Virginia Water Lake Walk
Enjoy a waterside walk around the beautiful Virginia Water in Windsor. The lake is located within the wonderful Windsor Great Park and is surrounded by woodland and gardens. A well defined walking path runs around the lake taking you to a number of interesting sites. You'll pass the 18th century ornamental cascade and the Leptis Magna Ruins - a Roman style temple built from columns and lintels brought from the ancient city of Leptis Magna in the early 19th Century. There is also a striking 100-foot high Totem Pole and the Virginia Water Pavilion built from wood from Windsor Great Forest.
Right next to the lake are the stunning Valley Gardens. Here you'll find 250 acres of landscaped gardens and woodlands to explore using a series of well defined walking trails. You could also head further into Windsor Great Park to extend your walk.
Virginia Water Lake Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Virginia Water Lake Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Virginia Water Lake OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Virginia Water Lake Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Head to the Virginia Water Pavilion for some refreshments after your walk. You can enjoy hot dogs with delicious Royal Farms sausages, tasty bacon sandwiches, burgers, pastries, ice creams and selection of snacks. There's a nice timber decking area where you can enjoy your meal with fine views across the lake. There's also a number of kiosks dotted around where you can pick up a quick snack, ice cream or drink.
The lake, the surrounding park and woods are a great place for a dog walk. At the Pavilion cafe you will also find some handy water bowls.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
A few miles south of the lake there's some more good trails to be found on Chobham Common. The expansive common is the largest National Nature Reserve in the south east of England. As such there's a plethora of interesting plants and wildlife to look out for in the area. The nearby Chobham village is also worth visiting. There's a quintessential English scene here with a pretty village green and cricket pitch. The White Hart pub overlooking the green is a nice place for a meal on a summer day.