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Three Castles Path (England)

96 km / 60 miles

Bracknell Forest, Hampshire, Windsor & Maidenhead
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
Easy; Canal; Downland/Wolds; Heath; River; Heritage; Monarchy
SU967772 - Windsor Castle, Windsor & Maidenhead
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SU477294 - Great Hall, The Castle, Winchester, Hampshire
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Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Three Castles Path (Guidepost - 2016)
Windsor Great Park : the walker's guide (The Laird Press (David McDowall) - 2007)


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
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Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
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Other Paper Maps:
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Windsor and the Great Park Footpath Map (East Berkshire Group Ramblers - 2011)
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Visitor Maps: Windsor and The Great Park (Love Maps On Ltd - 2018)

Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

From Path
Along Path
B & B Accommodation
Hatsue Guest House  (bookable online)
3 Km
23 Km
Fernbank Hotel  (bookable online)
4 Km
59 Km
Winchester Holiday Lets  (bookable online)
2 Km
96 Km

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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