Runnymede Magna Carta & Air Forces Memorial

Surrey

A beautiful and surprisingly peaceful route around Runnymede, outer London taking in parts of the river Thames and finishing at the Air Forces Memorial. Runnymede of course is famous as the site where the Magna Carta was sealed by King John over 800 years ago. Today however the area also holds many sculptures and memorials from JFK and the "Writ in Water" to the Allied Air Forces memorial at the top of the hill offering wonderful views across South London.

Summary

Distance/Elevation
7.7km (90m)
Difficulty
Easy (2hrs 15 mins)
Average time
2hrs 15 mins
Parking
Plentiful & Free
Submitted
7 October 2022
  • Dog friendly
  • Parking
  • Cafe
  • Pub
  • River walk
  • Forest/woodland
  • Family friendly
  • Toilet
  • Potential livestock
  • Castle/palace
  • Park
  • National Trust
  • Art/sculptures
  • Wildflowers/gardens
  • Wildlife spotting
  • Historic site
  • Great for running
 
  • Starting AddressCoopers Hill Car Park, Cooper's Hill Lane, Englefield Green, Egham, UK

Did you know

In 1215, England stood on the brink of Civil War. A group of barons demanded King John agreed to a document as protection against the King's arbitrary behaviour. King John met these Barons in Runnymede and agreed to their demands by sealing a document known as Magna Carta, which is Latin for Great Charter.

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The Air Forces Memorial at Runnymede commemorates by name over 20,000 men and women of the air forces, who were lost in the Second World War during operations from bases in the United Kingdom and North and Western Europe, and who have no known graves.

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Following the assassination of JFK in 1963, the British government commemorated his life with a monument. The sculpture itself is a series of granite steps with inscriptions but more interesting is the land it is built upon. The acre was gifted to the United States federal government so that the memorial would stand on American soil.

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Route Score

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The fuel stop

  • Fuel Type Cafe
  • Location on Route Approx 2km in
  • Address Magna Carta Tea Room, Windsor Road, Englefield Green, Egham, UK

Route Locations on Instagram

The Runnymede Air Forces Memorial, which records the names of twenty thousand men and women from Britain and Commonwealth air forces who died in the Second World War, but have no known graves. #Runnymede #airforcesmemorial #runnymedeairforcesmemorial #wargraves #secondworldwar #secondworldwarmemorial
Same spot, a few months later. At sunset.

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Air Forces Memorial - Edward Maufe {4/6} - Canon G11
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Air Forces Memorial - Edward Maufe {6/6} - Canon G11
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