The Old Fogies go to Windsor

© 2019 Old Fogies Travels – Photograph by Alan Kean

It was that time of year again, when we take our granddaughters away for a few days and we decided to take them to Windsor . We last visited Windsor a couple of years ago when we stayed in the middle of Windsor and went to Legoland Windsor. This time we were staying a few miles outside of Windsor near to Runnymede and staying at a hotel with its own large grounds. To keep the children entertained we thought that on one day we would take them to the nearby Thorpe Park entertainment resort.

© 2019 Old Fogies Travels – Photograph by Alan Kean

One of the delights of staying in Windsor is that it is in easy travelling time from London and we arrived at the hotel in good time. However our good feelings did not last long when we found out that the two rooms we were expecting was one family room. After trying to resolve the issue, we were told that the problem was the third party we booked through who sent the wrong information. When things like this happen, I always make a mental note to try to book direct.

© 2019 Old Fogies Travels – Photograph by Alan Kean

After the initial disappointment, we thought we would get some fresh air and explore the nearby Runnymede. Runnymede is famous in British history for its association with the signing of Magna Carta. As we walked along the very attractive Thames towpath, we arrived at the Runnymede meadow with two National Trust buildings marking the start of the large Runnymede area.

© 2019 Old Fogies Travels – Photograph by Alan Kean
It was on the water-meadow at Runnymede, in 1215 when King John sealed Magna Carta which changed British common and constitutional law forever. The modern Runnymede is an attractive and popular spot to walk or cycle with a number of memorials.
© 2019 Old Fogies Travels – Photograph by Alan Kean
One of reasons we booked this particular hotel was the large grounds that allowed the children to run around and use up their excess energy. The hotel also had the benefit of a large swimming pool which was ideal after a day’s sightseeing.
© 2019 Old Fogies Travels – Photograph by Alan Kean
Although we had enjoyed Legoland Windsor, we thought Thorpe Park would be more suited to our elder granddaughter who is 12.  Arriving at Thorpe Park, we were faced with large crowds trying to get in and we began to think this would not be ideal.
© 2019 Old Fogies Travels – Photograph by Alan Kean
When we got inside, the queues for the large rides were already long so we just went on the rides that had smaller queues. The resort itself is not too large and each area was quite crowded. What was noticeable was that there is a lot more teenagers and a lot less family groups. Part of the reason why teenagers descend on Thorpe Park is the very large rides like Colossus and Nemesis.
© 2019 Old Fogies Travels – Photograph by Alan Kean
The hot weather and large crowds began to try our patience and it was with some relief when we left the resort and  made our way back to the hotel.
© 2019 Old Fogies Travels – Photograph by Alan Kean
Over the next few days, we explored the surrounding area around Windsor and visited the town itself which had lots of visitors hanging around the castle. We made our way around the castle to the Long Walk.
© 2019 Old Fogies Travels – Photograph by Alan Kean
The Long Walk is a path and carriage road that runs for nearly three miles from George IV Gateway at Windsor Castle to The Copper Horse. The Long Walk was created by Charles II from 1680-1685 by planting a double avenue of elm trees. The central carriage road was added by Queen Anne in 1710. The original planting comprised 1,652 trees placed 30 feet apart in each direction. The Long Walk has wonderful views of the castle and the surrounding countryside and many visitors will walk part or the whole route.
© 2019 Old Fogies Travels – Photograph by Alan Kean
At the end of trip, we decided that it had been only a partial success, the mix up at the hotel and our rather disappointing visit to Thorpe Park contrasted with the nice grounds and swimming pool, the pleasant walks and sightseeing of the local area. However, one of the joys of going on holiday with your grandchildren is to talk with them and understand where they are in their own lives. The eldest is becoming a young woman and the youngest is full of confidence and they are both entertaining in their own ways. Their boundless energy of youth was a reminder that we are getting old and after all the enjoyment we would need at least a week to recover.

Old Fogies Travels are the adventures of two elderly Londoners (The Old Fogies) as they explore their home town and travel around the world looking out for the strange, unusual and absurd.

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