It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. We extend our deepest sympathies to Her Majesty The Queen and all members of the Royal Family.
His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh was the Ranger of the Great Park for nearly 70 years and during this time his impact on one of the most recognised landscapes in the world has been immense. He has provided guidance and insight to our team to help them manage the Great Park and the wider estate, from the farms to the wildlife to the ancient woodlands, ensuring it can continue to offer a rich sanctuary for all, for generations to come. We will miss him greatly and there is no doubt that his influence will continue to be seen in our work across the Great Park.
His Royal Highness’s commitment to protecting the Great Park for the long-term can be best summed up in his own words: “The management of land is a very long-term business and the best results can only be achieved if there is confidence and continuity. We are enjoying the gardens and avenues and amenities planted by previous generations and it is because I feel myself to be a temporary custodian that I am planting for future generations.”
A progressive independent commercial business, created by Act of Parliament. Our portfolio includes the whole of Regent Street and much of St James’s in London’s West End, prime regional shopping centres, Windsor Great Park, rural land and coastline, and the UK’s seabed.
Windsor Great Park is on National Cycle Route Network 4.
More information about this Cycle Route can be found on Sustrans.
For a safe and enjoyable visit for everyone, we ask that you follow our cycling guidelines below.
Always cycle slowly, considerately and two metres apart
Only cycle on metalled roads
Cycles and scooters are not permitted in The Deer Park with the exception of pre-school aged children (under 5 years)
Cycles and scooters are also not permitted on The Long Walk, ridden or otherwise
Be aware that, during certain events, parts of the Park can become extremely busy. On major event days, especially those focused on Smith’s Lawn and Guard’s Polo Club, there can be considerable vehicle movements. Roads are also shared with Estate or Park resident vehicles, pedestrians and horse riders. Please take extra care at all times
Temporary closure of the south side of Virginia Water Lake to cyclists
The Great Park has seen a significant increase in the number of visitors over the past year.
Our utmost priority is for the safety of our staff and visitors. We also want to ensure that everyone has an enjoyable visit, and is able to do so, together.
Many of our regular cyclists will already appreciate that the south side of Virginia Water Lake, can become very busy with walkers, runners, dogs on and off leads, all trying to share what is a narrow path around the Lake.
As many visitor destinations will still be closed over the Easter break, we are anticipating a higher than normal volume of visitors.
For the period of 29 March – 19 April 2021 the only cyclists that will be permitted on the south side of Virginia Water Lake will be pre-school aged children (under 5 years).
E-scooters, Hover boards and One-wheels
The Great Park is an operational Estate as well as a place for residents and our staff. Please be aware that authorised vehicles do move within the Park. All other forms of motorised transport are not permitted within the Park. Examples include:
Off-road cycling is not permitted anywhere in the Great Park. For steep gradients, big air jumps and fast-paced trail cycling, head to the lively paths of Swinley Forest. To find out more about this area, which is around 20 minutes by car from the main Park, please visit Swinley Forest and mountain biking.
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