Did you know the Queen’s Walkway in Windsor is a free self-guided walking trail which you can use to discover the town in more detail? The trail is made up of 63 points of interest around Windsor, so you can either make a day of exploring the whole trail and see how much you could complete or just take a section of the trail, which is great as it can be flexible if you are walking with little ones who can’t go as far.
We have enjoyed doing part of The Queen’s Walkway in Windsor and we love looking out for the giant ‘coins’ on the floor and also using the guide of find some interesting facts out about Windsor – a town which is steeped in royalty and history.
The walking route was opened by The Queen herself on her 90th birthday on 21st April 2016. The Queen’s Walkway is 6.373km long for the 63 years, 7 months and 3 days (one more day than Queen Victoria’s reign) and links 63 of Windsor’s attractions, views and features including statues, fountains, buildings and postboxes.
Where can I find the Queen’s Walkway in Windsor trail map?
The Queen’s Walkway brochure can be found here. Or you can pick up a free copy from the Tourist Information Centre in the town centre when open.
What can you see on the walking trail?
As mentioned above there is loads to see and spot on the Queen’s Walkway Trail.
Here are a couple of landmarks and facts that we have discovered whilst doing part of the trail;
Henry VIII Gateway of Windsor Castle: According to the guide; The Gateway is the symbolic link between the town and entrance to Windsor Castle. Historically there was a moat and drawbridge but today there is a large set of oak gates, secured with a heavy bar against the cobblestones when closed. The gateway was built in about 1511 by Henry VIII.
The trail informed us that Windsor Bridge which links Windsor and Eton was once a toll bridge. It meant that a toll had to be paid by vehicles passing over it and also by boats passing under it. These were abolished in 1898.
The Blue Postbox in Windsor which feature on the trail are apparently very rare today. The post box isn’t in use anymore but historically they were used for airmail post being sent to Europe. Blue post boxes were introduced to some British cities between 1930-1938 but only lasted for an 8 year period. This was due to the expansion of air travel and the acceptance that overseas post could be put in red post boxes. This blue post box is located where the High Street joins St Alban’s Street just down the road from Windsor Castle.
The Crooked House and Queen Charlotte Street: During the trail you will discover Queen Charlotte Street next to ‘The Crooked House’, on this street is a blue plaque explaining that this road is recorded as the shortest street in Britain. Queen Charlotte Street is just fifty one feet ten inches in length. If you look along the wall of ‘The Crooked House’ also known as Market Cross House you will see a little painting of a dog with a crown on his name tag.
The Queen’s Walkway is a great way of exploring Windsor. It opens up your eyes to some key artefacts you may otherwise just walk past whilst in the town. There are is lots of history to uncover and fun facts to discover.
Is the trail buggy and dog friendly?
The trail is buggy friendly as it’s prominently on pavements and paths around Windsor. The walk is also dog friendly if your dog is happy to be in a town and on the lead.
What facilities are on the walk?
You can get refreshments from cafes and kiosks throughout Windsor. There are public toilets near Alexandra Gardens.
Where can I park?
There are several car parking options, including:
Alexandra Gardens Car Park, Windsor SL4 3HY
Alma Road Car Park, Alma Rd, Windsor SL4 3HY
Home Park Car Park, Romney Lock Rd, Windsor SL4 6HX
From the car parks you can navigate to the nearest point on the trail.
Where else can I walk in Windsor?
There is also the Eton Walkway which can be completed, click here for the free trail map. There is also The Eton Treasure Hunt Trail map which costs £9.99. Other walks in Windsor which you might like include; Walking to The Copper Horse in Windsor Great Park and Bath Island to Windsor Bridge. There are also a number of Walking Trails in Berkshire you can explore. Click here to discover these trails.
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