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“Nice walk in the woods”

Drews Pond Nature Reserve
Ranked #7 of 26 things to do in Devizes
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Reviewed 5 January 2014

Had a lovely walk here. Easy to walk around and lots to see. Not a very big wood but you could easily spend an hour or two walking through.

Thank Daltry
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Reviewed 8 October 2013

This is one of our favourite places for a walk, either with or without the dogs. There's limited parking for around 3 or 4 cars although no one seems to mind if you park in the adjacent football club car park. The Reserve's network of pathways twists and turns throughout the trees, along some roughly hewn tracks that are bordered with all types of trees, tall pines, mighty oaks, as well as managed, coppiced woodland and humidity loving ferns, courtesy of the several streams that drain the area.

The walking route takes you past the old cricket green which at one time was the recreational area for what was Green Lane hospital, now converted into homes. There's quite a bit of history to see too; the old graveyard, the old hospital boiler house and along the stretch that was once the drove road from Salisbury Plain into Devizes, the site of an old hostelry where weary shepherds would stop for an ale and some sustinence.

Adjacent to the old pub is Drews Pond house, a private dwelling, with it's lovely pond, usually brimming with ducks and other wildfowl.

There are some steep climbs around the walk, some with wooden hand rails, some without, and none of the tracks or pathways are paved, so this would present an issue for those with reduced mobility. But it's a tranquil enclave just a mile from the town centre that at best, would take 40 minutes or so to walk around. There are additional tracks that lead out away from the Reserve towards the village of Potterne, some affording good views over the surrounding countryside.

One aspect to consider if you are walking a dog is that there are no poop bins provided so do take some dog bags with you. We rarely see a warden down there but they are rightly insistent that any mess is taken away with you, whether that be picnic rubbish or of a canine origin.

A lovely place for a stroll, regardless of the weather.

3  Thank GBfromDevizes
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Reviewed 15 August 2013

Very pretty place although too many people for my liking nowadays. Used to be a verty quiet idealic place but now its too touristy for me! (I'm a real country bumpkin though!)

Thank DoggyDebs
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

There is not much green space accessible to the public in the town and this is a generally peaceful and green area with indiginous trees, openspace and some picnic tables. A wildlife preserve and part of the old asylum grounds including the inmates cemetery and a lake this area is popular with dog walkers and those living in the refurbished asylum buildings and the estates to the south and east of Devizes. Head south past the cemetary and down to the lake and the path climbs and enters open countryside and some nice views.

Thank jobberdave
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