To celebrate Eton’s diverse community and rich heritage the town’s key organisations - including the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, Eton College and Eton Town Council - have come together to support Eton Community Association’s project to create an Eton Walkway for the town.
The 2 mile/60 minute walk, connects many of the town’s highlights and hopes to inspire those who live, work in and visit Eton. More of Windsor’s existing 7 million annual visitors will walk over the bridge; these visitors already contribute £276m to the local economy so the more time they spend in Eton the greater the potential benefit to the town and it’s 25 friendly restaurants, shops and hotels along the route. (The Walkway’s new automatic counters and planned surveys will allow the benefits of the Walkway to be monitored accurately).
Permanent bronze markers identify the route of the Walkway and use Eton’s crest, originally given to the town by the King in 1449. The 18 crests - celebrating King’s Stable Street, the Cock Pitt, Porny School, Baldwin’s Bridge and Barnes Pool, Eton College, the Timbralls, Skinners’ Bridge, the Herschel Observatory, the Gormley statue, the Burning Bush, Keate’s House, the Natural History Museum, the Museum of Antiquities, St John’s Church and the war memorial, Jubilee Square, the Brocas and Eton Boatsheds - will also represent story points, which will be shared through mobiles and interpreted with a free leaflet for visitors to enjoy. The Eton Walkway is already proving to be a popular education resource.
A panel is planned at the bridge, the start of the route, to promote the Walkway and, if funds allow, perhaps one day an Information Centre in Eton will also help visitors make even more of their visits.
Thanks to the amazing generosity of the local community it is hoped that the Walkway will be launched in the spring of 2017.