Windsor is one of the most popular destinations in England, and it is clear to see why. Home to The Queen, Windsor sits within the Royal County of Berkshire and offers many delights for visitors and locals. Over the past year, many of us have been spending our time exploring the great outdoors and heading out for lovely countryside walks. As restrictions ease and the UK comes out of its 3rd Lockdown, this habit of exploring our beautiful surroundings is definitely one to keep up. Whether you live near the historic town of Windsor, or are planning a weekend in Windsor this Summer, make sure you check out these top 5 walking routes.
1. The Long Walk
Windsor Castle stands tall in the centre of Royal Windsor, and is one of the most iconic spots in England. The Long Walk is a two and a half mile stretch from Windsor Castle to the famous King George III memorial statue. Lined either side with chestnut and plane trees, The Long Walk is a beautiful and historic place to stretch your legs in the centre of Windsor. At the top of the stretch is the King George III memorial, which is a statue of the Copper Horse. From here you can enjoy spectacular views back down The Long Walk to Windsor Castle and beyond.
2. Savill Garden
Windsor Great Park covers a whopping 5,000 acres of countryside in Royal Windsor. There are many walking routes around the park, but one of our favourites is Savill Garden to Virginia Water. The 8 mile route will take you past a cascading waterfall, two stunning lakes and even a totem pole. Savill Garden itself is a mix of landscaped gardens and wild woodland. Start here and head through the royal hunting grounds, then head south to reach the Cumberland Obelisk. Follow on to Rhododendron Ride and Obelisk Pond, eventually reaching the Royal Landscape. From here there is a tarmac road straight to Virginia Water.
3. Dorney Lake
The famous Eton College has a rowing facility in Dorney, which is an eight lane rowing lake spanning 2,200 metres. It was used as the rowing venue during the London 2021 Olympics, and today is free for the public to visit when there are no events. Set within 450 acres of parkland, it is the perfect spot for a walk near Windsor. Set off from Sir Christopher Wren Hotel & Spa on the river, and cross over the bridge to Eton. From here you can follow the Thames Path all the way to Dorney Lake.
4. National Trust Cliveden
The Cliveden National Trust estate is made up of beautiful woodland and gardens, nearby to Maidenhead. You can explore the formal gardens including the unique water garden. There are woods which line along the steep of cliffs and are ideal for countryside walks near Windsor. As a National Trust location, Cliveden is open to the public but prebooking is advised.
Nearby Datchet is a great spot for a walk near Royal Windsor. You can head past Windsor Castle and the park and stroll on the 2.5 miles to Datchet. When you arrive you can either walk back or catch the train to Windsor & Eton Riverside Station. This route is easy and flat ground the entire way, making it perfect for all abilities.
If you are heading out for a walk in Windsor and exploring everything the beautiful area has to offer, then be sure to pop in to Sir Christopher Wren Hotel & Spa. Our riverside terrace is reopening on 12th April, serving delicious meals, drinks and our famous Afternoon Tea for groups of up to 6. Be sure to book your table to avoid disappointment.
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