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The Royal Landscape - Virginia Water and The Valley Gardens

LOCALITY: Wentworth, Surrey
DISTANCE: 4.5 miles (7.24 km)
FACILITIES: Circular route, Parking, Suitable for wheelchairs, Toilets, Pub, Cafe

GRADIENT: A few ups & downs
OS MAP: Windsor, Weybridge & Bracknell

Walk description:

Virginia Water and The Valley Gardens are part of the Windsor Great Park Estate.

The car park to Virginia Water can be found just off of the A30, (GU25 4QF) and the car park for The Valley Gardens can be found off of Wick Lane, (TW20 0UU). You will be able to follow the brown tourist signs for the Savill Garden once you are within a couple of miles of the walk.

This is a truly beautiful place, it is exceptionally well kept and is obviously a huge hit with those that know about it. We encountered dozens of other buggy users and with its wide and easily accessible paths I can see why.

Virginia Water is a circular walk of 4.5 miles and the path here was brilliant. The first 3 miles of the path around the lake was tarmac. There was only one place that I thought you may like to have assistance if you were in a hand powered wheelchair (this only applied if you were completing the route anti clockwise) as the path sloped for about 40 metres. The path for the remaining 1.5 miles was gravel but was still more than accessible for all pushchairs, buggies and wheelchairs. Please note that there were not as many benches on this part of the walk.

The map below has highlighted the approximate boundary of the two walks. There were plenty of signs and information boards if you wanted to explore, so it is unlikely that you would get lost. There were also maps provided within The Valley Gardens which highlighted a wheelchair and pushchair friendly walk through the gardens. The leaflet also highlighted things of interest. The path was very fine gravel.

Additional notes:

There is a car park with various charges. As of September 2008 - 1-2 hours �2, 2-3 hours �3, 3-4 hours �4 and anything in excess of this was �5. With no admission fee this is well worth the money.

The are public toilets available and they can be found in the pub directly by the Virginia Water car park. We could not find a disabled toilet here so this is something to consider. The only other toilets are within the Savill building.

There was an Ice Cream and Snack bar at the start of the Virginia Water walk and then an Ice Cream Van in The Valley Gardens when we tested this route. There were plenty of benches at the start of the Virginia Water walk over looking the lake and throughout most of the gardens.

In The Valley Gardens there was a great child's play area and throughout the walk there was lots of things to keep young minds occupied - ducks, swans, squirrels and plenty of dogs. This seemed to be a popular walking place for local dog owners, however the park was very clean with several dog bins provided. As the walk is relatively close to Heathrow we also saw lots of planes over head. The walks were also very popular with cyclists and joggers.

We went to look at the facilities within the Savill Garden Centre and they had a lovely cafe and shop to browse around. The toilets were of a very high standard and even had little wooden steps by the sinks for smaller children. There was a baby changing/disabled toilet also. If you wished to look around the Savill Gardens there is an admission fee.

For more information about the two walks within the Royal Landscape please refer to www.theroyallandscape.co.uk

20/09/2008 | Walk posted by Marie Houlden

Walks With Buggies User Reviews

21/09/2008 | Reviewed by Kelvin Jackson

Indeed this is fine place to spend time wandering around and enough paths that no two visits would never need
to be the same. The child's play area mentioned is probably closest to the Saville Gardens carpark. There
are a few areas with picnick tables and plenty of grass banks for those wanting to take their own lunch,
although I still recommend the cakes at the cafe in the visitor centre at Saville Gardens.

Review of Virginia Water walk

19/07/2010 | Reviewed by Karen Richards

This is a beautiful area, and the paths are great for walking with a buggy. However be aware that the route
shown by the blue line on the map above is in fact 6.9 miles rather than 4.5 as advertised. I'd also recommend
making sure you have a map with you (preferably more detailed than the one above) rather than relying on the
sign posts. The Valley Gardens car park now charges a flat rate of 6 (as at July 2010), and the Savill
Gardens car park ranges from 2 to 6 for over 4 hours.