Clock tower by bridge at Belvedere (now AHMIBAH) Farm by Coworth Park. D.Allen vivitar 5199 5mp

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Canadian Totem Pole Windsor Great Park. D.Allen Vivitar 5199 5mp

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Cow Pond water lilies. D.Allen Vivitar 5199 5mp

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Pretty pinks

Pretty pinks

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Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle

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Bed of pebbles

Bed of pebbles

In the Savill Garden

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Sunningdale to Windsor walk

Virginia Water, Windsor Great Park, the Long Walk, and Windsor Castle


This is a list of previous times this walk has been done by the club (since Jan 2010). For more recent events (since April 2015), full details are shown.

Date # Post
Wed, 27-Jan-16 6

Midweek day walk - Sunningdale to Windsor

Sunningdale to Windsor - a repeated Regal Romp in Royal Landscape

Virginia Water, Windsor Great Park, the Long Walk, and Windsor Castle

Book 1 Walk 18

Length : 16 km or 10 miles

Toughness : 2 out of 10

Getting there : Catch the 10:20 am train from London Waterloo to Sunningdale.
Calling stations:

  • Clapham Junction departs at 10:28
  • Richmond departs at 10:36
  • Twickenham departs 10:40

Meeting point : Sunningdale station at 11:07

Suggested Tickets : Buy a cheap day return to Windsor (all stations) and a single from Staines to Sunningdale

Brief Description

It'll probably be a bit of a squelch round Virginia Water, but there are quite a few firm paths which should make the walk a little easier underfoot.
You may find full details here

Suggested Lunch stops

The Savill Garden Restaurant (cafeteria) t: 01784 485 402

Suggested Tea stops

Cinnamon Café t: 01753 857879 in Windsor and Eaton Central Station. This is a suggestion by the poster. However there are many other delightful eateries in the town centre.


OS Explorer : 160

Return train times

Trains return from Windsor and Eaton Central Station to Paddington ( Change at Slough ) at the following times ... 16:00 | 16:32 | 16:52 | 17:10 | 17:30 and may suit Ealing Broadites and small brown bears.

Trains return from Windsor and Eaton Riverside Station to Waterloo at 23 and 53 minutes past the hour and will suit Clapham Junctioneers
Anyone spot the difference?
I presume 1038 at richmond jfk
As you can see, this walk was also posted on the preceding Sunday.
Unfortunately the poster for the Sunday walk didn't put the title on the Blog header, so Dent missed the clash : (
Anyhow it's a little late to change so I apologise to anyone who was intending to do this walk on Sunday and who was also intending to walk this Wednesday hopefully not too many of you!

forecast horrible for tomorrow so i'm out. too bad. M
6 drizzle and rain all day but never torrential.

Fair weather walkers stayed away, leaving 6 of us to venture forth on a day when the rain was never as heavy as forecasted. Not a good time of year to do this walk it should be done in April and May when the azaleas and rhododendrons are in bloom but that said we made the best of the day and the walk in very nice company and it was not too muddy or wet under foot. Lunch at the Savill Gardens caff was as expected, and 4 of us stopped for tea and cake in Windsor.
An enjoyable day out.

Wonderful day out in light rain.jfk
Sun, 24-Jan-16 2

First Sunday Walk

Book 1 Walk 18 Sunningdale to Windsor
Length: 16km (9.9 miles) Toughness: 2/10

09:39 Reading train from Waterloo (Vauxhall 09:43, Clapham Junction 09:48) arriving at Sunningdale at 10:44. See the link below for ticket options, depending on your preferred return route.

Two options for return trains: a) from Windsor and Eton Central to Paddington, changing at Slough, at xx:02 and xx:22; b) slow stopping service from Windsor and Eton Riverside to Waterloo at 15:01, 16:01, 18:01.

The recommended lunch stop is a cafeteria in Windsor Great Park, the Savill Garden Restaurant.

