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Windsor Great Park

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Windsor Great Park
Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 14 Nov 2011 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Windsor Great Park walking guidestar1 Windsor Great Park walking guidestar1 Windsor Great Park walking guidestar1 Windsor Great Park walking guidestar0 Windsor Great Park walking guide
Berkshire, Windsor
Walk Type: Garden or park
Windsor Great Park
Length: 6 miles,  Difficulty: boot Windsor Great Park walking guide boot Windsor Great Park walking guide
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A 5.5 mile loop around Windsor Great Park, once part of the royal hunting ground and now providing miles and miles of peaceful walking in amongst the hustle and bustle of East Berkshire. Windsor Great Park is 5,000 acres in size, dates primarily to the 13th Century and is managed by the Crown Estate. Throughout the walk you’ll have magnificent views of Windsor Castle as well as a chance to see some of the famous statues within the park such as the Copper Horse.

The walk follows a mixture of tarmac paths, grass avenues and sand tracks some of which will be muddy after wet weather. There are several gradual ascents and descents throughout the walk, but these are well worthwhile with the views the hill tops provide. There are no stiles and just a couple of deer gates (tall kissing gates). Dogs are welcome in the Great Park, although they need to be on leads in some areas and under close control at all times. You are likely to share the paths with many cyclists and horse riders and you will also pass through part of the deer park. Approximate time 2.5 hours.

The walk starts from the Cranbourne Gate car park which is accessed from the A332 between Windsor and Ascot. The parking is free, although opening is limited to weekends and bank holidays and spaces are a little limited, so the car park can get full at peak times. In this case you can adjust the walk by starting and finishing at the Ranger’s Gate car park, further along the A332 towards Windsor. (This is where the route crosses the A322 between waypoints 5 and 6). Approximate post code SL4 2HT.

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Walk Sections

Cranbourne Gate to Queen Anne’s Ride
Cranbourne Gate to Queen Anne’s Ride

Start point: 51.446 lat, -0.6379 long
End point: 51.4415 lat, -0.625 long

Leave the car park and cross over the A332 to reach the Cranbourne Gate entrance to Windsor Great Park. Pass through the gate and follow the tarmac drive. Take time to admire the first views of Windsor Castle over to the left.

At the first crossroads turn right, signed to Cumberland Lodge and continue ahead to another junction by ponds. Turn left here and follow the path as it bends to the right and then left past the Post Office and General Store, which has a pretty garden and is a great place to stop for a hot drink and snack.

Continue ahead with the cricket and play grounds on the right until you come to a long grass path off to the right.

Queen Anne’s Ride to Cross Roads
Queen Anne’s Ride to Cross Roads

Start point: 51.4415 lat, -0.625 long
End point: 51.4355 lat, -0.6212 long

Turn right here along the straight grass path known as Queen Anne’s Ride. The ride climbs towards an equestrian statue which was erected for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Immediately before the statue, turn left onto the tarmac drive.

Keep left at the next fork and then you will reach a crossroads after just a few yards.

Cross Roads to the Long Walk
Cross Roads to the Long Walk

Start point: 51.4355 lat, -0.6212 long
End point: 51.4409 lat, -0.6112 long

Turn left at the crossroads, with the large field known as Poets Lawn fenced on the left. At the next junction continue straight ahead along a tarmac path fenced both sides.

After just a few hundred yards, turn right down a hedge-lined grass path heading towards the Royal Lodge. Continue until you reach the next grass path on the left.

Long Walk to Copper Horse
Long Walk to Copper Horse

Start point: 51.4409 lat, -0.6112 long
End point: 51.4451 lat, -0.6093 long

Turn left here and pass through the deer gate. Continue ahead and cross over a sandy bridleway climbing towards the Copper Horse.

This huge statue on Snow Hill was erected in 1829 and depicts King George III on his horse. As you reach the brow of the hill and draw level with the statue you will be rewarded with one of the most famous views in Britain – the view down Long Walk to Windsor Castle.

The Long Walk is a straight tree lined avenue stretching for 2.5 miles from Windsor Castle to the Copper Horse. The avenue is used for royal carriage processions including for the royal journey to Royal Ascot. On clear days you will be able to see for miles across to Heathrow Airport and Southall to the right.

