The Outdoor Trust has been asked by Eton Community Association to help give the town of Eton in Berkshire, England. The new Walkway will connect 18 significant points of interest over a 2 mile walk and take approximately one hour to complete.
The Walkway will be marked with bronze roundels, containing the famous Eton town crest made up of three lilies, a lion and a fleur-de-lys, granted by Henry VI in 1449.
Along the route as well as the more obvious attractions, such as Eton Bridge, the boat sheds and Brocas, Eton Porny School, St John The Baptist Church, the Museum of Antiquities and Eton College, the Walkway will also note some of the more subtle stories from history including the Olympic marathon measuring point and the stocks, which are still outside Eton’s oldest building.
Eton Walkway was the inspiration of Eton Community Association and is supported by Eton Town Council, Eton College and the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead who are all keen to provide a focus for the local community, bringing together residents, traders, and the town’s key institutions to celebrate the best of the town.
Malcolm Alexander, RBWM Councilor for Eton and Castle said “The Walkway will enhance civic pride in this historic town by further developing the local appreciation of Eton’s rich heritage”.
Lord William Waldegrave, Provost of Eton College said “The Walkway will provide an educational opportunity for all. I am delighted that our staff and students have already stepped up to support the historical research for the points of interest and that our geography department is involving boys in assessing the impact of the new Walkway on increasing footfall along the high street to enhance the sustainability of the town”.
Derek Bishop, Eton Mayor, said “It is important not just to celebrate the history of Eton and its former residents but also to open the eyes of visitors to the many attractions and characters that help make Eton such a wonderful place today”.
The markers will start to be installed during the summer and The Lord Provost will officially launch the first one in September, outside the College Chapel, in the company of The Mayor and local residents.
Ros Rivaz, Chair of the Eton Community Association said “I am very pleased that the Walkway is going to start appearing on our streets in the next few weeks. By the spring, we hope to also have a panel at Eton Bridge promoting the Walkway and information on each point around the town on a free guide that can be picked up at local stores or downloaded in advance of a visit”.
More information on the route can be found here.