You will need to take either Book 1 or the online Walk Directions.
Anyone spot the difference?
Is there a difference
2 Sunny. Possibly only two because the same walk to follow mid week. Mostly mud free so a good walk for this time of year. Went a little off piste in the Park but as a result got close to two very impressive stags an saw a group of hinds and young.
Sun, 14-Jun-15 14

Sunday Second Walk - Celebrating Magna Carta

Book 1 Walk 18 variation – Sunningdale to Staines via Runnymede
Length: 17km (10.6 miles) Toughness: 2/10

10.09 Reading train from Waterloo (Vauxhall 10:13, Clapham Junction 10:19) arriving at Sunningdale at 11:00. Buy an off-peak day return to Sunningdale, which is three stops beyond Staines.

There are five return trains an hour from Staines to Waterloo, the fastest being at xx:11 and xx:41.

Some SWC walkers have already visited the splendid Magna Carta exhibition at the British Library, and this walk offers an opportunity to visit the place where the momentous meeting between King John and the barons took place on 15 June 1215. On the 800th anniversary itself a major celebratory event will be held on Runnymede meadows, where King John put his seal to the charter. But the celebrations commence in the days leading up to Monday’s event, and you’ll be able to view the river pageant which arrives at Runnymede on Sunday afternoon.

In the morning the route follows the Book 1 Sunningdale to Windsor walk, but after lunch at the Savill Garden Restaurant it diverts to head directly down to the Thames at Runnymede, before following the Thames Path downstream to Staines. It would also be possible to follow the Thames Path in the opposite direction to reach Windsor, but the station there is on a different line, requiring an extra rail ticket, so it is simpler to head for Staines, which is on the same line as Sunningdale.

As well as the usual lunch stop at the Savill Garden Restaurant, the diverted route passes a nearby pub, The Sun Inn (01784 432515), which could be an option for those who prefer a pub lunch. Please ring the pub when you get off the train to let them know how many walkers to expect. Two recent walkers reported having an unsatisfactory meal there, in terms of both quality and quantity, but the kitchen might have been having an off day, so it would be good to have more reports before dismissing it as an option.

During the weekend a River Relay consisting of about 200 boats will transport a facsimile of Magna Carta down the Thames, with stops en route. The flotilla will be passing Runnymede meadows in the early afternoon of Sunday, with the main flotilla reaching the Runnymede Pleasure Ground at 14:45 and the Queen’s Row Barge ‘Gloriana’ arriving at 15:15. There a re-enactment of the sealing of Magna Carta will take place as part of an all-day Pageant.

The Pageant is a ticketed event which will necessitate the temporary closure of a section of the Thames Path that runs round the edge of the site. At this point the path will be diverted for about 600 metres to go along the A308, where there is no footpath. At the RCDC sign turn left for 150 metres, following a public bridleway sign, to regain the riverside path, where you turn right.

For the morning route you will need to take either Book 1 or the online Walk Directions. The afternoon route can be downloaded here.

Looking forward to doing this. Is there a fee to pay to see the events at Runnymede?
To see the Pageant in Runnymede Pleasure Ground with all its activities, including the re enactment, you'd need a ticket, though this event has long been sold out. But there's no charge to stand on the banks of the Thames at Runnymede to watch the flotilla of boats pass by, and you might get a glimpse of everyone disembarking at the pleasure ground.
We had 14 initially, two late comers joined at lunch time. Morning ramble in various parks were lovely, loads of flowers in full bloom. Lunch at self service restaurant was good, they now have Leith catering on site, not expensive as some suggested. They even served Magna Carta beer. We reached river at Runnymede just before 2:45pm, all found a nice spot to watch the river relay. After visiting the Magna Carta Memorial, we head to the ticketed area (now open to everyone) for 'fun fair'. Several watched locals jousting. Five of us then had tea/drink at Mercure hotel cafe by the river in Stain o Thames. The weather: mostly cloudy with sunny intervals occasionally.
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