campus walks

New Year, new you? Four walks around the Royal Holloway campus to increase your daily step count

There’s no time like the present to get some fresh air and enjoy a walk in our beautiful campus set in 135 acres of stunning parkland. Why not kick start that New Year resolution and experience some of the varying flora and fauna on the Royal Holloway campus while you are a visitor here?

The Meadow walk (1.25km)

There are plenty of interesting trees to be seen on this walk which goes through the woodland and around the pond. On the way towards the pond, a tulip tree, a young Wollemi pine, Japanese Maples and a number of different ferns are a few of the species to be seen along the path. The pond is a great spot for relaxing and watching wildlife. Mallards, moorhens and many other bird species can often be seen in this area. Following on from the pond is the wildflower meadow, which is at its best in early summer when it’s full of butterflies and varying species of pollinating insects.

The Tree Walk (1km)

This walk takes in the Yew, Box tree and Beech trees. Not to be missed, are the standing dead wood and log piles which have been left throughout the woodland to provide habitats for many insects and bird life.

The Bee Walk (1.6km)

This route takes in both the iconic Founder’s Building and the Boilerhouse, a stunning heritage building which has recently been refurbished. Why not stop for a coffee at the recently opened Boilerhouse Café and make the most of the large courtyard for a rest in the sun? The end of the walk is through parts of the hidden woodland where much of the campus wildlife can be seen, including the bee hives.

The Campus Circle walk 2.2km

The longest of the routes, which involves exploring areas of the campus which are not marked out on the main paths. Stop off for a coffee in our Coffee & Cake café before walking up through the main woodland. Vertical buried logs can be seen to the side of the path, which are intended as a habitat for stag beetles and should not be disturbed. The stag beetle larvae feed off rotting wood before emerging in their adult form 6/7 years later.

For further information and to download a map for any of these walks, please visit the Royal Holloway campus walks webpage.