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“Excellent venue! ”
Review of Dorney Lake

Dorney Lake
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Dorney
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really enjoyed the visit! The parking is well organized. Wonderful place to have a outing with family and watching rowing. Best to organize picnic than buy food from the cafe.

Thank Bella L
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Reviewed April 2, 2018

Dorney Common is a lovely piece of olde-ye common grazing land bang in the middle of built-up south London conurbations. As you leave Dorney village, at the cross-roads to the Common, Windsor Castle looms large on the horizon and makes a wonderful picture.

From the car at the end of the common-road lane, after you've crossed the Common with its beef cattle grazing, you join the Thames foot-path, to walk round the Lake. Take boots if it's been raining as the path gets very muddy.

Well worth a walk...

1  Thank machinmad
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Reviewed January 28, 2018 via mobile

I often cycle through the Dorney Lake complex on my to and from Windsor. An amazing triathlon and rowing venue used at the 2012 Olympics and still has its iconic Olympic hoops. With a 2km rowing lake operated and owned by Eton College the venue also has 5km running and cycling track + loads of other paths and roads. Perfect for cycling (no training allowed) , + skating, running and walking the venue inspires you to exercise. Parking is £2 (credit card only), or you can cycle or walk to the complex via the Jubilee Canal or via the Thames path. An amazing venue (can get busy when triathlons are being run there, so check the calendar)

Thank GReyMaiden
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Reviewed December 25, 2017

Took a Christmas Day walk to blow the cobwebs away and to reconnoiter with a view to bringing the bikes for an off road cycle at another time.

Despite what others have written the car park charge; a very reasonable £2.50, is easy to pay by credit / debit card at a machine enter reg number card details confirm and out pops a ticket.

The paths are tarmaced so great for users with push chairs, wheel chairs and those with mobility issues. The views across the lake are lovely and the whole site is well maintained and cared for.

It would be nice if there was a toilet at the car park end but I suspect that public access could have been a planning condition when the rowing lake was created at what after all is a private sports facility. As long as the various user interest groups can co-exist, the rowers, sports event organisers, dog walkers, joggers, cyclists and families looking for a day out the facility should have a great future for all.

Would advise checking the Dorney Lake Website for events taking place before visiting especially if travelling a distance.

Thank ian19542016
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Reviewed October 18, 2017

This is a lovely lake to run round and the dog can enjoy it too. HOWEVER and this is a big 'however' the car park payment arrangements seem to be set up for maximum inconvenience and would seem designed to put as many people as possible off using the grounds. Starting October 2017 you now have to visit a website or text a number and be called back. It is expensive (£2.70) if you just want to run around the lake once. This was one of our Olympic venues and there was a lot of talk about legacy from the Olympics. Whoever administers Dorney Lake seems to have benefitted from everything the Olympics brought to the site and then are trying to pull up the drawbridge. You get the impression they would prefer you do not visit. Having said all that it is a lovely place to get some exercise and I think as many people as possible should go and every single visitor should write to Dorney to complain about the car parking system. Let's make their lives as inconvenient as they are trying to make ours - maybe that will get some change!! Come on Dorney - just put in pay and display that we can feed money into and make it £1 an hour!

4  Thank FMSSlough
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