Windsor Great Park
Tel: 01784 435544
Windsor Great Park covers 4,800 acres, parts of which are open to the public. Its present area was determined in the 1360s and was popular with Saxon kings as a hunting forest. The park is shrouded in mystery and legend and for over 1,000 years the story of Herne the Hunter has been told. His ghost still appears wearing the antlers of a stag, riding a phantom black stallion at the head of a pack of black hounds. He appears to warn of times of trouble and gallops through Windsor Great Park only to disappear into thin air.
The park today is the perfect place for picnics, walking, cycling and horse riding. A footpath map of the park is available from the Royal Windsor Information Centre.
Autumn 2015 comes to Windsor Great Park
On a global scale Autumn is one of ‘nature’s great events’ as deciduous forests of the northern hemisphere lose their leaves and produce spectacular colours.
But there’s no need to travel overseas when hickories, larches, birches and Japanese maples from around the world are right here, close to home.
Expectations for a stunning autumn show are very high. A combination of weather conditions throughout 2015 and the immense diversity of the ornamental plant collections held in The Savill and Valley Gardens, are the perfect ingredients for a memorable season.
The Top Six Ways to enjoy Autumn on your doorstep:
Seek out colour.
Japanese maples are the backbone of the Savill Garden displays and can be found in many different forms. Autumn Wood offers glades of vibrant colour while drifts of coppery coloured Royal Ferns clothe the banks of the ponds. Feathery ornamental grasses sparkle in the autumn sun and masses of golden dogwoods all come to prominence. An added bonus, Sculpture in the Garden sees over 40 pieces inspired by the Natural World installed until 01 November.
Follow a nature trail.
The Windsor Great Park Autumn Trail is a fun way for children to explore nature, collect leaves and look for signs of wildlife around Obelisk Pond. Special trail packs cost £3.50 per child and are available from the Savill Building from 24 October - 01 November, 10am - 4pm. Normal car park charges apply.
Take a refreshing walk.
In the Valley Gardens and discover an ornamental forest alight with russets, purples, reds, oranges and yellows with maples, sweet gums and birches centre-stage against the evergreen background of numerous conifers.
Kick up leaves.
The Beeches area beside Virginia Water drop their colourful leaves on paths leading down to the waterside and a fine vista over the lake.
Explore in style.
Horse-drawn carriage rides around Windsor Great Park evoke a bygone age. Carriages seat six people in comfort and trips cover 30 or 60 minutes duration, operated by Ascot Carriages and Windsor Carriages.
Steer clear of the deer.
Autumn is rutting season, when red deer stags fight for dominance of the herd in the Deer Park. As mighty roars echo across parkland, legend has it they are calling to Herne the Huntsman.
Accessible from Windsor town centre on foot via the Long Walk, or car parks are located along the A332 that goes through the Park. Alternatively you can drive to Virginia Water and park at Virginia Water South or Virginia Water car parks for a walk around the lake, where you will pass a totem pole and miniature waterfall.
Free entry to all areas of Windsor Great Park, except for the Savill Garden. Free car parking areas on the A332. Chargeable parking at gates around the Great Park. Open year round from 7am to dusk.
Visitor enquiries to the Savill Garden address above, admin enquiries to The Crown Estate Office, The Great Park, Windsor, SL4 2HT, tel 01753 860222.
|Open All Year|
|Open (1 Jan 2015 - 1 Dec 2015)|