I have been meaning to go walking to The Copper Horse at one end of the Long Walk in Windsor Great Park for several years now and just never made it happen. However, I finally did it and will be going back to walk there again very soon.
About the walk
The walk is long and flat, with a buggy in tow and a stop at The Copper Horse to admire the view and for my little one to have a bit of an explore out of the buggy it took us about 2 hours to walk from the car park we parked at (details below) and back.
The views are stunning when you get to the statue and overlook Windsor and Windsor Castle. The Copper Horse is also an impressive statue too – it’s a statue of King George III on a horseback and was commissioned by King George IV in 1821. The Copper Horse is in the deer park and we saw lots of deer on our walk, some stags up by The Copper Horse itself and then also deer on the land around The Long Walk. There was also a tractor working the land and horses out for their exercise.
The walk is flat so it’s great for buggies, although there is a deceptive incline up-to The Copper Horse which stands on Snow Hill but the views are worth it. You can also take dogs but they must be kept on a lead at all times whilst in the deer park, where the statue is and there are lots of signs around to remind you.
If you wanted to extend the walk you could also walk up-to Windsor Castle which is at the opposite end of the Long Walk. We have always split this walk in two and before have walked from the car park (details below) up to the Windsor Castle and on this occasion up to The Copper Horse statue. It is do-able if you are up for walking the whole of the long walk which is 2.65 mile long and back to where you have parked! We find it’s too far to do the whole way and back with children, so splitting the walk into two works well for us.
We park in a car park on the A332 as you drive in to Windsor from the Ascot direction. There are several car parks along this road but we aim to park in the final car park on the left hand side as you drive through The Great Park. To get there you will drive past Ranger’s Gate Car Park on your left, then if you carry on down the road there is The Great Park car park on your right, there is then another small car park on your left and then a final car park a bit further down the road on the left (there is a pink house on the right hand side) and this is the one we park in. We have found the car parks can get busy at weekends and during holidays. Currently the car park we park in is free of charge. Once you have parked, if you cross the road directly opposite the car park (it can be very busy) there is a footpath. If you walk down this footpath, you will get to The Long Walk. If you want to walk to The Copper Horse turn right and go through the Deer Park gates. If you want to walk to Windsor Castle, turn left.
We sometimes also park in Windsor itself and join The Long Walk from there.
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