In line with Government advice, the Great Park continues to remain open for you to visit.
To help keep everybody safe, when in the Park you must follow Government national lockdown rules.
Your safety, the safety of our staff and other Park visitors is our utmost priority. We will not hesitate to impose tighter restrictions if safety is compromised.
Before you leave home
Please note - there may be occasions where our team will ask you to move on if an area is becoming too crowded. Please respect their request.
Well behaved dogs are welcome in the Great Park and Forest. Our lakeside walks, wild forests and open fields offer an unrivalled variety of short and longer walks along good quality trails and tracks.
Dogs must always be under control whether on or off the lead. Please be aware of the affect that your dog may have on other Park visitors. Some people, dogs and horses can feel uncomfortable if even the friendliest pet approaches them.
Dogs can access any area of the Park where public are admitted (with exceptions listed below).
Dogs are not permitted in:
Assistance dogs are permitted in all public areas.
Areas with facilities for dogs and their owners are located at:
(Please walk through the Building to the Garden Terrace)
Dogs must be on leads in the following areas:
We have provided dog bins across the Great Park for your convenience. Please use these bins for your bagged dog waste, and do not leave the bags on the ground or hanging in bushes and trees.
Local authority advice is that bagged dog waste may be disposed of in domestic bins at home, or as a last resort may be disposed of in public litter bins.
The best option is to use the dog waste bins provided - helping us to keep the Great Park both clean and safe for everyone to enjoy.
This area offers vast expanses of green grass for both you and your dog to enjoy. Enter The Great Park through Cambridge Gate by Windsor Castle and enjoy a steady three mile climb towards the Copper Horse at the top of Snow Hill. On reaching the statue, you’ll find stunning views over Windsor Castle, and plenty of hilly ground within the Deer Park to exercise your dog. Dogs must be kept on leads.
With its flowering forest, wild grass meadows and exotic shrubs, The Valley Gardens is alive with the scents of grass, evergreen trees and seasonal blooms - loved by both our human and four-legged friends. Choose from a range of marked routes, each offering its own special view over the lake, and giving you and your dog the freedom to explore your own path. Dogs must be kept on leads.
The woodland path bordering Virginia Water lake offers plenty of interesting things for both you and your dog to discover. From the rushing waters of the Cascade, to the mixed woodland undergrowth, it is no wonder the shores of the lake are favoured by so many dog walkers. A trip around the lake covers a distance of 4 ½ miles (7km), with the Pavilion waiting to greet you both at the end of your trip.
With a fun-filled play area for young children to explore, a resident catering service and views of Cumberland Obelisk and Obelisk Pond, this area is a great space for families to come and relax after a long dog walk. Meet up with family and friends - including the four-legged variety – to enjoy a picnic on the green lawns around the large cedar trees.
Whether you're a keen horticulturist looking for inspiration, a dog owner who wants an unrivalled variety of short and longer walks, or a family looking for a place to enjoy nature and history there is a membership type to suit you.