Walking in Windsor Great Park is always great joy, as there are so many lovely views and vistas. Here we feature a couple of walks which take place from The Savill Garden car park (charges apply). Entry to Windor Great Park is free but you will need to pay to enter The Savill Garden should you wish to do so. Dogs welcome in the park, mostly on leads.
A lakeside walk from The Savill Garden to Virginia Water
Start at the Savill Garden and you will experience the impressive heights of the Cascade to the ancient Leptis Magna ruins, as you walk to and around Virginia Water. You certainly won’t have to walk far before you encounter one of the many points of interest!
An entire circuit of the lake is around 4 ½ miles (7 km) in total. The complete walk from The Savill Garden is 5.1 miles (8.2km) However long you decide to make your walk, the Pavilion will always be ready and waiting to greet you with a welcome coffee and a snack afterwards. Map below.
The Savill Garden
Designed to offer stunning scenery all year round, The Savill Garden is the perfect place to unwind as you take in the sights and scents of the shrubs, plants and trees. A stroll in Spring Wood offers pretty pastel views of its rhododendron during April and May – then in summer you can head to the manicured lawns of the Summer Gardens, stroll along the 100 metre Herbaceous Borders and look out for the colourful displays of over 3,500 roses in the Rose Garden.
Later in the year, wander amongst the glorious displays of maple and cherry trees in Autumn Wood, and don’t miss the fiery cornus stems which cover the banks of the stream in the winter beds.
The Savill Garden to the historic Long Walk and ancient oaks of the Deer Park
Park at The Savill Garden and you can have the perfect walk of just over 3.5 miles return to the top of the historic Long Walk and the Copper Horse. Take in the impressive views of Windsor Castle, the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world, and look out for the rare sight of our deer herds, enjoying the shade of an old oak tree.
As you reach the Copper Horse statue you will be greeted with wonderful views across the tree canopies and Windsor rooftops – with Eton College, Windsor Castle and arch at Wembley stadium all visible. Then if you enjoy the challenges of off-road hillwalking, the ancient forest of the Deer Park offers a route through stunning woodland, filled with some of the park’s oldest oaks.
MAP: OS Explorer 160 (Windsor)
START: The Savill Garden, Wick Lane, Englefield Lane, Egham TW20 OUJ. Charges apply.
Visit www.windsorgreatpark.co.uk for more information and to download maps.