You can’t really visit Windsor Castle without looking in at Great Windsor Park and Saville Garden. In the summer, I imagine Saville Garden is simply stunning, but we’re visiting in the winter so we’ll take what we can get. As a bonus, the entry fee is waived in December, so we really had no reason not to take a wander inside.
Even though Saville Garden is certainly not as alive as it might be come spring and summer, there’s a magic to it just the same. This is nature that I’m not used to. Australia is a stunning place, but the landscaped English garden never really took off there. So, to me, the entire Saville Garden is just wonderful, even if it is frosty and with many plants hibernating for the winter.
We walk around the entire garden, through the big hedges, around the empty garden beds, and through the tropical greenhouse, which is much more familiar to me. The ponds are slightly frozen, and so are we, so we keep ourselves moving to stay warm. Winter walks have perks and cons, but it’s a nice change!
As well as Saville Garden, we also take a walk down to the Cow Pond. The same day we check out Saville Garden, we also take on The Long Walk to Windsor Castle. It’s a big day, and deserves a post of its own. Still, I’m happy that we got a chance to see more of the grounds of the Great Windsor Park outside of the gardens. I particularly like the Cow Pond, even though the name makes me laugh. There’s a cute little bridge on one side, and melting ice on the surface.
At the end of the day, we come home footsore and exhausted. It’s been a big one, but Saville Garden, and later Windsor Castle and The Long Walk, has impressed us. Clear sunny days, open roads ahead, and lots of places to explore. Seems like a pretty perfect day to me!