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
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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.
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.
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.
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If you are an intrepid mountain biker, then the twisting trails within our 2,500 acres offer the excitement you’ve been looking for.
Go Ape is the UK’s No. 1 forest adventure experience, giving friends and families the chance to get in touch with their inner Tarzan!
The Look Out Discovery Centre is a fantastic family day out, with over 90 hands-on science activities that are both fun and educational.
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.