There is nothing better than a walk after gorging on turkey.
Fortunately, for those of us who live in Berkshire, the county is full of incredible walks and parks with magnificent views.
As temperatures drop, now is the perfect time to take a winter walk in the frost to listen to the birds and burn off those Christmas calories.
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We’ve rounded up some of Berkshire’s best walks including Harris Garden, tucked inside the University of Reading, and Windsor Great Park, with a rich history and many deer.
There is also the Swinley Forest in Bracknell which also has a rich history, with an Iron Age fort on one of its hills.
Whether you want to see deer or go to a secret garden, these places are all perfect for a winter walk.
Harris Garden – Reading
This green space is located in Earley and has received a high proportion of five star ratings.
It was established in 1972 and is located inside the campus of the University of Reading,
In Victorian times, the garden housed a now demolished Victorian house that had been built on the remains of a famous landscaped garden.
You can access the garden through one of the university entrances and the building is just behind the chemistry building after the student union.
The garden includes 12 acres of meadows with various trees, shrubs, and flowers, including cherry blossoms that create beautiful scenes when they bloom in March.
Swinley Forest – Bracknell
Swinley Forest is part of the Crown Estate and is a very old growth forest filled with conifers.
The forest covers 2,600 acres of land, stretching from Bracknell to Crowthorne.
It’s filled with woods and rolling hills, making it the perfect place for a Boxing Day family walk.
Caesar’s Camp, an Iron Age hill fort, is also part of the forest.
Years ago, this fort would have been made of wooden posts spaced 1m apart, supporting rafters for a roof, where people would have lived.
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The fort covers an area of 17.2 acres and was built using hand-made tools.
Another interesting thing about Swinley Forest is that it is often used in movies as a location.
Films shot there include Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and James Bond: No Time to Die.
If you decide to take a walk through Swinley Forest there are various places to park as well as a number of facilities you can use including a Discovery Center and restrooms, although these may not be open on Boxing Day itself.
Windsor Great Park (illuminated)
Windsor Great Park is part of the Crown Estate and has a very rich history.
William the Conqueror used the hunting grounds and Queen Victoria entertained there on the shores of Virginia Water.
Sitting on approximately 4,800 acres, there is a lot to see and explore when you visit Windsor Great Park.
Right now there is an event called Windsor Great Park Illuminated which is a light trail open to the public.
The event will be open until Sunday January 9, which means you can reserve a time slot until that time.
The website states that “this very special trail of light will take you on a magical journey as the woods and water of Great Windsor Park come to life with dazzling lights, dancing stars and breathtaking projections.”
The slots for Boxing Day fill up quickly, but if you miss out, the park is still a wonderful place to explore.
The park is free to access all year round from dawn to dusk.
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