Windsor, UK

Windsor Great Park and Long Walk

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The 4,800-acre Windsor Great 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 a variety of running options, including tree-lined allées, a lake loop, huge lawns, and forested trails. Here are a few particular suggestions for running, which can be combined:

The Long Walk. 8.2 km out and back, 191 foot gain. If you love running on a long, tree-lined allée with views of a castle, this is a must do. The 4.1 km Long Walk is a wide, tree-lined allée through fields and woods, with views of tree canopies, Windsor rooftops, and  Eton College in the distance. Do the 8.4 km out and back or combine with the many more miles of trails to the east or west. It’s a gradual climb from Windsor Castle to the top of Snow Hill. ROUTE MAP

Virginia Water Loop. A 7 km (4.5 mile) lap around the lake on a wide, flat path through mainly wooded terrain with some nice water views. Start at the Pavillion (great for a post-run snack!) and enjoy the sights of the Leptis Magna Ruins and the wild forests and flowerbeds of The Valley Gardens.

Park Perimeter Loop. 21.4 km (13.3 miles), 472 foot gain. A half-marathon length long run, combining the Long Walk with the Royal Landscape, Virginia Water, and the Valley Gardens.

 

 

Essentials
  • Depends on route chosen
  • Park slopes gradually uphill away from Castle
  • The Long Walk starts just south of Windsor Castle