Step straight out of the hotel and onto the Thames Path. Actually a 184 mile long National Path that runs the entire length of the River Thames, the Thames Path is a route along one of the most famous rivers in the world. Head left from The Runnymede to wander past the historic Bell Weir Lock and quaint boating communities to reach the Runnymede Pleasure Grounds – ideal for the children to run around or for a café pit-stop. Follow the dramatic curve of the river around to catch a glimpse of Magna Carta Island and the ruins of St Mary’s Priory on the opposite site. Alternatively, turn right out of the hotel to wander up to Staines-upon-Thames for shopping or a drink in a riverside pub.
The ancient meadows at Runnymede are ideal for autumn walks while soaking up the immense history of the area. Famous for being the location where King John sealed the Magna Carta in 1215, there are numerous memorials related to this event in the meadows today. Take in the Magna Carta Memorial, the John F. Kennedy Memorial and The Jurors chairs in the middle of the meadow. Writ in Water is the most recent addition – created by Turner Prize winning artist Mark Wallinger.
For an easy walk just across the river from The Runnymede, embark on the National Trust’s Ankerwycke walk, which takes around half an hour. Wander through meadows and grassland, take in the wildlife and catch a closer look at the ruins of St Mary’s Priory. You’ll also be able to see the famous Ankerwycke Yew, the ancient tree that is thought to be at least 2,000 years old.
For a more extensive and adventurous walk, follow the seven mile route of this Windsor Great Park and Runnymede circuit that takes in village life, history and immense parkland. This walk starts near the northern edge of Windsor Great Park and follows a route that sees you walking almost the entire length of the wonderful green space, past Savill Garden and around the Obelisk Pond. The route continues through the village of Englefield Green, before heading up to Runnymede’s meadows and the River Thames.
Another walk full of history in the local area is The Ramblers’ Old Windsor and Long Walk route. Start off in the nearby village of Old Windsor, which was formerly the site of Edward the Confessor’s Palace, before making your way into Windsor Great Park. The route goes through parts of the park, including The Long Walk, which also provides the iconic view of Windsor Castle at the end.
Make the most of our green and historic locality by enjoying one of these walks on a crisp autumn day, then head back to The Runnymede on Thames for a warming coffee, hot chocolate or lunch by the river.