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Windsor Great Park Circular Walk

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Windsor Great Park

Windsor Great Park Circular Walk is a 5.2 mile loop trail located near Ascot, Berkshire, England that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 5.2 mi Elevation gain 725 ft Route type Loop
Kid friendly Hiking Horseback riding Mountain biking Nature trips Walking River Views No shade
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Getting There

Please note that the Deer Park has been reported closed as of 07/17/2020 due to COVID-19. A 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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Tim J
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wioletta słowik
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Neera Gupta
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Ian Stewart
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Pleasant walk but part of the path is a horse trail which is very sandy underfoot so quite hard going. The car parks for the walk used to be free but there is now a charge of £2.50 per hour on weekdays with a higher charge on weekends.

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Junaid Masood
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Good walk, scenery a little plain Grounds well kept Definately worth it on a summers day

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Elena T
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This is a question of taste really. The park is great, manicured, old. If you like huge open spaces (fields) with minimum of trees, no shade, you will enjoy this walk more than I did. Granted, it was a windy day, but weather still cooperated: not much sun and pleasant 20 degrees. However, there is not much to look at except a couple of statues; the deer are far behind an electric fence. One of the gates in the first part of the walk was locked, and we had to climb over to carry on. Not my favourite trail, sorry.

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Kiara Assaraf
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Ildi Pelikan
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Runnymede and Windsor Great Park

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Richard Emmett
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Lovely gentle walking route around the Great Park -recommended

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Charlie Brown
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Good walk with clear paths and nice picturesque views. Good for a dog, only need them on the leash for a short section through the deer park

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Emma Parker
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Lovely walk, some wooded areas, tarmac paths and grass routes. Grassy areas were a bit muddy and wet, but it is November. Lots to see, very peaceful if you go early

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Emem Ekaette
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Michele Dodd
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Lovely walk through woodland, grassy paths and quiet roads. Lots of points of interest - Windsor castle, statues, ancient woodland and wildlife. Enjoyed seeing the London skyline in the distance. Both car parks just off the A332 - free parking and spaces avail on a Saturday afternoon.

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Anita Leslie
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Lovely walk of the park, very little shade so would avoid in hot sunny weather, if we were to do it again. Great views of the castle and different aspects of the park. Amazing to think you are surrounded by dense populated areas outside the park, but you can be inside with nature and see very few people - amazing. We think the route was a little more than 8k more like 10 according to our recording tech, still fab walk or off road running trail. Would recommend.

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Simon Jensen
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Nice walk, the only thing you need to be mindful of is the car park suggested is closed during the week and only open weekends, there are other car parks available further down, you just need to adjust your walk accordingly.

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m jade
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Great walk with the dog - easy to follow directions and not too strenuous - great views and so much to see. I've worked in the area for several years now and didn't realise how much there is to see in the Great Park and all for free. I agree about trying the walk in reverse so the coffee shop is at the end. Thank you.

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avril Acres
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An excellent walk, very interesting and lots to see

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Liam Meehan
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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.

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Tobias Phillips
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Daniel Noonan
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Jo Hinton
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Malek Zeenni
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Michela Pike
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Laura Davies
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Kristina Vilimaite
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Richard Yule
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Ellie Bolt -Williams
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Doga Ulas
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Adam Birch
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