Male running in the foreground towards Windsor Castle in the Background

Running in Windsor Great Park

Windsor Great Park offers runners a huge variety of routes, terrains and gradients – as well as a half-marathon each September.  

Whether you are a beginner or a regular runner, you’ll find the perfect challenge in Windsor Great Park. Here are a couple of recommended routes to get you started.

The Long Walk

Accessed via the Cambridge Gate in Windsor Town Centre, the Long Walk offers over 2.5 miles (4.2km) of tarmac path from Windsor Castle to the top of Snow Hill. 

Set your pace and enjoy a gentle incline that climbs towards the Copper Horse, where a final push will reward you with exhilarating views.

As you stop for a break, look out for the tree canopies, Eton College and the distant arch of Wembley stadium. 

The copper horse statue looks down over The Long Walk.

Virginia Water Lake

Runners at Virginia Water Lake.

If you’re looking for a mid-length workout, the 4.5 mile (7 km) woodland route around Virginia Water may fit the bill. 

Start at Virginia Water Pavilion and choose left for the Leptis Magna Ruins, or right for the wild forests and flowerbeds of The Valley Gardens. If you do the whole route, you’ll see both in any case. 

And, however far you decide to run at Virginia Water, the Pavilion will always be ready and waiting to greet you with a welcome drink and a snack. 

The Windsor Half Marathon 

Inspired to test your endurance on a longer run? The Windsor Half Marathon takes place in September each year. See our Events page for more information, or visit the Run Windsor website.  

Runners on The Long Walk, Windsor Half Marathon.

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These useful links will help you make the most of your visit to Windsor Great Park. 

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