In line with Government advice, the Great Park currently remains open for you to take essential exercise, if you live locally. (You shouldn’t travel outside of your village, town or area of the city you live in).
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.
Tuesday 02 March. Canadian Avenue from the Totem Pole to The Valley Gardens coffee unit will be closed. Please follow the diversions.
Please can horse riders use the road from Timber Lodge crossroads to the cross-over point to the horse track leading to Ox Pond. This is due to the ground conditions of the adjacent horse track..
Timber harvesting in Swinley Forest
Planning a visit to the Great Park? Here are some tips to help you get the most from your visit.
Our lakeside walks, wild forests and open fields offer an unrivalled variety of short and longer walks along good quality trails and tracks - to keep your boots (mostly!) mud-free and your dog feeling happy, and ready to settle down for the evening.
We want Windsor Great Park to be an environment that all of our visitors can enjoy. Dogs must be kept under control at all times and in some areas, which are signposted, must be kept on leads.
Please note that there are times when we have to close areas to dog walking access. Please view our Visitor Updates page for the latest information.
If you are planning a visit to the Park with your dog, please read the following points carefully:
A copy of The Crown Estate's agreement with the Kennel Club, outlining a code of best practice for walking dogs in Windsor Great Park, can be found below.
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.
We have provided dog bins across Windsor 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 Windsor Great Park both clean and safe for all our visitors to enjoy. Please visit our Interactive Map, and select the dog bin filter, to find the location of all dog bins.
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.