GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Three Castles Path

61 miles (98 km)

This long distance trail takes you from the castle at Windsor to the castle at Winchester, passing Odiham Castle on the way. It tuns for just over 60 miles passing forested areas, country parks, canals, lakes and a series of historic sites.
The route starts at Windsor Castle where you begin by heading south along the Long Walk in Windsor Great Park.
After leaving the park you follow trails south west to the famous racecourse at Ascot and Bracknell Forest. The path takes you through the expansive forest, passing Englemere Pond and Swinley Forest before coming to Sandhurst village where you can try some pleasant waterside trails at Tri Lakes Country Park.
You continue south across Warren Heath and Bramshill Forest to Hartley Wintney and Dogmersfield Park where you can enjoy a stroll on the towpath of the Basingstoke Canal.
Near here you will pass one of the highlights and inspirations for the walk at Odiham Castle. The now ruined castle was built by King John in the early part of the 13th century. The King rode from the site to Runnymede, to seal the Magna Carte in 1215.
The trail continues west to Greywell, Upton Grey, Ellisfield, Upper Wield and Abbotstone Down before coming to Itchen Abbas. Here you can try another waterside stroll along the River Itchen into Winchester where the route finishes.

Three Castles Path OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Three Castles Path Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The path links up with the Itchen Way and the Oxdrove Way towards the end of the route.
Just outside Basingstoke the path skirts the southern edge of Hackwood Park. The Grade I listed park is worth a small detour with public footpaths taking you past the estate which includesan ornamental bridge, fountains, a statue ofGeorge I, deer and the impressive Hackwood House. Just to the east of the park you can pick up the circular Mapledurwell Walk and visit the pretty villages of Mapledurwell and Upton Grey.

Photos

Approach to Windsor Castle - geograph.org.uk - 2662547

Approach to Windsor Castle

King John's Castle - geograph.org.uk - 285361

King John's Castle. A shadow of a pine falls on the decaying walls of King John's Castle, North Warnborough. Apparently this was where King John spent the night before he journeyed to Runnymede to sign the Magna Carta in 1215. Sadly, the public are now kept out by a wire-mesh fence. This is one of the castles that give the Three Castles Path its name. The long-distance footpath runs from Windsor to Winchester via North Warnborough.

Winchester Tower in Windsor Castle - geograph.org.uk - 1520058

Winchester Tower in Windsor Castle

The Three Castles Path, Bradley - geograph.org.uk - 233696

Bradley. Running from Windsor to Winchester via Odiham - each has a castle - the Three Castles Path here runs in front of the row of trees to the left. In the foreground is a belt of set aside left to encourage pheasants.

From the Three Castles Path - geograph.org.uk - 369973

The Three Castles Path runs here as a byway along the edge of a wood (Godsfield Copse) with the land sloping gently to the right (south) offering extensive views. Here we are looking east towards Armsworth Hill Farm (central horizon) which is out of square, but everything up to the brown field is in the square.

Towards Wield Wood Farm - geograph.org.uk - 369963

Towards Wield Wood Farm. Taken from the trail where it meets Barton Copse at the eastern side of the square. Looking north down a U-shaped valley shown here towards Wield Wood Farm in the middle distance (right). The edge of Wield Wood is visible (left) and the small hut on the extreme right is a pump house on the boundary between this square and the next one.

Three Castles path between Easton and M3 - geograph.org.uk - 227666

Three Castles path between Easton and M3. On the map, it looks as if this path would give a good view of the River Itchen but this is not so due to the vegetation

River Itchen west of Easton - geograph.org.uk - 980590

River Itchen west of Easton

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GPS Files

GPX File

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