Copper Horse to Russel’s Pond
Copper Horse to Russel’s Pond

Start point: 51.4451 lat, -0.6093 long
End point: 51.4472 lat, -0.6223 long

When you’ve finished admiring the view, retrace your steps back to the sandy bridleway and turn right along it, the direction indicated by George III astride his horse. Follow the sandy bridleway as it winds through the woods and then continues downhill to a tarmac drive and gate.

Pass through the kissing gate and keep right at the fork ahead. Continue straight on until you reach the cross roads with Queen Anne’s Ride, a grass ride running both left and right. To the left you’ll see a millstone which was unveiled to commemorate 1,000 years of the office of the High Sheriff of Windsor Great Park.

Turn right onto Queen Anne’s Ride, towards Windsor Castle, and continue along the wide grass ride until you reach a large pond (Russel’s Pond) and a wooden bench on the left hand side.

Russel’s Pond to Felmish Farm
Russel’s Pond to Felmish Farm

Start point: 51.4472 lat, -0.6223 long
End point: 51.4544 lat, -0.6314 long

Turn left here over the pond and follow the path alongside the fence. Continue straight ahead between fields and climbing up into a belt of trees. Follow the path as it drops down back to the A332 at Rangers Gate.

Cross over the A332 using the pedestrian crossing, then turn right along the road and immediately left down the tarmac access road to the Rangers Gate car park. Follow the tarmac lane ahead until you reach the white gateway for Felmish Farm.

Felmish Farm to Cranbourne Gate
Felmish Farm to Cranbourne Gate

Start point: 51.4544 lat, -0.6314 long
End point: 51.4462 lat, -0.6394 long

Turn left here along the sandy track that runs alongside the field and climbs up into woodland. Follow the sandy track (which can be quite muddy in winter and after wet weather) for almost a mile as it winds through the woodland.

The path eventually emerges through a vehicle barrier onto a tarmac lane. Turn left here and follow the tarmac lane back to the car park.

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6 responses to "Windsor Great Park"

this walk is excellent, lots to see.
The view from the copper horse is fantastic. very polite horse riders. callin at the post office for morning coffee.

By HA01 on 2011-12-04 17:01:12

Amazing walk

By susansh on 2015-05-26 21:34:43

This is a great walk - I did it in under two hours with both my dogs. Very quiet roads, a few lovely areas for some off lead runs, lots of great views, wildlife and statues! Is there a facility on the app to do the walk the other way around?
ADMIN RESPONSE: Glad you enjoyed the walk Justine. You can follow the walk backwards by using the live GPS map to guide you, but there are no written instructions to support this.

By Justine on 2015-09-01 16:25:08

Really enjoyed this walk and so did Daisy the dog. The views from various points on the walk give you a new perspective on the castle and the Copper Horse. If anything I think it would be a better route in reverse. Here's why.
1. The view from the Copper Horse would come earlier in the walk and provide a spur to go on for the less willing.
2. There is more and better parking at the Ranger's Gate than there is at the Cranbourne Gate so I'd suggest that as the start and end point.
3. The Post Office would then come towards the end of the walk and provide a suitable reward for your efforts.

Not a criticism by any measure, just an observation. Great walk for all abilities.

By rippydog on 2016-04-01 15:50:45

Excellent walk with great views - I did it sort of in reverse as suggested car park was closed- I did miss the western bit though.

By PeterR on 2016-10-05 16:05:42

Fiona said on 10 Nov 2016. It worth noting that Cranbourne Gate car park is only open weekends and public holidays. So best to start at Rangers Car Park.

ADMIN RESPONSE: Thank you for letting us know Fiona, we have updated the walking guide so that future walkers have the latest facts.

By ghalustians on 2016-11-10 12:23:32

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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The Copper Horse on Snow Hill, and the view north along The Long Walk towards Windsor Castle and the George IV gateway. This picture was taken in the 1930s and shows the young Horse Chestnut and London Plane trees shortly after the replanting of the Long Walk. The removal of the old trees along the full length of the Long Walk was not completed until 1946.
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The Long Walk in the early 1900s.
Many of the trees by this time were in need of replacement.

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