Sunningdale to Staines

Sat 4th Jan 2020

Walk Details:

Event Type
Group Walk
Region
Southern England
Local Group
London
Distance
18ml.
Start Time
09:35
Route
Start: Sunningdale Station (Train departs London Waterloo 8:36 arriving in Sunningdale at 9:31)

This relatively mud-free and flat walk makes an ideal Winter outing. Our morning route will be familiar to those who completed the 2012 London Games 100. It takes us via Virginia Water, Valley Gardens, Windsor Deer Park and the Long Walk down into Windsor for lunch (10 miles). Numerous lunch options here.
In the afternoon we walk along the pretty Thames Path via Runnymede and into Staines where there is an optional tea stop.

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General Notes
This is a joint walk with Surrey walking club, a great way to meet members of another group. www.surreywalkingclub.org.uk Buy a return to Sunningdale. Map - Explorer 160
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Walk Report

Sunningdale to Staines, Saturday 4th January 2020
38 walkers, 18.5 miles - leader Kate Copeland
The morning was mostly within the grounds of Windsor Great Park, thus many of the sights to behold were royal in nature - Virginia Water (possibly named after the Virgin Queen), the Queen's Totem Pole, Duke of Cumberland's Obelisk (where we stopped for elevenses and the leader's time-keeping was rightly held to account), the Royal Lodge and then on to the Copper Horse.
We were disappointed not to see any deer in the deer park, however this was quickly forgotten as we basked in the brilliant sunshine and blue skies that burst out halfway down the Long Walk. There was some discussion about how long the Long Walk is. A quick internet search suggests it is 2.65 miles. The group was clearly ready for lunch as they covered this distance in 35 minutes!
Two of our number left us at Windsor. However, Carol joined us which was a lovely surprise.
The low, winter sunshine stayed with us until dusk which meant that the Thames between Windsor and Staines was looking its prettiest. The weeping willows were almost fluorescent in the light.
We arrived into Staines at about 4.45pm and deposited several of the team at their second Wetherspoon's of the day. The rest eschewed tea in favour of the train back to London.
Photographs by Gavin Fuller; more by Gavin and Stephen Lannon on the group Facebook site

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