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WALK No 142
Co-ordinator: Duggie Fairbairn (020 8979 8305)

Lunch Length
Windsor Great Park, Copper Horse & Royal Lodge
Wednesday 11th February 2004
10.30 at
'The Union Inn',
Crimp Hill,
Old Windsor,

12.30 at 'The Union Inn'

Approx. 4½ miles

'The Union Inn': The Inn is situated on the borders of Berkshire and Surrey, with magnificent views over open countryside. There is a 50 seater restaurant offering the choice of table d'hote or a la carte menus. Or if you prefer, home cooked snacks are available from the bar. There is a choice of real ales.
Directions: Arrive at the Crooked Billet roundabout, on the A30, just north of Staines by any convenient route then either stay on the A308 through the Staines one way system and over the bridge, or take the A30, Staines By-pass. Both routes have their pros & cons. The A308 & A30 rejoin at the Runnymede roundabout just north of Egham. Take the A308, 3rd. exit for either route, towards Old Windsor. At the first mini-roundabout turn left and immediately right into Burfield Road. Continue and turn into Crimp Hill on the left. The Union Inn is then a short distance on your right.

Please note the route and length of this walk have been modified since first published here.
The route may be slightly muddy and slippery in parts, depending on recent weather and amount of horse activity in parts. But nowhere is it under water or impassable.
With 'The Union Inn' on your right continue up Crimp Hill and turn right where Crimp Hill turns sharp left. Enter the Great Park through the Deer Gates. Carry on and pass the Bears Rails Camping Area on your left. Soon looking to your left you should be able to see the spectacular Copper Horse surmounting Snow Hill. Next turn left on a track to join The Long Walk.
The Long Walk, is the famous 2½ mile roadway that leads to the heart of Windsor Castle. On either side of the Long Walk are London Planes and Horse Chestnuts which were planted to replace an avenue of Elm trees which fell victim to Dutch Elm Disease.
Turn left into the Long Walk and climb steadily up to the Copper Horse. The foundation stone was laid in 1829 by George IV. He erected the statue in memory of his father, George III. Follow the road round to the right and pass through the Deer Gates. Follow the road round to the left at a Pedestrian Only sign turn left into a wide grassy path. At the next cross paths turn right and follow the path to the perimeter fence of the Royal Lodge.
The Royal Lodge was once the home of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth while they were still the Duke and Duchess of York and later Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. Now I understand it is being refurbished for Prince Andrew.
Follow the path to a junction of several roads and turn left, continue on to a 'T' junction and turn left and follow the road round to the front of the Royal Lodge gate houses.
Cross the road and pass through Deer Gates to join a bridleway which soon slopes downhill. After some distance cross a bridge over a small stream and continue on to rejoin the track by Bears Rails. Turn right carry on back through the Deer Gates and out to Crimp Hill. Turn left at the 'T' junction with Crimp Hill and thus back to The Union Inn.