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.”
We have many accessible routes and pathways, so people of all abilities can enjoy as many areas of Windsor Great Park as possible.
Due to the varied nature of the terrain, some areas are more accessible than others, and many wheelchair accessible areas require an able-bodied assistant in places. Assistance dogs are welcome in all public areas of Windsor Great Park.
The Savill Garden is easily accessible, with a fairly even terrain that is suitable for both wheelchairs and buggies. For adult visitors with disabilities, we also allow an accompanying able-bodied companion to visit The Savill Garden free of charge, if you require. Disabled facilities, including toilets (accessible with a radar key) are clearly sign-posted in The Savill Building.
Dedicated parking spaces are available close to the entrance of The Savill Building, and we have a limited number of non-motorised wheelchairs available to borrow, for use in The Savill Garden and The Savill Building. Please note, wheelchairs are available on a first come, first served basis. We do not have electric mobility scooters, but if you have your own then you are very welcome to use it.
There are plenty of clearly marked wheelchair accessible paths throughout the Garden, as well as several benches and seated areas where you can relax and enjoy the views. Please be aware, although the main circular route around the Garden is wheelchair accessible, there is a section with a slight descent and ascent when returning to The Savill Building, meaning that companions will need to be fit and able-bodied in order to push a wheelchair in these areas!
Please visit our page on The Savill Garden for more information about visiting this area of the Park.
A flat and well maintained path circles most of the lake at Virginia Water, passing by key points of interest such as the Leptis Magna Ruins and the Totem Pole. This makes the landscape easily accessible - so visitors of all ages and abilities can enjoy the beautiful area and its rich history.
There are slight inclines where an able-bodied companion may be necessary to help push the wheelchair, and a relatively steep incline around the slope by the Cascade waterfall. Dedicated disabled parking is available in Virginia Water car park, and disabled toilet facilities can be found in The Pavilion, by the entrance to Virginia Water.
Please visit our page on Virginia Water for more information about visiting this area of the Park.
Due to the nature of the landscape, The Valley Gardens is naturally less easily accessible for visitors with restricted mobility. There are however a number of wheelchair friendly routes from which to enjoy the ever-changing displays – including a wheelchair accessible viewing point at the Punch Bowl, which offers a new perspective of this breath-taking seasonal display, which is at its best in May.
A walking route from The Savill Garden Visitor Centre and Virginia Water Pavilion can be found here.
Please visit our page on The Valley Gardens for more information about its enchanting woodland and exotic displays.
The Long Walk provides a smooth and even tarmac path which runs for 2.5 miles (4.2km) from Windsor Castle gates all the way up to Snow Hill. However, the path does not run all the way to the Copper Horse statue itself - although does join a road that continues to traverse the Deer Park, towards Bishopsgate in one direction and Rangers Gate in the other direction.
Please be aware that there are inclines at both ends of the Long Walk path, with a particularly challenging steeper incline towards the Copper Horse on Snow Hill. Also, subject to weather conditions, wheelchair access can be limited in the grassy meadows of the Deer Park.
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.