Tuesday, September 3, 2013

U.K. Trip Blog #53: Windsor's Long Walk

The tree-lined "Long Walk" -Windsor Castle in background
We spent the last day of our vacation in Windsor, and after seeing the Windsor Castle Royal band, explored the "Long Walk." 
Getting closer to Windsor Castle

Close up to the gate at Windsor Castle
WHAT IS THE LONG WALK? -  According to Thamesweb.co.uk, the Long Walk was commenced by Charles II from 1680-1685 by planting a double avenue of elm trees leading up to Windsor Castle. A central carriage road was added by Queen Anne in 1710. The original planting comprised 1,652 trees placed 30 feet apart in each direction.
    There are no official parking places nearby, and cars and cycles are not permitted to ride along the Long Walk.


  The width between the two inner rows was 150 feet, and overall 210 feet. It is a little less long than the three miles of popular rumor being around 2.65 miles from George IV Gateway at Windsor Castle to The Copper Horse.

The Copper Horse
It was a long walk!
WHAT IS THE COPPER HORSE? -  The Copper Horse is a statue marking the end of the Long Walk at Snow Hill in Windsor Great Park in the English county of Berkshire. It's actually a statue of George III on horseback which was commissioned by his son, George IV. George III is supposed to be depicted as an emperor in the Roman tradition riding without stirrups, along the lines of the Equestrian Statue of Marcus Aurelius.


Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next