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A Thames walk - Windsor to Staines 12th August 2017 a 9 mile easy walk.



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Another walk along the Thames path and closer to our destination at Cricklade. This walk was about 8.78 mile along a flat well marked path along some glorious real estate and parkland settings. Parking was easy this time in Windsor and Eton Riverside car park adjacent to the South West train station and only cost £4 on a Saturday all day. It was a small 15min journey along the track with no changes to Staines train station and at the time of writing cost £9 single for 2 adults . This part of Staines along the path is a bit industrial but you soon enter some glorious parkland and you do feel you are away from traffic and crowds of greater London the only reminder is the constant jets flying overhead from Heathrow. Following the thames away from Staines you pass wraysbury and the massive Reservoir to the North and Egham to the South. The Thames path will then run through the Historic meadows of Runnymede now managed by the National Trust. It was on this site that the Magna carta was sealed in 1215 by King John



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From Wikipedia.
Magna Carta Libertatum (Medieval Latin for "the Great Charter of the Liberties"), commonly called Magna Carta (also Magna Charta; "(the) Great Charter"),[a] is a charter agreed to by King John of England at Runnymede, near Windsor, on 15 June 1215.[b] First drafted by the Archbishop of Canterbury to make peace between the unpopular King and a group of rebel barons, it promised the protection of church rights, protection for the barons from illegal imprisonment, access to swift justice, and limitations on feudal payments to the Crown, to be implemented through a council of 25 barons.
You will find 2 monuments opposite the road on the south west, one itself is the Magna Carta monument and the other is the John F Kennedy monument. You will also find a monument dedicated to Queen Elizabeth with a dated history of Democracy in the Uk on the floor.
Passing Ham island we head into the Village of Datchet , pass Windsor Castle and through Home Park and finally arriving in Windsor. There is loads to see and do here including the Castle and Eton, you will find some great little pubs but the place is very busy with thousands of Tourists lining the streets.