Windsor Great Park has two large areas of ornamental gardens, Savill Gardens, where you have to pay, and Valley Gardens, including the Heather Garden, which is free of charge. Both start flourishing in early spring with a good indicator that it is time to plan a visit coming when the Masters Golf is on TV with their Rhododendrons and Azaleas in full bloom. Wait a couple of weeks and the display in Valley Gardens will match their display.
This year the Park authorities posted on Instagram pictures of masses of daffodils in the valleys and amongst the trees so we headed off to have a look. We parked at the Savill Gardens building and walked across (about a mile) on a nice, slightly cool, day. The pictures if anything underestimated the display. We passed through the Heather Garden, itself very much worth a visit, to the top of a small valley leading down to the Virginia Water lake. Masses and masses of yellow flowers spread over the whole area. Then looking around glimpses of pink, white and purple as Magnolias, Rhododendrons and Azaleas made an early start, given our warm(ish) weather. We walked in a loop up and down the various valleys that make up the Gardens (there are some pretty inaccessible areas but also some paths from the nearby car park that are easier).
We will be back in a couple of weeks for the next batch of flowers,probably parking by the Savill Gardens building with its good loos, restaurants and shops but maybe using one of the alternative car parks scattered over this park of Windsor Great Park.