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WALK No 230
Co-ordinator: Duggie Fairbairn (020 8979 8305)

Walk
Date
RVP
Lunch
Length
Organiser(s)
Runnymede: ‘The Memorials Walk’
Thursday 30 June 2011

The Barley Mow pub (as RVP)

About 3½ miles
Alan & Eileen Cross

Finding the RVP:

From the Staines direction on the A30, near the M25 flyover take the A308 towards Windsor. After driving through Runnymede with the River Thames on your right hand side, you will come to Old Windsor. At the first roundabout, take the first exit up Priest Hill towards Englefield Green. Once in Englefield Green, you will see the village green itself on your right. Turn right when you get to the far end of the village green, and the Barley Mow pub is a few yards along on your left.
OR … From the Sunningdale direction, take the A30 as far as the Royal Holloway College, which you will see diagonally across the crossroads at Englefield Green. Turn left at the crossroads and proceed through the village. As you emerge from the village you will see the village green on your left. Turn left immediately before the green (so the green ends up on your right), and the Barley Mow pub is a few yards along on your left.
Park on the road on the edge of the village green, near the pub.

The Walk:

The walk takes us across part of the village green, and eventually into Oak Lane. We walk along Oak Lane and down the gentle wooded hill at the end until we reach the John F Kennedy Memorial. We are now standing within one acre of American soil, given to the United States by the people of Britain. The Memorial stone marks the assassination of Kennedy in 1963 (where were you?). We will pause here for a while.
We then continue downhill, descending 50 shallow stone steps (the ‘Stones of Individuality’, each representing one American state) until we reach the field at the bottom of the hill. Passing through the gate and turning left, after a hundred yards or so we reach the Magna Carta Memorial. This memorial, built by the American Bar Association and dedicated in July 1957, symbolises ‘Freedom under Law’, on which, of course, western democracy is based.
After pausing for a while at the Magna Carta Memorial, we continue along the edge of the field for a few hundred yards, and then turn right into a footpath that will eventually take us to the top of the hill again. The path rises through delightfully wooded area, and is punctuated with short runs of shallow steps and gentle slopes.
At the top, we find the entrance to the Airforces Memorial. This magnificent memorial, overlooking the Thames Valley towards London, is one of many remembering those men and women lost without trace in the Second World War who were serving in the allied air forces – Britain, the Commonwealth and other countries.
After spending some time here, we will walk back towards the Barley Mow for lunch.