Virginia Water Lakes

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Virginia Water Lakes Reviews

rostovcat rostovcat
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The Queen's "back garden" Feb 06, 2012
If you have a lot of spare time and nothing better to do than to have a long walk, this site is definitely a place to go. Virginia Water is located in Surrey in Windsor Great Park, that is why sometimes they call it the Queen's "back garden". It is really beautiful park with lake system and several interesting spots.

Even if the weather is not promising at all, you can walk there easily because nice clean and tidy roads will not add any troubles with your shoes. And, by the way, there is a kiosk with sandwiches and hot drinks near the entrance.

Virginia Water is free to enter on foot, but don't forget to pay for the car park if you are travelling by car.

And also you can take your dog with you, but be careful - you will meet a lot of swans, ducks and squirrels.

First thing I noticed was sign "Ruins". And of course first thing I did was following this sign.

So there is no need to go far away if you want to see Roman ruins. To be fair this ruins were brought from Roman site Leptis Magna in Libya to Virginia Water in XIX century. But anyway it is interesting. Also there is a nice strand near the ruins. But I guess the view is especially nice from the water side.

On the other side you will find another sign - "Totem Pole" which also made me curious...

It is a very tall (they say it's 100-foot) Totem Pole, a gift from the government of British Columbia. It is a nice feeling to see ancient Roman ruins and a couple of minutes later - Native American Totem.

Also on your way you will see a pretty waterfall - the Cascade. It is not a real waterfall, though. The Cascade was constructed in XVIII century by Thomas Sandby. It is really lovely even though you will not see anything big or very impressive.

I will be honest and admit that I haven't been further in the park. But they say that you can find even more nice places. Next time I will try to continue this long walk.
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mezi mezi
16 reviews
A nice day out Jul 14, 2012
If you have nothing better to do on a nice sunny day, a trip to Virgina Water Lakes is a great idea!

Take your own picnic, and set up camp somewhere next to the lake.

There are some interesting ruins, but it's a place to visit mainly for those who enjoy a nice walk.

Very pretty during summer when the gardens are in full bloom (around May).

It’s free to enter, although there are car parking charges.

It’s not too far from London, and is close to Heathrow airport, Thorpe park (an amusement park with rides), and Windsor castle.
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snakepit snakepit
7 reviews
Beautiful Scenery Aug 21, 2008
Although you may have to wait for a rare non-rainy day to visit them, the Virginia Water lakes really are beautiful. It is about a 5 mile circuit if you decide to walk all the way around, and if that isn't your thing then you can just as easily set up a picnic or resting spot on one of the banks and enjoy the scenery! There is a lovely waterfall, which you can paddle across when the weather is warm (or cold, depending upon how daring you are), and Saville Gardens are attached to the lakes which are landscaped gardens with stunning flowers and foliage. Much of the land is owned by the Royal Family. I'd definately recommend bringing food and drink on a warm sunny day and just relaxing on the grass. :)

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