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“Nice once you get there but very difficult to find”

Drews Pond Nature Reserve
Ranked #7 of 26 things to do in Devizes
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Reviewed 10 August 2014

This place is fiendishly tricky to actually get to. The website doesn't explain just who maze-like the nearby housing estates are and we wasted a lot of time trying to navigate the cul-de-sacs, dead ends and private roads to the north of this reserve. There is no signing on the way to it and the only confirmation that you are in the right place is an ancient "information" since at the entrance.

Once you are in the reserve, it is a bit random but pleasant for a wander around. I am not sure why they don't have clear access and some parking.

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Reviewed 3 May 2014

Just back from a wonderful walk around this lovely, compact reserve. Excellent, dry paths and an enormous variety of little woodland worlds, so close to the centre of Devizes. We were on a Dawn Chorus walk and the birds put on a very loud and beautiful display with no background traffic noise ! The woods are very open and light and not all claustrophobic. The reserve is well suited to short family walks of about an hour or so.

Thank SteepleAshton
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Reviewed 24 January 2014

We go to this lovely reserve often. The woods are very well managed and the paths very well maintained. Lovely, lovely place. You MUST visit if you are in the Devizes area

Thank Mohawk1946
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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.

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