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The Bailiwick and Windsor Great Park

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The Bailiwick and Windsor Great Park
Author: pubwalker, Published: 15 Aug 2013 Walk rating : Rating:star1 The Bailiwick and Windsor Great Park Pub Walk Guidestar1 The Bailiwick and Windsor Great Park Pub Walk Guidestar1 The Bailiwick and Windsor Great Park Pub Walk Guidestar1 The Bailiwick and Windsor Great Park Pub Walk Guidestar1 The Bailiwick and Windsor Great Park Pub Walk Guide
Surrey, Egham
Walk Type: Garden or park
The Bailiwick and Windsor Great Park
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot The Bailiwick and Windsor Great Park Pub Walk Guide
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A 4.5 mile circular pub walk from the Bailiwick pub in Englefield Green. This lovely pub sits right alongside one of the entrances to Windsor Great Park, and makes an ideal place to get coffee and a danish or a pint and lunch before or after your walk. The walk route follows the wide tarmac rides around the south east corner of Windsor Great Park. You’ll have chance to see the Obelisk Pond, the polo lawns, Virginia Water lake and enjoy the vast expanses of landscaped parkland.

There are just a few gentle inclines, with just one gate and no stiles to negotiate. The paths are all either tarmac or well made stone surfaces, so it would be suitable for pushchairs should you wish. Dogs are welcome in Windsor Great Park but must be kept on the lead for a couple of the sections – see the signs along the way. Allow 2 to 2.5 hours.

Englefield Green can be found just off the A30 between Staines and Sunningdale. The walk starts and finishes from the Bailiwick pub on Wick Road. The pub does NOT have its own car park alongside. There are about 20 free car parking spaces in the long lay-by on Wick Road, but if these are full there is a large pay on entry car park alongside. Approximate post code TW20 0HN.

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Walk Sections

Start to Obelisk Pond
Start to Obelisk Pond

Start point: 51.4197 lat, -0.5882 long
End point: 51.4222 lat, -0.5947 long

With the pub on your right, go ahead through the wooden gate to enter Windsor Great Park. Keep straight ahead on the wide tarmac drive heading downhill. Follow the track as it swings right over a bridge and then stay on the main tarmac lane as it swings left signed to Valley Gardens.

Windsor Great Park covers an area of more than 5,000 acres and straddles the border between Berkshire and Surrey. For many centuries it was the private hunting ground for Windsor Castle, but today it is a used for public recreation and is managed by the Crown Estate.

Continue until you reach a major crossroads marked with a four-way signpost. Turn right here onto the wide tarmac drive signed to the Deer Park and Savill Garden. A little further along you’ll reach the Obelisk Pond on the left.

Obelisk Pond to Cumberland Gate
Obelisk Pond to Cumberland Gate

Start point: 51.4222 lat, -0.5947 long
End point: 51.4308 lat, -0.6043 long

Keep ahead passing the Obelisk Pond on the left and you’ll be able to see the obelisk capped with a copper sun above the trees on the far side. This is a memorial to the Duke of Cumberland, son of King George II. You’ll see a couple of fences set into the far bank of the pond which are used as part of the cross country course for three day eventing.

Follow the main tarmac lane and soon you’ll be passing through large lawns dotted with tall majestic coniferous trees, passing the obelisk across to the left and a small playground to the right. Follow the lane as it swings right, still signed to Savill Garden and the Deer Park. Pass the main entrance to Savill Garden on the left, taking a moment to appreciate the unusual architecture of the visitor centre built in 2006 with a beautiful waved roof.

Further along keep on the main tarmac lane as it swings left (ignoring the smaller rough track ahead), passing Savill Garden Propagation Unit on the left. Eventually you’ll reach a T-junction with Cumberland Gate to the right and Cumberland Lodge, a red brick lodge, ahead.

Cumberland Gate to Virginia Water
Cumberland Gate to Virginia Water

Start point: 51.4308 lat, -0.6043 long
End point: 51.4161 lat, -0.6116 long

Turn left here, down the main tarmac lane passing Smith’s Lawns, a number of polo pitches, to the left. If you’re lucky, you may have chance to watch a polo match in action. The polo season runs from April to September and the president of this club, the most prestigious polo club in the world, is Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Some way down, in the trees to the right look out for a copper statue of a man astride a horse – this depicts Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert Consort. Continue beyond the Guard’s Polo Club and keep straight ahead on the stone surfaced drive heading steadily downhill. Here you’ll be passing between landscaped grounds with elegant tall trees surrounded by herbaceous borders. In the summer months you'll have chance to enjoy displays of electric blue hydrangeas.

At the bottom of the slope you’ll come to a bridge section which carries the road between two sections of Virginia Water lake. Just before you reach the bridge, swing left onto the sand and stone path signed as Lakeside Walk.

Virginia Water to Totem Pole
Virginia Water to Totem Pole

Start point: 51.4161 lat, -0.6116 long
End point: 51.4163 lat, -0.5914 long

Pass the entrance to the Valley Gardens across to the left and on the right you’ll see the main expanse of Virginia Water lake.

This body of water was once a simple stream and was named after Queen Elizabeth I, the Virgin Queen. The first lake was created in 1746 by the Duke of Cumberland who was then Ranger of the Park. In 1780 the lake was expanded and extra features were added including an artificial waterfall. During the Second World War the lake was drained to prevent enemy aircraft using it as a landmark from which to locate Windsor Castle. The lake has been used to film scenes within the Harry Potter films.

Simply stay on the main lakeside path for some distance, ignoring any smaller paths off to the left. Take time to enjoy the views across the lake to the right and across the landscaped Valley Gardens to the left. Continue all the way to the end where you’ll meet a T-junction with more water ahead and the Totem Pole across to your left.

Totem Pole to End
Totem Pole to End

Start point: 51.4163 lat, -0.5914 long
End point: 51.4198 lat, -0.5882 long

Turn left and follow the tarmac track passing the Totem Pole across to the left. This Canadian Totem Pole is 30 metres high and was installed to mark the centenary of British Columbia.

Follow this tarmac lane over a small stream and continue as it meanders steadily uphill. You’ll emerge to the crossroads of paths that you passed on your outward leg. Turn sharp right here signed to Wick Road.

From this point you will be retracing your steps back to the start. Towards the bottom of the slope swing right (signed Vehicle Exit) over a bridge and then swing left to follow the lane climbing once again. After just a few hundred yards fork left through the wooden gate to reach the Bailiwick for some well deserved hospitality.

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3 responses to "The Bailiwick and Windsor Great Park"

Love watching the polo matches here in the summer.

By clairesharpu on 2014-05-27 15:10:13

Wonderful place for a gentle walk. Pretty busy with the sun shining but plenty of space to enjoy.

By JanineH on 2016-08-16 18:24:24

The Landlord of the Bailiwick pub was absolutely charming. The walk was gentle and very good for anyone who may want to stay on a good path. Something new to see around every corner.

By helenclutton on 2016-09-03 15:02:43

The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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These flowers were so blue it was hard to think that they were real. We walked the route in August and the flowers were just after the polo lawns
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It was a great site and everyone looked like they were having great fun. You have to stay well back from the action...
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