My husband and I had eaten at a cozy country pub that not only served great tasting food, it was super dog friendly. Even better, it was positioned at the Bishopsgate entrance, meaning we were going for a Windsor Great Park dog walk. The walk I’ll guide you on will take about 50 minutes, so you might burn up a few chunky chips.
The Royal Park is huge with a tapestry of differing landscapes. Many are among the best dog walks in the South East of England and although you need to keep the dogs on-lead in some areas many of their paths allow walking dogs off lead. Just be aware that you will get an occasional Royal Landscape employee drive past, but it is easy enough to avoid most of the tracks.
If you decide to skip lunch you can park for free along the road but not in the pub.
Coming out of the pub gates turn left and in a few paces you’ll be at the Windsor Great Park, next to this sign (below). You may see a few horses around as there is a horse path near here (you may even see some horses ‘parked’ outside the pub!).
This particular Windsor Great Park dog walk takes place in the east central side.
We are heading forward initially but soon we’ll be turning left into Chapel Wood, as soon as you see the gravel path.
So, as you get towards the closed gates ahead turn left and you’ll soon spot a path heading in amongst the trees. We felt it was safe enough to take the dogs off the lead at this point as it was set back from the road.
Follow the gravel path around the edge of the wood so you have turned left twice. This will lead you towards this large Lily pond inside the woods. Officially it’s called Cow Pond. I guess this used to be where a local farmer took his cows for a drink…
We decided our hounds are too unpredictable to have them off lead by this water, tho’ it would be fine for any sensible dog to be off lead with a good clear pathway around the whole pond.
The Lily pads were past their best this time of year but are still very pretty. There were various species, which must look fabulous when they’re all out.
We head towards the smart pavilion that sits smartly at one end (there’s a cute arched bridge at the other end). It was opened by the Queen and makes a nice spot to sit and rest, ponder or shelter from the rain a bit.
As you step out of the pavilion there is an ‘exit’ to your right where there is 2 choices of pathway leading to the same spot. We took the first gravel path on the left.
Rhododendron hedges line the entire way, looked over by giant conker trees. We found it to be a very peaceful walk, especially for a Friday afternoon. Other areas of Windsor Great Park, particularly by Virginia Waters and Saville Gardens, would be crowded by now.
But we had space to play with sticks, big and small.
This part of the walk is a little ‘samey’ but you will find the occasional den to explore.
Besides this stretch would look incredible once the Rhododendron flowers are out.
Just before the end of the lane you’ll see an enormous red wood Sequoia!
The wide base is surrounded by it’s long, soft needles.
Great fun to throw high into the air!
A few paces away from this old giant Sequoia you will see a gate. Just head through there and you’ll be back to the sign you saw at the very beginning.
I hope you enjoy this Windsor Great Park dog walk as much as we did.
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Another great walk you may enjoy is one of the biggest parks in London. We took our dogs to see the Hyde Park Sights.
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