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.
Swinley Forest covers more than 3000 acres of woodland which runs across gently sloping hills, making it the perfect destination for a range of fun and exciting activities.
Windsor Great Park and Swinley Forest are linked through the management of The Crown Estate, but are separate visitor destinations - with Swinley Forest being located near Bracknell, which is to the south west of the Great Park and around 20 minutes from Windsor by road.
Evolved from one of the largest Royal hunting woodlands, Swinley Forest is renowned for its exquisite beauty which stretches across thousands of acres. It shares Windsor Great Park’s Norman hunting forest traditions and rich history, with ‘Caesar’s Camp’ being one of the oldest examples. This hilltop fort dates back to the Iron Age, built by Britons almost 2,300 years ago.
Historically, the timber from these forests was used for ship construction and building. Today though, the forest is managed under a multi-purpose policy - integrating the conservation of wildlife, timber production and public access.
Activities in and around Swinley Forest
From thrilling adventures to educational hands-on science exhibitions, Swinley Forest is renowned for its unique range of activity and learning experiences. Its undulating trails are alive with adventurers looking to discover the excitement and natural beauty offered by this 3000 acres of rolling evergreen forest.
Swinley Forest forms part of the Thames Valley Special Protection Area, and The Crown Estate works closely with Natural England to protect this important habitat.
This area is designated for its heathland habitats and is home to a number of rare and threatened bird species. You may be lucky enough to spot a Nightjar, Dartford Warbler and Woodlark as you walk, run or cycle through the varied landscape of heaths, grassland, lakes, ponds and woods - discovering something new around every corner. With inspiring hilltop views and rare heathland habitats, Swinley Forest really does offer something for everyone.
To find out more about how we are protecting and developing Windsor Great Park, for the enjoyment of visitors for generations to come, please visit our Conservation and Stewardship page.