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Walking at Virginia Water Lake

Virginia Water Lake can be found at the Southern edge of Windsor Great Park and is lovely to walk around no matter what time of the year it is.

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Where can you walk?

We love to walk around Virginia Water Lake – it is such a picturesque place and looks different in each season. We tend to park in the main car park – from there you can access the newly refurbished café which serves some lovely food and drink. There are tables inside and outside. From here, if you head left to walk round the lake you can find the Cascades and if you head right you can walk towards the totem pole (which is 100ft tall!) and feed the ducks and swans. If you wanted to walk all the way round the lake it covers a distance of 5.25 miles.

Virginia Water Lake
View of the lake from the café at the main car park

There is a refreshment van just past the 5 arch bridge with picnic tables.

Virginia Water Lake
The Five Arch Bridge

Please note: you cannot cycle round the lake as bikes are not permitted but it is a popular place for dog walkers.

Fun act: The lake has been used for lakeside scenes in some of the Harry Potter films!

Virginia Water Lake
Virginia Water Lake in the Autumn
Virginia Water Lake
Virginia Water Lake in the Autumn
What else is at Virginia Water Lake?

The cascade is not too far from the main car park (turn left to walk round the lake once you’ve passed the café). It is a 9.1m high waterfall and looks very impressive.

Virginia Water Lake
The Cascade

If you continue walking past the cascade you will come to the Ruins. These impressive structures were recovered from the ancient Roman city of Leptis Magna. They were restored in 2009 and are protected by fences.

The Savill Garden is about a 1.5mile walk from the main car park.

Adventure Play can be found within the woodland in The Savill Garden. It’s a large wooden play area of walkways, slides and tree houses. It opens in the Summer of 2023.

Where can you park?

You can access Virginia Water lake via two car parks. There is a large main car park (post code GU25 4QF) and a smaller Virginia Water South Car Park (post code SL5 7SB). Parking charges apply for both.

Where is Virginia Water Lake?

The postcode for Virginia Water is GU25 4QF.

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