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Windsor, UK

The Best Places to Run in Windsor. See also our guides to London Central and London Suburbs

Windsor is a town on the Thames River just west of London, home to the 11th-century Windsor Castle and the Tudor-era Eton College. It’s a popular visitor destination and an easy train ride from central London. For a relatively small area, there’s a wonderful variety of scenic running in Windsor, UK.

We’ve developed four separate routes, though they can all be combined in numerous ways. Probably our favorite run in Windsor is Windsor Great Park, which includes the unique, tree-lined Long Walk that extends from just south of Windsor Castle. There are wonderful paths along the Thames and Jubilee rivers, including a loop around Dorney Lake, where the exertions of the Eton rowing crew will spur you to pick up the pace! We’ve also included a tour of Eton Village and Eton College, which includes High St., iconic architecture, parks, meadows, and river paths…all in one 5.5 mile run!

One can drive to Windsor and there are numerous car parks. Trains run hourly from London and take about 45 minutes. All our routes are accessible from the town center.

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Windsor Great Park and Long Walk

Windsor, UK

The 4,800-acre park stretching just south of Windsor Castle is among the most spectacular parks for running in Europe. Explore 1,000 years of history while enjoying the famous 'Long Walk', a lake loop, huge lawns, and forested trails.
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Eton College Tour

Windsor, UK

A scenic tour of Eton and Eton College, featuring lots of variety in a 5.4 mile route: the main commercial street of Eton, spectacular buildings of the Tudor-era boys boarding school, paths along two rivers, a park, and beautiful meadows!
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Jubilee River Path

Windsor, UK

Another lovely riverside run in Windsor. Starting at Eton College, flat gravel paths run along the Jubilee for 5.5 miles west to Taplow Lake. There are water views most of the way. Can easily add with our Thames River and Eton College routes.
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Windsor Great Park and Long Walk

Windsor, UK

The 4,800-acre park stretching just south of Windsor Castle is among the most spectacular parks for running in Europe. Explore 1,000 years of history while enjoying the famous 'Long Walk', a lake loop, huge lawns, and forested trails.
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Windsor weather is similar to that of London and its suburbs. There can be long stretches of damp and overcast. In summer it can be warm, but it is rarely hot. It is humid, however.  Winters are dark and chilly but there’s rarely snow — sort of like Seattle or Vancouver. Note that winter days are short, averaging only 8 daylight hours. Conversely, there are lovely, long summer days when the sun sets past 10pm.

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RUNNING STORES

There are two great running shops right in central Windsor.

Cliff Roe Sports is a tennis and running shop, with a long history.

Cotswold Outdoor Sports. Great outdoor wear store which has partnered with Runners Need and carries their clothing in their store.