, it is land that is “owned” by Wiltshire Council (since responsibility was transferred from what was British Rail when the line closed) and leased/managed by Sustrans as Route 482.

It’s no secret that Sustrans is feeling the pinch as its share of funding from central & local government, and government agencies, is being reduced.

In response, The Friends of the Railway Path group has been formed. Currently there is a small membership of local volunteers and they are looking to recruit more people. They are developing an action plan with Systrans. The sort of activities they will be doing include:-

- Involve a wider range of users, walkers and horse-riders, in supporting the path.
- Attract members and signatures to show local support for funding bids.
- Organise workdays to help improve the path, particularly the surface, and its ecology.
- With the help of North Wessex Downs AONB, produce a leaflet and map to publicise the path.
- Organise events such as walks and rides to promote the path.
- Submit some small funding bids to help support their work.
- Work with other groups such as Action for the River Kennet and Wiltshire Wildlife Trust on joint projects.

The group will be officially launched in October (the 60th anniversary of the last passenger train), and would be delighted if residents of Ogbourne St George and the Parish Council could get involved. Alistair Millington (of SusTrans) and Dick Millard (chair of the group) hope to come and speak to the Parish Council in the near future (date to arranged)

Please add your comments to this page if you have any suggestions and/or would like to help in any way.

Alistair Millington can be contacted directly: alistair.millington at

Sunday 14th Oct 2012


  • Comment Author KeithM
    Post Time Jul 8, 2011 at 10:31 pm
  • On Friday 9th September, at 7.30pm, there will be an illustrated talk on “Swindon’s Other Railway” by the author Mike Barnsley and Neil Lover, creator of the website.

    It’s at the Ellendune Community Centre, Barrett Way, Wroughton.
    All welcome, £2.50, all proceeds to charity.

  • Comment Author Keith Macdonald
    Post Time Sep 13, 2011 at 9:38 pm
  • Dick Millard (Chair, Friends of the Railway Path) says:

    Three events will mark the launch. Please come along and enjoy them:

    1) On Saturday 10 th September, we will cycle along the path from Coate to Marlborough and back – a distance of about 22 miles. This is the 50 th anniversary of the last passenger train to use the railway line. We will meet at 10.00 a.m. in the car park at Coate Water, and expect to be back by 4 pm.

    2) On Saturday 17 th September, we are holding a workday to cut back ivy and small trees and tidy the path. Meet at the Barnfield Lane access to the path in Marlborough (grid reference SU 202 691) at 10.30 a.m.

    3) On Saturday 22 nd October, we will hold an exhibition celebrating the history of the path and looking forward to its future, in Marlborough Town Hall from 9.30 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.

    Contact Dick by email:

  • Comment Author KeithM
    Post Time Jul 18, 2012 at 12:15 am
  • FOTP has a website!

    See here:

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