Length 5.6 km (3.5 miles), terrain: flat
For a run through Windsor Great Park, see the Great Park Route.
For other running routes, see Route List.
Windsor is so wonderfully English: its impressive castle, amazing parkland, beautiful Georgian homes, the inviting old pubs, the swans floating on the River Thames, the horse-race track... There's a definite old-fashioned charm to the place. And one more thing that adds to the charm is Eton College, just across the river from town. Eton is over 550 years old, has graduated 19 British prime ministers, and is one of the few boys' boarding schools still operating in England. Even princes William and Harry went there.
|School outfitter on Eton High Street|
|Rowing students along the Thames|
|Trail through the Brocas|
There is scenic parkland across the river in Windsor, and motor-boats tied to shore.
When you leave the Brocas, you run under the brick arches of a railroad viaduct. Along this section, when I was there, there were a few students on bikes with brass megaphones yelling fairly unwanted advice to their colleagues in the rowing boats.
|Bicyclist with megaphone, managing the rowers|
Then you go under a big car bridge for the A332 road. After coming out on the other side of the bridge, the main path turns north, away from the river, while a smaller path continues right along the water. You can take either trail: the bigger one is a short-cut avoiding a coming dog-leg in the river. But the waterside trail is more scenic, I think. I took that one. They both come back together in just 200 meters.
|Fork in the trail: the left side stays along the water|
Just after where the two trails join again, you cross the wooden "Chinese Bridge" over a side-stream. You'll have a big meadow to the right side.
|Swans at the Chinese Bridge|
|Turn right here towards Eton Wick!|
|Eton Common public footpath: cross this field!|
The field ends at the A332 road again, where you go through another stile and run under the bridge through some mud. It's the one lonely bit of the run.
After the bridge, you'll have the brook to your left and the back yards of some houses to your right.
|The last part of the trail as it enters the college|
The trail merges into Common Lane, with classroom buildings and dormitories to either side.
|Ice-cream truck at the Eton library on Common Lane|
|Entrance to the main courtyard, with statue of Henry VI, the school's founder|
|At Eton Chappel|