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New Windsor 6.32km walkway to celebrate The Queen's reign

New Windsor 6.32km walkway to celebrate The Queen's reign

Justin Burns

New Windsor 6.32km walkway to celebrate The Queen's reign

A long walk could be created through Windsor and Eton to celebrate when the Queen becomes the world's longest reigning monarch.

The walk could be 6.32m long, linking together more than 60 places of interests. The cultural and heritage highlights will include parks, features and views.



The 60km Jubilee Greenway Walk opened in London last year. Windsor could have a similar walkway which would start at Windsor Castle

Plans have been revealed by the The Outdoor Trust who met with The Duke of Gloucester at Windsor Castle last month.

Proposals will be put forward to Royal Borough councillors on Tuesday.

Hugo Vicars says The Queen likes the new walkway idea for Windsor

Trust chairman Hugo Vickers said Her Majesty has been informed through her office about the project and 'liked the idea'.

It is hoped the walk will be ready for September 2015 when the Queen would become the world's longest serving monarch at 63 years and 210 days - surpassing Queen Victoria.

The Lay Steward of St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle added: "The idea is if you had an hour or so you could pick up the route and follow the discs. Outside each point of interest there will be viewing panels explaining about each one."

The writer of several biographies of distinguished royals said the trust would work with Windsor residents and tourists to draw up a route, which would probably start outside the castle.

"It would be a gift to Windsor and lasting tribute to the Queen."

An exact costing has yet to be finalised. The Outdoor Trust opened the £1.5m 60km Jubilee Greenway Walk last year and Jubilee Walkway in 1977, both in London.

The Windsor Walkway would be the first outside the capital and it plans on opening more in capital cities across The Commonwealth with the Queen's blessing.

Cllr Colin Rayner (Con, Horton and Wraysbury) who will introduce the project at Tuesday's council meeting, said it is a 'great idea' and he hopes councillors back it.

"It is great way to celebrate the Queen's reign," he added.

 

The Queen unveils a plaque to open the Jubilee Walkway in 1977 in London

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