The Freedom Trail

The Freedom Trail is a long distance path, designed to link places associated with these and other events in our history, and how they would form a blue-print for the world we know today. I'm not really an historian or a walker, but through a few other projects I have been involved with, I thought this would be something interesting to do. The path is 64 miles long.

Technical sheet
No. 12988801
A Wraysbury walk posted on 10/08/21 by Sean Davis. Update : 10/08/21
Author's time Author's time : 5 days
Distance Distance : 63.78mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 538ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 594ft
Highest point Highest point : 285ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 13ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : No
Walking Walking
Location Location : Wraysbury
Starting point Starting point : N 51.457741° / W 0.541989°
Arrival Arrival : N 51.403639° / W 0.339624°

Step by step walk

This walk needs several days, please find the details below.

Wraysbury Station to Datchet Station

The first section of the walk starts at Wraysbury station. It is 13.15 miles and takes in Wraysbury, Ankerwycke, Church Lammas, St Mary's Church, Duncroft Manor, Staines Moor, central Staines-upon-Thames, Staines riverside, The Hythe, Thames Path, Runnymede, Old Windsor and Datchet.

Datchet Station to Windsor & Eton Riverside

This section of our walk starts at Datchet Railway Station. It is 14.75 miles and takes in Datchet Village, the Jubilee River, Dorney, Maidenhead Riverside, Dorney Lake, Boveney, the Thames Path, Eton High Street and Windsor Bridge. It is the longest of the five sections, but is flat and easy to follow.

Windsor & Eton Riverside to Englefield Green

This section of our walk starts is 11.4 miles. It starts at Windsor & Eton Riverside Station and takes in Windsor Castle, The Long Walk, Windsor Great Park, Three Castles Path, Virginia Water, Valley Gardens, Savill Garden and Englefield Green.

Englefield Green to Walton-on-Thames

This section of our walk starts at Englefield Green. It is 13.35 miles long and takes in Englefield Green, Runnymede Memorials, Egham, The Causeway, Staines Riverside, the Thames Path, Laleham, Chertsey Bridge, Shepperton Riverside, Shepperton Ferry, Desborough Cut, Walton Bridge and Walton-on-Thames.

Walton-on-Thames to Hampton Court Palace

The last section of our walk starts is 11.1 miles. It starts at St Mary's Church at Walton-on-Thames and takes in the Thames Path, Hurst Park, Hampton Ferry, Hampton Village, Bushy Park, Hampton Wick, Kingston-upon-Thames and follows the Thames Path upstream to finish at Hampton Court Palace.

Useful Information

The path is divided into 5 sections varying from 11.1 to 14.75 miles. The route instructions can be printed off as a whole or as an addition to each section.

At some places along the path, there are small diversions, away from the main route, to visit places I believe to be relevant. I have included these as options and give instructions and maps, but it is your choice if you decide to use them or not.

Overall, the route is mainly flat and easy underfoot. Though in some places, especially the second visit to Runnymede and the descent of Coopers Hill, take great care when wet. Ensure at all times you put your own and others safety first. Study the weather forecast and dress appropriately, yet always be prepared for any circumstances. Let friends and family know what you are doing and stay in contact with them for updates on your progress. If by chance you pass through a field with animals (I didn't come across any), then avoid walking between livestock and their young.

More details : https://sites.google.com/site/thefreedom...

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

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