Did you know that you can go walking on The Heath at Ascot Racecourse during non-race days (click here for race day information). The Heath is a 1.7 mile circular walk which is flat and also home to Royal Ascot Cricket Club. Walking at The Heath is impressive as you can see the Ascot Racecourse grandstand throughout and also walk alongside the race track. There is also the added bonus of a play area in the middle of The Heath and the walk is perfect if you have little ones learning to ride a bike or on scooters.
Where do you walk?
We park on the slope (see parking details below) and enter via the Holloway Underpass, you can also enter via the tunnel from Ascot High Street or gate at Kennel Lane. Once we have walked through Holloway Underpass we then head up the steps on our left and reach the ‘top’ of the racecourse. We then walk the loop around the course. You don’t need to do the full loop as there are paths leading off the main circuit which allow you to cut across The Heath, thus creating a shorter walk.
During the walk why not spot the helipad, the movable part of the race track, the birds on the reservoir lakes (which are fenced off), finishing post or The Royal Box at the Grandstand?
The walk is a fab flat circular walk and is brilliant for children, in terms that is a flat walk with lots to talk about and spot. It’s also brilliant if you are getting to grips with bike riding and scootering!
Is the walk buggy and dog friendly?
The walk is fantastic for buggies as there is a flat circular walk to push the buggy on during the whole walk.
The walk is popular with dog walkers.
What else is at the Racecourse?
In the centre of The Heath you will find a children’s play area – so keep a look out for it, it’s not a huge park but it’s a lovely place to play with a fantastic view of the grandstand. The play area is also fenced off.
In terms of refreshments you can get drinks, paninis, burgers, cakes and ice creams from two horse boxes situated on The Heath. There are also picnic benches to sit on. The drinks horse box is open daily currently (8am weekdays, 9am weekends until approx 4pm – dependent on the weather), I didn’t managed to get times for the burger horse box. (This information was correct as of 15.05.2021).
If you are walking from Ascot High Street, you could also grab a coffee on the High Street.
Where can I park and how can I access The Heath?
There are three access points into the The Heath at Ascot Racecourse.
There is a pedestrian tunnel which can be accessed off Ascot High Street. It’s almost directly opposite Car Park 3 and just down the road from the Ascot library. Alternatively you can access the course via the Holloway Underpass, here you can park you car on the curb side on the slope leading to the tunnel and then walk through the tunnel to access to racecourse. Click here to view the What3Word location for where to park on the map or the nearest postcode SL5 7LJ. There is also an access point via a gate opposite Kennel Lane, there is no parking but you can access if on foot.
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