Wanderlust Travel Magazine (UK) - - Pocket Guides Short Break -

To­day, take time to ex­plore some of the coun­try­side that sur­rounds Wind­sor. There are plenty of pos­si­ble walks but this 15km loop com­bines pretty vil­lages and park­land. Start in Home Park (off Rom­ney Lock Road), which runs along­side the Thames. Part of the Crown Es­tate, the park is Wind­sor’s main sports field.

Walk the perime­ter of the park to en­ter Datchet; in Tu­dor and Stu­art times this vil­lage was home to royal courtiers and rich mer­chants. Fol­low the Thames, which snakes south, cross­ing it at South­lea Road. Con­tinue into Old Wind­sor, the old­est Saxon Town in Berk­shire; this even held the seat of gov­ern­ment un­til Henry I moved in up­river at Win­dor Cas­tle

Bear right af­ter the Toby Carvery and take Crimp Hill up to Bish­ops­gate Road, which leads to the Bish­ops­gate en­trance to Wind­sor Great Park. From here, head west to the Cop­per Horse, a statue of Ge­orge III on horse­back that was com­mis­sioned by his son, Ge­orge IV.

The statue marks the south­ern end of the Long Walk; stroll down this 4.26km av­enue, which un­rolls down­hill like a (thigh-achingly long) red car­pet all the way to the Ge­orge IV en­trance of Wind­sor Cas­tle, pass­ing graz­ing herds of obliv­i­ous deer en route.

Fin­ish by rest­ing your feet at the Two Brew­ers (Park Street; book­ing strongly ad­vis­able if eat­ing; pic­tured), a cosy 17th-cen­tury pub that lies just by the cas­tle gates, and where the Wan­der­lust team are often found. Chil­dren aren’t al­lowed in, but well-be­haved dogs are!

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