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Eton Dorney Lake construction work for the London 2012 Olympics is expected to be completed on time and on budget. The venue of the Olympic and Paralympic rowing and flat-water canoeing events near Windsor in Berkshire/Buckinghamshire is expected to attract 30,000 visitors a day.
Sailing will take place at The Weymouth & Portland Sailing Academy in Dorset, which was the first 2012 Olympic venue to be completed back in November 2008.
Eton College own Dorney Lake and have published a timetable of their Olympic events.
Completion of the mile long rowing lake was originally completed in 2000 but necessary adjustments have been such as the addition of bridges linking both sides of the venue and alterations to the lake, to make it suitable for Olympic competitions.
The new 282-tonne bridge, linking two sides of the venue, 50m (164ft) structure will remain after the games and will be used by up to 6,000 people.
The Olympic Delivery Authority has designated Maidenhead, Slough, and Windsor and Eton Riverside railway stations as key arrival and departure points to and from the venue.
Athletes will be housed in the residential buildings at the Royal Holloway College, which is 16km from the competition venue. Athletes will also be provided with a bed at the main Olympic Village in Stratford. Hotels in the area are in high demand and if you plan to visit the area, you would be well advised to book soon.
Dorney Lake is a popular venue with walkers and cyclists during the summer. Its long straight paths are perfect for bikes and rollerskates. Families can often be seen here at the weekend and school holidays. A lovely little pond, not too far from the car park, has a wealth of pond life and toads and their spawn can be spotted in the spring.
The Charity of Eton College Rowing Club runs a Junior Rowing Club for under 18s. The annual cost of memberships is £140, then each session is £6. This is a great way for youngsters to get some world class training from Terry Hunter, an Amateur Rowing Association (ARA) Gold Level Coach who is assisted by parents who are also qualified coaches.
Saturday 16th June
Site closes Olympic Preparation
Saturday 28th July
Olympic Rowing Competition Starts
Saturday 4th August
Olympic Rowing Competition Ends
Monday 6th August
Olympic Canoe Sprint Competition Starts
Saturday 11th August
Olympic Canoe Sprint Competition Ends
Friday 31st August
Paralympic Rowing Competition Starts
Sunday 2nd September
Paralympic Rowing Competition Ends
Tuesday 11th September
A visit to Dorney Lake can be combined with one or more of Berkshire’s other local attractions. Windsor Castle is steeped in royal history and an absolute must for anyone visiting the area. Legoland Windsor is just a stones throw from Dorney and will give your children hours of fun as you while away the time between Olympic events. Online tickets can save you money and queuing time. Plus, Legoland now has its own hotel!
Hotels around all the Olympic events are booking up fast. It is very hard to find anywhere with vacancies during July and August. However, for a short stay local Bed and Breakfast is a good option for flexible friendly local accomodation. A beautiful English Country Cottage would make a perfect base for your quintessential vacation.
Another cost effective option would be to book into one of the local Theme Park hotels. Chessington Holidays, Legoland Hotel and Thorpe Park Breaks all have very reasonable offers at the moment and there is the added bonus of being right on the doorstep of one of the best theme parks in the country!