We have parked the car along King Street and entered the park via a small gate on the roadside. We shall start the walk proper in front of Windsor Castle.
The path in front of us is called rather obviously the Long Walk. It connects to the gated Deer Walk that leads us straight up the hill to King George III Horse Statue.
This house marks our entrance to the gated Deer Walk. The gate has a written notice that “these gates don’t operate in times of darkness” or something like that- quite a medieval way of putting it but that is really the beauty of that.
From the end of Deer Walk, we can see the outline of Windsor Castle even from a distance.
You know when you enter Old Windsor Town, it says Home to the Old Saxon Kings— you will really feel the vibe of that here.
The Horse Statue of King George III towers majestically over the vast Royal Estate.
From King George III Horse Statue, we walked straight ahead past a gated field which is still part of the Royal Estate.
After maybe 20 minutes of walking, we have reached the shade and we’re greeted by a group of wild ducks happily swimming in the pond.
We sat on the log which was purposefully located beside the pond while recuperating from the heat and at the same time admiring the ducks and enjoying their company. Not sure whether they enjoyed ours though:)
‘THIS GROVE OF OAKS WAS PLANTED ON 19 JUNE 1937 BY BRITISH COMMONWEALTH REPRESENTATIVES IN THE PRESENCE OF KING GEORGE VI AND QUEEN ELIZABETH TO COMMEMORATE THEIR MAJESTIES CORONATION ON 12 MAY 1937’
This ornamental pond is one of the few remaining elements from the large formal early 18th century, landscaping scheme which radiated out from Cumberland Lodge. Drawing its inspiration from the great continental gardens such as Versailles and Het Loo, this landscape included avenues of trees, clipped hedges and fountains. Later developments and the passage of time have obscured the main elements of this scheme. On-going restoration work has returned the pond as close to its original condition as possible including the addition of a Georgian-style bridge and a covered seat based on a design of 1748 by Henry Flitcroft both of which were built from Windsor-grown oak.
WINDSOR GREAT PARK
We hope that you enjoy your visit today
Windsor Great Park offers thousands of acres of parkland, woodland and gardens for you to enjoy and relax in. In order to allow everybody to enjoy their day, please respect the landscape, and other users of it.
THE FISHING TEMPLE
The moated island opposite was the site of The Fishing Temple, one of the most picturesque constructions on Virginia Water, King George IV, a keen fisherman, initiated work in 1825, with the architect Sir Jeffry Wyattville providing an ornate, oriental design later lavishly embellished by the fashionable decorator Frederick Crace. A tented encampment arose in this northern shore to accommodate additional guests. The Temple was a focus for Royal picnic parties until its replacement in 1867 with a Swiss chalet, itself demolished in 1936.