The Long Walk, where Samy walks and Cornelius hobbles...

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The Long Walk, where Samy walks and Cornelius hobbles...

As you know, play my cozy crime series about Dr. Samantha Wilde in Windsor, barely half an hour from London and yet idyllically situated in the countryside.

In this post I will tell you a little bit about one of my highlights in Windsor, the Long Walk. Anyone who is enthusiastic about nature combined with tradition will love it and believe me, millions of people have seen it. At least on TV, on The Crown on Netflix or in the gala, because it was precisely on this magnificent avenue that two of the people who had had a much less positive presence in the tabloids in recent years showed their best side. 

Little spoiler: from England to LA…

Der Lon Walk in Windsor

Windsor is always worth a visit

Windsor is a small town in Berkshire, so to speak at the gates of London, known for Windsor Castle, the current home of Queen Elizabeth II. I will write separate blog articles about the wonderful town and castle because there is too much to say to mix it all together, and for those who are particularly interested, of course he can too my books read from the Samy series, because Samy explores Windsor a little bit more every day.

In this article I will let the Long Walk appear before your inner eye and I am sure you will be able to understand my enthusiasm. In May 2019, pictures of the boulevard went around the world and millions of people were virtual witnesses of a mega production. But what is this dead-straight asphalt road that aims like an arrow at the imposing castle from Snow Hill?

Nobles have always had a soft spot for hunting

Winsor Castle has always been of great importance to the rulers of England, partly because the Crown has always owned extensive lands around the castle. An extensive meadow and forest landscape stretches particularly in the southern direction, which over the centuries has been part of the Hunting grounds belonged to the Royals. Hunting was a popular pastime, so it was only natural that rural Windsor would always be the center of attention. In the meantime, it seems that even the most die-hard supporters in royal circles see the topic of hunting with different eyes, and we have even seen in the past that one or the other of them have distanced themselves completely from it.

Today, the extensive areas around the castle are known for the fact that there are now and then recordings of the Queen walking her dogs there, or of horsemen. However, both are becoming less and less, because unfortunately Elisabeth II has poor health and is no longer able to walk well. But she certainly continues to enjoy the beautiful facilities that have a long history.

For Britain, the English Channel is still wider than the Atlantic

Jacques Baumel

Inspired in France, laid out in the heart of England

In general, the relationship between the English and the French was always considered tense, but this did not prevent anyone from getting inspiration on the other side of the English Channel;)

1660 war Charles II After visiting France, excited about the upcoming Versailles Link and associated green spaces and was dying to have something similar. He imagined how he could spice up the grounds of Windsor Castle in such a way that the "foundation stone" of the Long Walk was laid. Although details have changed again and again since then, such as the type and formation of the trees, the paving of the path, but basically the whole splendor has existed for more than 350 years.

The current form is a double avenue that stretches like a ruler straight as an arrow between the castle and the Snow Hill rising in the distance. Embedded in the Home Park and the adjoining Great Park, a path of gigantic proportions was already laid out at that time.

After all, the Long Walk measures 4.8 km and is 80 meters wide with its green strips. When I saw it for the first time I was speechless because the dimensions are unbelievable and the grandeur is breathtaking. Ever since then I've been drawn back there and my protagonist Samy has chosen the Lang Walk as her daily jogging route - not that I would even think of running the almost ten kilometers day in and day out (regardless of the weather). But I love the view and the tranquility with which you can walk there.

From King Charles to Queen Anne and to this day...

In the old days, the facility was certainly less impressive and started its career as a simple bridle path. But a few decades later (in 1710) Queen Anne redesign and expand everything. She was responsible for making it a real path, almost a road, on which carriages could drive from then on. She wanted a comfortable itinerary. At that time, 1,652 elms were planted along the entire length - in two rows as a glamorous double avenue. From this you can see that even then people were striving to outdo others. Avenues were not uncommon, but there was something majestic about double avenues, and for a queen it couldn't be less...

Over time the original elms have been replaced by chestnuts and plane trees - I'm not exactly sure why. Maybe these trees are sturdier, but maybe they're just more impressive.

