Nature Trail

Discover more!

Open to the public from Sunday 19 May.

Situated just off the public footpaths from the Kennet and Avon Canal at nearby Avoncliff or Limpley Stoke, the Dorothy House Interactive Nature Trail in Winsley is a perfect spot to take a pause and learn more about the incredibly bio-diverse species found in the calcareous rich grassland meadow.


A space to find peace, solace and to connect with nature

As a Hospice, our vision is of a society where death is part of life. Through its seasons, nature reminds us of the fragility of life and offers peace and solace from sadness and overwhelm. The Dorothy House Interactive Nature Trail is the next step in our ambition to open up the site to anyone wishing to find a wellbeing space to reflect in nature, or to find serenity in grief.

In nature we see the harmony of life and death, with death supporting life, not diminishing it. We hope that our nature trail provides you with peace and solace; somewhere you can find space to reflect and remember, and connect with nature.

Whether you have a relationship with Dorothy House Hospice Care or not, we are here for our community when you need us most. For end of life care, bereavement support or fun events and challenges, we’re here.

FREE fun for all the family

  • Incredible habitats
  • Interactive app
  • Fascinating facts
  • Collect digital stamps
  • Art installation
  • Nature rubbings
  • Free parking!

When walking the trail, please be mindful that we are a working Hospice with patients, families and staff on site at all times. Please, therefore do not stray from the clearly marked trail.

Toilets are accessible during office hours via main reception at the front of the Hospice. Out of hours, the Seven Stars pub is a short walk away.

A community collaboration

In part to an ongoing partnership with the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, and generous fundraising donations received from The Rotary Club of Chippenham, the trail offers the wider community the opportunity to visit the beautiful grounds at the Inpatient and Day Patient units in Winsley and discover more about the proven benefits of being connected with nature.

Pause and take a moment to appreciate the beautiful view over the valley. Listen to the chirping of the birds in the trees, and the buzzing and humming of insects, taking note of the vibrant but peaceful sounds of nature all around you.

Trail etiquette

  • Our gardens are maintained by volunteers so please take any litter home with you.
  • Bees are working in the meadow. Please be respectful of their environment and do not stray too close to their hives.
  • You are welcome to bring your dogs on the trail, but please keep them on a lead and pick up after them.
  • The paths may become uneven and slippy in wet weather. Please mind your step – we cannot accept responsibility for any injuries that occur whilst participating in the trail.