Comprising of thousands of acres of stunning natural parkland – The Saville Garden, The Valley Gardens and Virginia Water Lake make up The Royal landscape in the south-east corner of Windsor Great Park in Berkshire.
To even claim to have explored a smidgen of this huge outdoor space, I would be lying… We have taken a turn around Virgina Lake itself a few times over the years but the area definitely deserves more of our attention.
On a recent trip on a gloriously sunny day, we packed a picnic and met our friends at The Saville Garden’s entrance to the The Royal Landscape. Although Saville holds the title of Britain’s finest ornamental gardens (family tickets £25.00), we decided that this day trip was all about enjoying the public areas and letting the kids roam free. Our friends suggested this section of the Landscape as it has a children’s play area with a shipwreck and sand pit, and is a short walk to the picnic tables on Obelisk Lawn, as well as being close to the restaurant, baby changing facilities and toilets.
We found a delightful spot right under a big tree near to the play area, but we could see the shimmering water of the tranquil Obelisk Pond. It was the perfect setting, monkey tucked in to all the scrummy picnic food on offer – and the boys and little Q, ended up kicking a ball about, while us ladies chatted over a bottle of prosseco.
Then, the children desperately wanted to go to the playground…
Once we had finished our veritable feast and the kids had tired of playing, monkey wanted to ride his balance bike, and we wanted to take a leisurely stroll in the direction of Virginia Lake. Little did we realised that the lake was in fact some distance away, and we actually only made it around the pond!We even took our shoes off and leapt in for a paddle! Although we only realised after we dried off that we were prohibited from entering the water… whoops! Oh well, it was nice to dip our toes on such a warm day. No one seemed to mind.
Before we knew it, time was getting on well past early evening, and we were all shocked how quickly the day had passed. But on reflection is was easy to see how we whiled away the afternoon ambling along such stunning, natural scenery.
We barely even scratched the surface of The Royal Landscape; we didn’t make it to The Pavillion at the Lake; the Chinese fishing temple; or see the totem pole; or the blooming Valley Gardens with their rhododendron forest and sweeping valleys of flowers. The great thing is, there’s no excuse for us not to come back and take more time to explore this beautiful part of Berkshire.
No wonder the park is fit for Royalty – it definitely has our seal of approval.