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Surrey walk around Runnymede

PUBLISHED: 13:24 28 March 2018 | UPDATED: 15:48 27 June 2018

Magna Carta Memorial Runnymede by Chris Howard

Magna Carta Memorial Runnymede by Chris Howard


This easy 4.5 mile (7km) walk takes in three incredible memorials along the way, the John F Kennedy Memorial, the Magna Carta Memorial and the Air Forces Memorial


• Start: Free car park on Cooper’s Hill Lane, Englefield Green. Marked as the car park for the Air Forces Memorial.

• Grid ref: TQ 000 720

• Sat Nav: TW20 0LQ

• Length of walk: 4.5 miles/7 kms. Allow three hours.

• Food and Drink: Nearby Englefield Green has a great range of cafes and pubs

• While you are there: Visit Savill Garden – one of Britain’s greatest ornamental gardens.


The walk

1. From the car park turn left along Cooper’s Lane (heading away from the signed Air Forces Memorial). Follow the lane all the way to the T-junction (keeping left at the fork) with Priest Hill. Turn right and follow the road steadily downhill. You can cross over the road to join the pavement running on the left-hand side.

2. Towards the bottom of the hill, turn right through the white gate to join the tarmac lane signed as a public footpath. This leads you steadily downhill until you reach Priest Hill Farm.

3. Keep straight ahead (passing the buildings of Priest Hill Farm on your right) to join the unmade track leading you past a National Trust Runnymede sign on your left. At the junction, keep straight ahead until you meet a cobbled clearing where the John F Kennedy memorial is sited. Follow the cobbled steps to the bottom, go through the kissing gate into Runnymede fields and turn left to visit the 2015 Magna Carta anniversary art installation called The Jurors and National Trust Visitor Centre.

4. Head back past the gate you entered the field by, to visit the Magna Carta memorial. Then turn right for a few paces to reach the field corner. Do NOT go through the gate ahead, turn left along the field edge, towards the road with a wire fence running on your right. At the road, turn right through the kissing gate and follow the edge of the field with the road running on your left. After 150 metres, turn left through the kissing gate and cross over Windsor Road. At the far side, turn right to join the Thames Path, with the River Thames running on your left. Follow the path and stay with the river as it swings left leading you away from the road. On the right you will come to a statue of Queen Elizabeth II.

5. Follow the Thames Path with the river running on your left, keeping left at the fork to pass Wraysbury Skiff and Punting Club on your right. At the large black commercial building, ignore the bridleway signed to the right and go on until you come to a boatyard.

6. Turn right along this access road to the boatyard, called Yard Mead. You will come to a junction with Windsor Road. Cross over and take the tarmac path which leads you across the field at about 11 o’clock.

7. On the other side of the field you will see a choice of two grassy paths on your right. Take the path furthest right, heading for the summit of the tree-covered hill in the distance. Follow this path and go through the kissing gate to reach a junction with a vehicle track towards Cooper’s Hill.

8. Turn right on this track which leads you steeply uphill. Stay on the main track which then becomes a road passing university halls of residence on your left. After 40 metres you will reach the entrance gates for the Air Forces Memorial on your right. Continue along this road to get back to the starting point.

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