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Three Castles Path (England)

Bracknell Forest, Hampshire, Windsor & Maidenhead

98 km / 61 miles  View Facebook Page
This route was inspired by the 13th century journeys of King John via the Castle built by him near Odiham. The route takes in Windsor Great Park to Ascot, the Crown Estate south of Bracknell, the Blackwater Valley, the Basingstoke canal, the Whitewater River and the River Itchen from Itchen Abbas to the Great Hall, at The Castle, Winchester.

There are some hilly sections but it is mainly easy walking. Apart from Hartley Wintney and Odiham/North Warnborough, only small villages are passed en route. Intermediate rail links can be made from Ascot, Sandhurst, Crowthorne and Winchfield.

For explorers of the extensive Windsor Great Park, the book by McDowall provides historical and landscape background and describes several walks within the Park.

UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2020 - Bracknell Forest Council have confirmed that the railway crossing to the north of Sandhurst (Grid Ref SU 82681 62707) has been closed permanently for safety reasons. The Public Right of Way now follows the bridge around 300m further north. This is a permanent diversion and there is appropriate signage indicating the route of the footpath.


Path Type: Paths Marked on OS mapping
Attributes: Easy
Start: SU969769 - Windsor Castle, Windsor & Maidenhead View on StreetMap
Finish: SU478295 - Great Hall, The Castle, Winchester, Hampshire View on StreetMap
Web Sites: Walking Pages - Three Castles Path Annierak - Three Castles Path [blog] Rambles & Brambles - Three Castles Path [blog] Three Castles Path - Winchester to Windsor [YouTube video]

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Guidebook Three Castles Path  (Guidepost  - 2016 )
Guidebook Windsor Great Park : the walker's guide  (Stanfords  - 2007 )


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger 175, 176, 185, 186
OS Landranger Active 175, 176, 185, 186
OS Explorer 32, 144, 159, 160
OS Explorer Active 32, 144, 159, 160
Other Paper Maps:
Map (Other)
Windsor and the Great Park Footpath Map (East Berkshire Ramblers - 2011)
Map (Other)
Visitor Maps: Windsor and The Great Park (Love Maps On Ltd - 2018)

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Route Profile:

98.6 km (61.3 miles)
1,195 m (3,921 ft) ascent
195 m (640 ft)  maximum height

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