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Three Castles Path (England)

96 km / 60 miles

Bracknell F, Hants, Windsor M
This route was inspired by the 13th century journeys of King John via the Castle built by him near Odiham. The route takes in Windsor Great Park to Ascot, the Crown Estate south of Bracknell, the Blackwater Valley, the Basingstoke canal, the Whitewater River and the River Itchen from Itchen Abbas to the Great Hall, at The Castle, Winchester.

There are some hilly sections but it is mainly easy walking. Apart from Hartley Wintney and Odiham/North Warnborough, only small villages are passed en route. Intermediate rail links can be made from Ascot, Sandhurst, Crowthorne and Winchfield.

For explorers of the extensive Windsor Great Park, the book by McDowall provides historical and landscape background and describes several walks within the Park.


Path Type: Paths Marked on OS mapping
Attributes: Canal; Downland/Wolds; Heath; River; Heritage; Monarchy
SU967772 - Windsor Castle, Windsor M
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SU477294 - Great Hall, The Castle, Winchester, Hants
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Web Sites: Walking Pages - Three Castles Path

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Booklet: Three Castles Path (Ramblers East Berkshire Group - 1998)
Paperback: Windsor Great Park: The Walker's Guide (The Laird Press - 2007)


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  Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2011.
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Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger: 175176185186
OS Landranger Active: 175176185186
OS Explorer: 132144159160
OS Explorer Active: 132144159160
Other Paper Maps:
Map (Other): Windsor & The Great Park (Ramblers East Berkshire Group)
Map (Other): Essential Maps of Windsor Great Park and Central Windsor and Eton (Anderson Geographics Ltd - 2010)

Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

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B & B Accommodation: Hatsue Guest House  (bookable online) 3 Km 23 Km
Hotels: Fernbank Hotel  (bookable online) 4 Km 59 Km
Self-catering: Winchester Holiday Lets  (bookable online) 2 Km 96 Km

Connected Paths:

E Routes: E-Route 2 UK Section - Dover to Kirk Yetholm
National Trails (England & Wales): South Downs Way National Trail; Thames Path National Trail
Paths Marked on OS mapping: Allan King Way; Blackwater Valley Path; Clarendon Way; Oxdrove Way; Wayfarer's Walk
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Other Paths: Basingstoke Canal Walk; Bracknell Forest Ramblers Route; Brenda Parker Way; Coast to Coast - Southern England; Games Way; Goring to Goring; London Countryway; London Green Belt Way; Orange Way; Our Lady of Caversham Pilgrimage Walk; Pilgrim's Way; Round Reading Walks; St James Way; Thames Valley Circular Walk; Wokingham Way
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Route Profile:

98.0 Km (60.9 miles)
1,210 m (3,970 ft) ascent
195 m (640 ft)  maximum height