Virginia Water Cascades and Windsor Castle - Saturday, 19 March 2022
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BMC Affiliated Club

  • Distance: 17.08 km (10.9 miles)
  • Grading: Easy
  • Rating: 2 out of 10
  • Ascents: 189 m
  • hiking time: About 5.5 to 6.5 hours of actual hiking

Transport & Meeting Point

We'll meet at London Waterloo from 8:50 am.

Planned arrival time back into London of 7:00pm (we have a group train ticket, and you are committed for the day until then).

This walk is covered by our Club's insurance. Our Club is registered on The British Mountaineering Council (BMC)



This walk explores the Lake of Virginia Water Park, the Cascades, Valley Gardens (which overlooks it), Windsor Great Park (a forest and deer park), and the Long Walk to Windsor Castle.

Towards the north of the park, on a rise, is the copper horse statue. From there, the 4km Long Walk, an iconic tree lined path, slopes downhill to Windsor Castle, besides the Thames.

Virginia Water Lake was originally little more than a stream. During World War II, the lake was drained, as its obvious shape provided enemy guidance at night to Windsor and other important military targets in the area. It has been used by the crews for the Harry Potter films for lakeside scenes.

The Cascade, or Waterfall, is also notable. It was constructed from stones brought from Bagshot Heath. They are rumoured to be the remains from a Saxon settlement. From the Cascade a stream runs through a glen and ultimately enters the Thames at Chertsey. By the side of the Cascade, immense stones are arranged to form a cavern known as 'The Robber's Cave'.

How to find us

Maria will be at the meeting point detailed in the section "Transport and Meeting Point" below. In case of difficulties locating her, you can call her on 07535295739 (texts cannot be replied to)


We will stop during the hike for a snack lunch so please bring food and drink. We will visit a pub after the hike where we can get refreshments.


The cost includes the guided hike and return train travel from the group departure station listed at the top of this event.


  • Members: £20
  • No Members: £28

IMPORTANT NOTE: To reserve a place you must make the full payment, otherwise the reservation will not be accepted.

All events are limited to twenty-five person for a better quality of service and have a comfortable group.

Por any questions or more info ask to by email events@hikinginlondon.co.uk or by whatsapp 07535295739.

Photos & Video - All were taken by the hike leader on previous trips so are the actual views that you will see from the route that you'll be hiking.


Dogs can use this trail as well, but must be on a leash.

What to Bring

  • Suitable hiking clothes & hiking footwear (ideally hiking boots) - click here
  • Waterproof jacket, trousers and footwear are recommended.
  • Water (at least 1 and ideally 2 litres)
  • Packed lunch/picnic
  • Money for drinks and refreshments after the hike
  • That's it! We will take care of train tickets, logistics on the day etc, so that you can just turn up and have a great day :-)


This hike is led by a trained hike leader and qualified Outdoor Activity First Aider. Outdoor activities involve a risk of personal injury. Please come with suitable hiking footwear and hiking clothes such as warm clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers in case of rain - more info

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