If you want to get away from it all, come here. It is a great place, part of the Royal grounds. It is very beautiful. It had a range of flowers, trees, and a walk to lake round. Which should be around 5 miles.
A great place for picnics, bike rides, general walking or dog walking.
It is situated off the A30.
You can park outside the park for a small charge.
There is also a pub next door.
My wife heard from a colleague that Virginia Water is a nice place for a weekend walk. We had to look it up, but it's a lake (and a nearby village) in the southern part of the Royal Landscape (theroyallandscape.co.uk) , that extensive set of parks and gardens that begins at Windsor Castle. There's a 4.5-mile walking trail around the lake. It was a sunny day, so we drove out.
It was quite nice. Trails - some paved, some dirt, all easily walkable in regular shoes - circle the lake, and head off into other parts of the park to the north.
Parts of the lake trail were very busy, given the niceness of the Sunday afternoon and the crapiness of the previous summer months. But the lake makes a nice backdrop for a walk that goes through trees and fields, past a relocated Greek ruin, and a man-made waterfall.
Lots of green space for a picnic. Lots of areas for cycling, though some of the paths are narrow, and the volume of kids and dogs can make for some dicey maneuvers.
It's free to walk the park. If you use the large car park at the entrance it's £1 per hour (or part thereof), up to a maximum of £5. We ate a sandwich and then walked around the lake and returned to just a £2 charge.
Lovely place to walk, dogs allowed and cycles on certain paths. Great place to visit in the spring to see the plants and flowers. Large lake and waterfall to walk round.
Lots of places to park - pay and display.
Just of the A30 on the way to Staines from Sunningdale.
Restaurant within the gardens - Savill Gardens, visitors centre, shops and toilets. 90 minutes free parking.
Summer Season (1 March 2008 - 31 October 2008)Opening Hours Garden 10am to 6 pm daily. Last admission to the Garden is at 5.30pm. Shop 10am to 6 pm daily. On Sundays, the shop opens from 12 pm to 6 pm
Adults £7.00, Seniors £6.50,Groups (10+) £5.50
Child 6 16 £3.50 (children under 6 are free)
Family - £18.00
Picnics are not allowed in The Savill Garden
No dogs, except Assistance Dogs
Wheelchairs are available at the Savill Building for hire
Winter Season (1 November 2008 - 28 February 2009)
This is a magical place. We've been here as a family a few times, most recently at the w/e when it was utterly freezing. As we have two quite young children we've never yet made it all the way around the lake but we hope to one day. The kids had a ball playing on logs and shuffling about in the leaves.
The lake provides a beautiful backdrop to the walks you can do and it was busy when we were there with lots of people walking their dogs/families trying to burn off all that Christmas food going on long walks.
My husband and I plan to come again with my in laws one day so that they can look after the kids while we do a run around the lake.
Well worth a visit for a family walk at any time of the year.
The main feature is an enormous lake which is about 4.5 miles round and has lots of lovely sites on the way. Part of Windsor Great Park you can walk up through the polo fields through the to the long walk and into Windsor town if you have several hours to spare.
The scenery around the lake is beautiful and having walked it regualrly a couple of years back as part of my training for the Playtex Moonwalk I was delighted to witness the changing seasons. The lake has some lovely wildfowl in situ and the everyone who walks round seems to take the time to say hello to those passing in the opposite direction.
If you park in the car park on the A30 and turn left when you start, you get the steep waterfall part out of the way early on when you energy levels are high and are rewarded ten minutes before the end with a fantastic refreshments wagon serving tea, coffee, hot chocolate and snacks so take some money on your walk!
Beautiful Park and lake system, which includes Saville Garden. Note that the name is Virginia Water - not WATERS
Virginia Waters is a huge park not too far from Richmond, the parks main feature is this absolutely enormous lake that runs through it. The lake is so vast that you can actually swim in it. Me and my friends visited the park two summers ago, we ventured up to the park with four cars full of people and an extensive variety of food in our picnic baskets. The park does actually provide parking, I'm unsure of whether it's free or not, but at least it saves time having to search for a space for ages. We set off in the park to find a spot to set up camp, this involved designing a strategic route that would get us to our desired destination in the park. Our desired destination was to be as close to the lake as possible, we had to walk across logs, climb on rocks and avoid falling into the little lake dispersions about the park. We ended up on a huge patch of grass which was surrounded by trees on three sides and the lake on the other. This was the main body of the lake and segregated us from the other side of the park.
Once we settled into our patch, we set up our food, had a little music and strutted about in our bikini's, it felt like we were holidaying somewhere in the Caribbean, although instead of sea and sand we had grass and a lake. Many of my friends chose to dip into the lake and have a swim, but with the reports I got on how slimy the surface of the lake was I decided against getting in.
We had plenty of fun here, soaking in the sun, eating and enjoying the beauty of Virginia Waters. It's a perfect place to enjoy the sun and have a laugh with your friends.
Arrive when the sun is at its hottest and leave just as its cooling down, get a big group of friends together and prepare a nice picnic basket!
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