Castle View Windsor property owners couldn’t wait to get out and about after restrictions lifted – and went for a ride on the Thames – in a Duck.

The river is a key part of life in Windsor, but other than taking to a rowing boat or a tourist river cruise, it’s difficult to access.

So, managers at the new retirement village at Castle View decided to go one better and booked a river trip for residents, right from their own front door.

The ‘Duck’ is a converted six-wheel-drive amphibious vehicle used by the US military during World War 2 as a landing craft.

Made by General Motors, the name is derived from DUKW, which in the manufacturer’s terminology stood for ‘D’ Designed in 1942, ‘U’ Utility, ‘K’ All-wheel drive, and ‘W’ dual rear axles.

It sounds ‘quackers’ but Resident Jill Holmes loved it. “Variety is the spice of life – it’s fun here and never a dull moment.

“The managers are always organising different and interesting events, and this one saw 20 of us taking to the water.

“We had a lovely trip, and were picked-up and returned home in the Duck!”

CEO of Castle View, Robin Hughes said he was delighted that the Duck trip proved such a great success.

The idea for it came from a question raised at a recent residents’ meeting about flood risk measures.  “Naturally flood risk was fully verified with the Environment Agency at the time of construction, but this prompted us to take to the water for a fun trip out.”

Castle View Windsor is a new generation retirement village where the emphasis is on living rather than retirement.

Independently designed, built, owned, and operated, this premium village offers 64 contemporary one, two and three-bedroom apartments, prices from £375,000.



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