Three Castles Path

Total distance covered; 62 miles (100kms)
5 days walking, based in Windsor

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The Three Castles Path is route of 60 miles (96kms) inspired by the well-documented journeys of King John, between the castles at Windsor, Odiham and Winchester, during the 13th century. A more or less straight line between the three castles, with Odiham as the mid-point, takes in some delightful and unfrequented parts of rural Berkshire and Hampshire, in parts  little changed over the intervening centuries.

 

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The route sets out from the city of Winchester, with its fine cathedral, through the water meadows of the River Itchen, and into a landscape of gently rolling hills, fields of crops, small copses of woodland, livestock pasture, mixed hedgerows and and attractive streams. Further east the route follows a section of the quiet Basingstoke Canal before heading over Hazeley Heath and through the Moor Green Lake Nature Reserve. A walk through Swinley Park to Ascot and Windsor Great Park leads to Snow Hill for a final walk along The Long Walk to Windsor.

 

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Highlights of the route include the Great Hall in Winchester, the only surviving part of the Norman castle, which houses Arthur's Round Table; the pastoral tranquility of the River Itchen; the abundance of wildlife amongst the reeds of the Moor Green Lake Nature Reserve, the River Itchen, and along the margins of the Basingstoke Canal; the delightful villages of Easton, Martyr Worthy, Upper Wield and Greywell, with their thatched, brick and flint, half-timbered cottages attractive churches and welcoming pubs; the ruins of Odiham Castle; Snow Hill, with its Copper Horse, a massive statue depicting George III, who made significant contributions to the landscaping of Windsor Great Park, on horseback and in the style of Marcus Aurelius; and the splendid views to Windsor Castle on the approach to the town along The Long Walk. A fitting end to the three Castles Path.

 

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Holiday Options

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Code:TCP
Date:May 3 - May 7, 2020
Grade:2
Price:£355.00
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Daily Itinerary 

Day 1: Winchester to Bugmore Hill 13 miles (21kms)
Day 2: Bugmore Hill to Tunworth 12 miles (19kms)
Day 3: Tunworth to Hazeley Heath 13 miles (21kms)
Day 4: Hazeley Heath to Swinley Park 13 miles (21kms)
Day 5: Swinley Park to Winchester 11 miles (18kms)

 

 

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