Royal Park to community playground – Windsor Great Park  May 10th, 2019

 

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The 1,000-year-old Windsor Castle often overshadows Windsor Great Park with its lush forest and rolling lawns. This lovely 9,000-acre space is dotted with lakes, ceremonial walks, Roman ruins, cascades, beautiful gardens, plus plenty of opportunity for long and short trails with stunning vistas.  Take in arresting views of Windsor Castle, the grazing herds of the Queen’s deer, woodlands, open grasslands and lake shores in your campervan or motorhome hire with Camperbug!

 

The history

 

Set southwest of Windsor Castle, Windsor Forest was once set aside as the Monarchs hunting grounds and supplied the fortified encampment with fish, game and wood over a 1,000 years ago. A parker was appointed in1129, and the reserved area was marked out. The park is considerably smaller now however it will still take you an hour or more to explore the park from the human-made Virginia Water Lake to the gates of Windsor Castle. To get a taste of the numerous gardening projects and fancies of the Royals, the gardeners and their architects, spanning over 400 years, the Royal Landscape is worth a visit.

 

To see

 

Virginia Water

 

Virginia Water was created in 1753 through damming and flooding. Sites around the lake include a Roman temple, an ornamental waterfall and a 100-foot Totem Pole gifted by British Columbia to mark its centennial. With a permit from the Royal Parks, you can fish in some ponds in Windsor Great Park as well some points in Virginia Lake.

 

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The Leptis Magna Ruins

 

The Leptis Magna Ruins were initially a part of the Roman city of Leptis Magna in Libya. During the 17th century over 600 columns from the ruins were sent over to Louis XIV to be made use of in the Palace of Versailles. By the early 19th century, there was a transfer of power, and this time it was the British Consul General who influenced the local governor to let King George IV beautify his back garden with a few select pieces. The ruins finally made it to Windsor Great Park after a brief spell at the British Museum.

 

The Landscape Gardens

 

There are numerous flowering gardens including the woodland Valley Garden which contains open grasslands, and exotic vegetation. Expect to see a variety of native trees like cherries, sweet chestnut, sweet gums, Asiatic rowans, Scots Pine and more! Happily, there is no entrance fee.

 

The Savill Garden

 

This 35-acre ornamental garden was built for the sheer enjoyment of each visitor. Created by Eric Savill in the 1930s, the garden combines a delightful blend of interlinking, contemporary and classical gardens. The garden holds a treat for every season! Enjoy December’s seasonal displays in the Temperate House or visit during the spring months to see colourful rhododendrons, azaleas and daffodils in bloom! Savill Garen also holds over twenty Champion Trees, which is a UK accreditation for a tree that is either the tallest of contains the most extensive span for its type in the country. There is a modest admission charge to view the gardens.

 

 

 

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