And since the desire to impress and immortalize never ends, subsequent kings have had the Long Walk complex expanded. At the end of the boulevard, on Snow Hill, a small elevation, a huge bronze statue awaits - that Copper Horse . The equestrian statue was commissioned by George III in 1829 and is positioned to offer spectacular views of the Castle across the Long Walks, and of the London skyline in clear weather. Historically, the monument has a sinister meaning, as legend has it that it was erected exactly where Henry VIII once awaiting news that Anne Boleyn had been executed.

I personally enjoy the beautiful view and ignore the story - it's better for my salvation ;)

Copper Horse Windsor

The carriage still goes to Ascot

Today the Long Walk can be described as a single lane road, which even cuts off halfway up the A308, the Windsor to Egham country road. However, that does not detract from the splendor, because the The grandeur of the sprawling grounds means you only briefly notice the street when you cross it and then forget it again.

The Long Walk is still used by the Queen and her family when they traditionally travel together in carriages to the Horse races to Ascot ride. Otherwise, the few vehicles encountered are those of the rangers tending to the Great Park. However, there are occasions when tranquility gives way to spectacle, such as the 21 gun salutes fired right there every year to mark Queen Elizabeth II's birthday.

But mostly the Long Walk is (only) an extremely popular promenade, which is used by tourists and locals as a walking path or jogging route. Bicycles and skaters are forbidden, instead you will find many families with prams and dogs frolicking across the spacious meadows under the trees. In autumn and winter, when trees and shrubs have lost their foliage, you can take a look Frogmore Cottage and other buildings in the private part of the park and imagine Prince Charles and Camilla sitting by the fireplace reading a book.

The extensive parkland was dedicated to the Duke of Edinburgh, the late Prince Philip, husband of the Queen, especially dear to my heart. For many decades he has been very active in ensuring that the deer and deer living in the forests and meadows near Snow Hill have everything they need. The herd includes about 500 animals and keeps crossing the path in both directions - a wonderful spectacle that I was able to experience myself.

When Harry & Meghan were still royal children

However, the reason that made the Long Walk known far beyond the borders of Windsor was of a completely different nature. Personally, I would never go anywhere as an onlooker, but many English people love their royals and are always willing to stick around to catch a glimpse of members of the royal family. So it was not surprising that in 2019, 100,000 fans and television crews gathered on the avenue to take a look at Prince Harry and his wife, who are after the royal wedding took a little carriage ride down the Long Walk.

However, the dimensions were gigantic, even by English standards, never before had such a large crowd gathered at Long Walk, and days later, gigantic structures of the television stations that broadcast pictures of the big event around the world could be seen. The Long Walk has been “famous” ever since photos and reports of it appeared in all glossy magazines, and more and more often I meet people who know it.

In the meantime, thank God, there is nothing left of the vermilion and you can go for a walk undisturbed again and imagine the Queen standing at the window of her living room and looking down on her subjects looks;)

Trailside diversions along the Long Walk

For me, the Long Walk is always worth a trip - no matter the time of year or day, and I can only recommend that you take a look for yourself.

Anyone who is lazy on their feet, like my protagonist Cornelius, has the opportunity to just look at the whole imposing area and stop off at one of the two nearby pubs.

The small and fine park road leads along the castle walls to the rear entrance of Windsor Castle and the Long Walk that begins there. It's right at the end of the street, right in front of the gate that closes at dusk Two Brewers, one of the most rustic and beautiful pubs I know. There you can enjoy a sundowner, or eat well while watching the endless stream of tourists and runners making their way down the Long Walk.

However, if you make it at least a small part of the way, you can go a few hundred meters away in the The Windsor Castle Stop in and watch dogs chasing each other under the trees and travelers have their picture taken with either the castle or the Copper Horse behind them. Both are great places to eat that ooze quintessential English charm and are a nice way to end after walking the entire Long Walk to the Copper Horse and back.

In my current book, Yoga Can Kill, there is a passage where Samy and Cornelius take a long walk there and talk about the buildings that can be found along the way on the Queen's Land. You'll learn a lot more there, and soon I'll give you more insider tips in another article about Windsor - so here we go Windsor!

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