Thames River – Windsor Castle & Runnymede

On our 2nd and final day in Henley, we decided to take the 20 mile drive to Windsor, visiting Runnymede for the location of the Magna Carta signing and the Air Forces Memorial. In addition, no visit to Windsor is complete without seeing Windsor Castle, another of Her Majesty’s Royal Palaces.

After a leisurely breakfast at the Barge Inn, I headed to the station for the car, then picked up Judi in front of the Inn. Departing about 09:30, we hoped to avoid the worst of Greater London’s gridlock traffic.

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Salisbury, Cathedral and Magna Carta

Driving through Salisbury, while heading to our first stop of the day at Boscombe Down, we noted the Petersfinger Park & Ride, right off the A36.

After a couple of hours at Boscombe Down Aviation Collection, we returned to Salisbury, arriving at the Petersfinger Park & Ride about 13:00. Parking is free and the return fare is UKP 4.00, for groups of up to 4 persons. Buses depart about every 15 minutes, with the last bus from town about 18:40, so that gave us about 5 hours to explore.

The bus dropped us off on Milford Street, which is right downtown and a short 5 to 10 minute walk from the cathedral. This post will cover our walk to the Cathedral, tour of the Cathedral and finally the Magna Carta, of which Salisbury has one of the four remaining original copies.

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