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  • Start: The Cooper’s Hill Lane car park (free) in Englefield Green
  • End: The Cooper’s Hill Lane car park (free) in Englefield Green
  • Country: England
  • County: Surrey
  • Type: Country
  • Nearest pub: The Runnymede-on-Thames hotel is home to two stunning restaurants, including the more formal The Lock, which are perfect for riverside dining
  • Ordnance Survey: Ordnance Survey, Explorer 160
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Take a walk back in time on our ramble around the historic area of Runnymede

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine April 2011


Take a walk back in time on our ramble around the historic area of Runnymede


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Foot Notes: All you need to know...
Start:
The Coopers Hill Lane car park (free) in Englefield Green Grid reference: TQ 995 719 Map: Ordnance Survey, Explorer 160 Length of walk: Four miles with a hill Route: Coopers Hill, Runnymede meadows, Thames footpath, Coopers Slopes Food/drink: The Runnymede-on-Thames hotel is home to two stunning restaurants, including the more formal The Lock, which are perfect for riverside dining Also nearby: If theres still plenty of energy in your legs then the wonders of Virginia Water and Windsor Great Park are only a short drive away Recommended by: The local walking group in the Runnymede area, the Staines Ramblers Group (for more information, see www.stainesramblersgroup.org.uk or www.ramblers.org.uk) Next month: We take a stroll around Chiddingfold...


Viewpoint 1
The John F Kennedy Memorial stands halfway up the Coopers Hill Slopes on ground previously belonging to the crown and now the property of the US. It is made of Portland stone to the design of GA Jellicoe and was unveiled by the Queen in 1965 in the presence of Kennedys widow and children.


Viewpoint 2
Down a flight of cobblestone steps and through a gate into Runnymede Meadows, youll eventually find the Magna Carta Memorial. This domed classical temple was built by the American Bar Association on land leased by the Magna Carta Trust. It was paid for by voluntary contributions of some 9,000 American lawyers. The memorial was designed by Sir Edward Maufe R.A. and unveiled in 1957.


Viewpoint 3
Heading along the River Thames towards Egham, youll come to the Runnymede Pleasure Grounds, a popular open space with a refreshment chalet and further convenient facilities as required.


Viewpoint 4
Follow the towpath past Wraysbury Skiff and Punting Club boathouse, before taking a right at Yard Mead boatyard to emerge on Windsor Road. Cross and head into the open field before working your way towards a small bridge and stream.


Viewpoint 5
Eventually, youll find yourself on Coopers Slopes and Coopers Hill Lane, which leads back to the starting car park. Youll pass the Air Forces Memorial on your way, which is a sobering but beautiful memorial to the men and women of the Allied Air Forces who died during World War II. It was unveiled by the Queen in 1953. This was the first new building to be designated Grade I listed status after the war.



Why not share your reviews and photos from this walkbelow and suggest your own favourite Surrey rambles by sending an e-mail to matthew.williams@surreylife.co.uk

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