The Queen's Walkway
The Outdoor Trust is a charity registered in the UK which is creating Walkways in all Commonwealth nations and territories to inspire Commonwealth identity, build cooperation and promote prosperity, democracy and peace.
The Trust created The Queen’s Walkway in 2016 to mark the date (9 September 2015) on which Her Majesty The Queen out-reigned Queen Victoria. This is a 6.37km route denoting the 63 years and seven months that Queen Victoria reigned over the United Kingdom. At present there are 63 markers, which connect visitors and residents with some of the most significant attractions, landscapes, monuments and views in the town.
The Queen unveiled an interpretation panel, close to The Henry VIII Castle Gate and opposite Queen Victoria’s statue, on her 90th birthday, 21 April 2016, in the presence of a vast crowd of well-wishers, with trumpeters of the Household Cavalry and with full media coverage on television.
A further Walkway has since been mapped and marked in Eton, connecting an additional 18 points of significance the other side of the Thames. A second panel, on the Eton side of Windsor Bridge, is visited by more than 6,000 people per day.
The Outdoor Trust wishes to maintain and enhance these Walkways, as valued heritage assets. Additional markers are required, for example, to acknowledge The Queen’s reign – now 66 years, so three new markers should be laid.
The Walkways in Windsor and Eton are the inspiration for the developing network of Commonwealth Walkways planned for the main cities of every Commonwealth nation and territory.
The Trust’s digital hub is in Windsor, and promotes Windsor globally to the Commonwealth’s 2.4 billion citizens.
One of the 63 handmade gunmetal markers, set permanently in the footway to identify the 6.3km route of The Queen's Walkway and connecting Windsor's most significant places, for the towns 6.2 million annual visitors to enjoy.
Her Majesty The Queen unveiling The Queen's Walkway
on the occasion of Her 90th birthday
with Windsor Benefit Trustee Hugo Vickers DL.
Admiral Sir James Perowne, Governor and Constable of Windsor Castle launching The Queen's Walkway
at the Henry VIII Gateway of Windsor Castle
with Windsor Benefit Trustee Hugo Vickers, DL