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Windsor and Eton via the Thames Path

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Windsor and Eton via the Thames Path
Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 30 Sep 2011 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Windsor and Eton via the Thames Path Walking Guidestar1 Windsor and Eton via the Thames Path Walking Guidestar1 Windsor and Eton via the Thames Path Walking Guidestar1 Windsor and Eton via the Thames Path Walking Guidestar0 Windsor and Eton via the Thames Path Walking Guide
Berkshire, Windsor
Walk Type: River or lakeside
Windsor and Eton via the Thames Path
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Windsor and Eton via the Thames Path Walking Guide boot Windsor and Eton via the Thames Path Walking Guide
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A 4 mile circular walk starting in Windsor in Berkshire, following a section of the Thames Path and passing through Eton. This walk has a great mix of scenery, moods and flavours. You may wish to take the opportunity to explore Windsor before you set off, joining the large numbers of international tourists who visit for the royal attraction of Windsor Castle or simply to enjoy some retail therapy in the numerous independent shops and boutiques. Very quickly into the walk you will escape the hustle and bustle of Windsor onto the Thames Path where you will see a slower pace of life with locals and tourists messing around on the river. Finally the walk takes you through the heart of Eton where you will be transported to the elite world of Britain’s most famous public school with the boys wearing the iconic morning coats.

The walk is relatively flat and follows a mixture of pavements, gravel paths through open parks and rough grass fields (which are likely to be muddy after wet weather). There are no stiles, but a number of gates/kissing gates and you will pass through one field which is likely to be holding cattle. Approximate time 2 hours.

The walk starts and finishes on Windsor Bridge (which is closed to traffic), close to the centre of Windsor itself. Parking is available in any of the main town car parks. The nearest car park is the River Street pay and display car park, but this is short stay so if you plan to stay and explore Windsor and/or Eton there are cheaper long stay options. Approximate postcodes SL4 6AA (Bridge start point) and SL4 1QT (River Street Car Park).

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Walk Sections

Windsor Bridge to Chinese Bridge
Windsor Bridge to Chinese Bridge

Start point: 51.4858 lat, -0.6083 long
End point: 51.4902 lat, -0.6247 long

The walk starts on Windsor Bridge, a wide bridge which is now closed to vehicles. Cross over the bridge across the River Thames and heading away from Windsor. Take the first turning on the left (Brocas Street) just before the George Inn. Pass between the Waterman’s Arms on your right and the old Eton College Boat House on your left to reach the large meadow called The Brocas.

Follow the path with the Thames to your left. Continue ahead and then pass under the railway bridge and then over two small footbridges which take you over small stream tributaries to the Thames.

Continue under the Elizabeth II Road Bridge which carries the traffic on the A322 over the Thames. About 50 metres after this point, follow the tarmac path as it bends sharp right across a meadow and away from the Thames. Continue ahead and the Thames will bend back round to run alongside the path again as you reach the Chinese Bridge, a wooden footbridge.

Chinese Bridge to Railway
Chinese Bridge to Railway

Start point: 51.4902 lat, -0.6247 long
End point: 51.4952 lat, -0.6165 long

Cross the Chinese Bridge and continue with the Thames on your left. On the opposite bank you will get fine views of Windsor Racecourse. A little further along you will reach a small concrete footbridge with silver railings – immediately before this turn right up the footpath. Ignore the second bridge on your left, continue straight passing a recreation ground on the left hand side and you will come to a T-junction with a row of houses opposite.

Turn right and follow this path beyond the houses and back out into the open meadow. At the junction in the paths, turn left and follow the path to the road. On your right you will be able to see Windsor Castle in the distance, the largest inhabited castle in Europe.

Cross over the road, turn right and then turn immediately left up the road called The Walk. At the end of the road, turn right and follow the road as it bends to the left with a common on the left. Before the road passes over the ditch, turn right through a kissing gate into a field. Note that this field will probably be holding cattle. Continue the full length of this long narrow field keeping the stream on your left (you will notice our route on the map meanders a little in the field as we were giving the cows enough distance from our dog!). Pass through the metal kissing gate at the far end of the field and go through the underpass under the A322.

Continue along the narrow grass path which may be a little overgrown, and you will come to an arched rail bridge. This impressive one hundred arch brick viaduct was designed by Brunel and carries the branch line of the former Great Western Railway from Slough to Windsor.

Through Eton back to Windsor Bridge
Through Eton back to Windsor Bridge

Start point: 51.4952 lat, -0.6165 long
End point: 51.4884 lat, -0.6091 long

Pass under the rail bridge, cross over the tarmac path and go straight ahead on the narrow grass path through the rough field ahead. Follow the path as it veers to the left and pass through the wooden gate in the far left corner of the field.

Turn right to join the quiet road heading past college buildings into Eton. At the end of the road you will come to Eton library with its distinctive domed roof on the corner. Turn right here to follow Eton High Street.

Eton College, often referred to simply as Eton, is an independent school for boys aged 13 to 18. It was founded in 1440 by King Henry VI and is one of the original nine English public schools. Eton has a long list of distinguished former pupils – David Cameron is the 19th British Prime Minister to have attended and the school also educated Bond author Ian Fleming. The school is known for its traditions and you are likely to see boys in their distinctive tailcoats and pinstriped trousers. Take time to window shop along the High Street with its distinctive well-heeled retailers which include exclusive tailors, cake designers, art dealers and a branch of Coutts private bank.

Continue down the full length of the High Street to reach Windsor Bridge where you started the walk.

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1 responses to "Windsor and Eton via the Thames Path"

This walk started off ok, but towards the end it was terrible walking at the back of houses that had been used as dump sites. the walk back though Eton was nice though.

By katenicholls on 2016-04-17 13:02:08

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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