Windsor and Eton circular walk
Start: Windsor station
Finish: Windsor station
Length: 8 km/5 miles
Weather: Hot and sunny
A day off work, a pleasant walk by the river at Richmond, a pub lunch, back home to watch an afternoon of the 2nd Test between England and SA... what could be better. But then I had a change of mind to try something a bit more adventurous. It would only take me an hour to get to Windsor and I had found a walk in a book on the shelf, so I went for it.
The first problem was narrowly missing my train to Richmond. Then when I did get to Richmond I then found out there were no Windsor and Eton trains because the line was closed for repairs. Having paid £13 for a ticket I felt compelled to get the train to Staines and then the rail replacement bus to Windsor. This all put me way back on my schedule.
The bridge at the start of the walk that connects Windsor with Eton.
Windsor Castle in the distance, beyond Home Park.
A boat heading back to Windsor on the Thames, viewed from Victoria Bridge.
After a walk over Dachet golf course, I went under Black Potts Railway Bridge. Shortly after this is a footbridge where I crossed the river again.
Crossing another footbridge gives you the privilege of stepping into the grounds of Eton College.
Enviable net facilities at Eton College, fit for a king or Prime Minister...oh wait a minute.
Eton College -- think Boris Johnson, think David Cameron and many, many more of our PMs and supreme captains of industry...aaah.
Damn it! the library is closed and I had some over-due school books to return.
Having walked through the College grounds and over the road, my route took me through some meadows and under another notable railway bridge. So notable that I didn't take a picture of it -- nevermind!
Another lovely (Brunel) bridge to walk under.
I'd been disappointed that there had been no views of the Castle, but on the home stretch it didn't disappoint.
Not a bad view from the rail replacement bus service, bus stop. It just about made-up for the 20 minute wait for the bus back to Staines station.