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Windsor Great Park : the walker's guide


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David McDowall
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Beyond encouraging others to share his delight in walking in lovely places, David McDowall writes walkers' guides for other reasons. Over the past half century there has been an increasing conflict between our desire to use open spaces for our recreation and the need to conserve and protect them from degradation. This is as true of urban parks as it is of rural landscapes. We need to rediscover what is precious about them. When we know the ecological and human story of a particular landscape, our respect for it is enhanced. Another feature of the past 50 years has been our greatly increased mobility and rootlessness. We are no longer anchored in one place, as most of our forebears were. Acquiring an intimate knowledge of the landscape and what has happened to it over the centuries helps us to feel an affinity with the land we inhabit. The slowness of walking integrates us with the landscape, a civilising activity offering calm and connectedness in a troubled age.


Bill Cathcart (Superintendent of Parks, Windsor) 2007

This is a great read as well as an excellent guide, peeling back layers of history to reveal a landscape a thousand years in the making. The walks ... will take you across much of the Great Park's 4,000 acres... a much needed book for any visitor to the Great Park.

Paths Covered by this Publication:

346 km / 215 miles
389 km / 242 miles
98 km / 61 miles

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