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Cookham to Maidenhead walk

A figure of 9 - Up over Winter Hill, overlooking the Thames Valley, then along the Thames Path.


This is a list of previous times this walk has been done by the club (since Jan 2010). For more recent events (since April 2015), full details are shown.

Updated: Mon, 08-Apr-19

Date # Post
Mon, 01-Jan-18 12

New Year's Day Walk, West: Cookham Circular

Book 1, Walk 24 - Cookham Circular

Cookham Dean, Winter Hill, return to Cookham via the Thames, option to continue in the dark to Maidenhead on the Thames path

Length - Cookham Circular: 11.3 km (7 miles) Cookham to Maidenheasd: 17 km (10.6 miles)
Toughness (both): 3 out of 10 (more if muddy)

A short walk with a late start and a late lunch - to see in the New Year in a relaxing way.

London Paddington: 10-37 hrs Didcot Parkway service. Ealing Broadway 10-45 hrs
Arrive Maidenhead: 11-24 hrs
Leave Maidenhead: 11-38 hrs Marlow service
Arrive Cookham: 11-45 hrs

Return: Cookham to Paddington: 21 mins past the hour
Maidenhead to Paddington: 15 and 47 mins past the hour

Setting out from Cookham railway station we head through residential streets then over fields to Cookham Dean. Onwards then to Bisham Woods where we head uphill through the woods, then along a ridge path to Winter Hill, to enjoy a fine view of the Thames Valley below. During the morning, as is customary on our NY Day walks, we will stop to toast in the New Year with some bubbles: if I bring the shampoo perhaps one of you could bring along some savoury nibbles to enjoy with our liquid refreshment.
We then have a lengthy descent to Cock Marsh for a walk alongside the Thames all the way back to the centre of Cookham, for a late, unhurried lunch at the Kings Arms. I have made a booking for a number of our usual NY Day regulars.
Lunch over, it will be dark, so those happy with just the morning's exertions should head through the town for the railway station for a return journey to London. If you don't hurry lunch your likely train will be the 17-21 hrs service.
The adventurous can embark on a 3.6 mile moonlight walk to Maidenhead. Once on the Thames path your way should be perfectly safe and straightforward in the dark. A torch might be handy for the short woodland section before you reach this path.

Our New Year's Days Walks, North or West are usually enjoyable occasions.
The Walk Directions are here: L=1.24

Never mind fireworks over the London Eye, the best way to see in the New Year is always on Marcus’ New Year’s Day Walk, and so it proved once again this year. After the excitement of an electric train ride out of Paddington (“GWR Electrostar” goodbye to noisy three car diesels!) we set off in cloud and occasional slight rain, but the skies brightened around lunchtime as we had our champagne on Winter Hill and thereafter we had at least some sun. Our festivities were fuelled, as per usual, by two bottles of bubbly manfully carried our walk poster, who thus earns triple brownie points with gold bars, and we also shared some nice nibbles and a fine view. There was then the pleasant walk down to and along the river to Cookham, only slightly marred by some slippery mud on the riverbank.

The idea of having a late lunch to give us time for the champers was a good one. Luckily the booking at the King’s Arms had been made for 12, the exact number on the walk. Very tasty food including an all vegan nut roast and friendly and attentive service made for a convivial end to the day.

Most then took the train home but four of us set to walk in the moonlight to Cookham. It was a big bright full moon but unfortunately was still low enough in the sky to be hidden by the wooded ridge on the far side of the river. Having failed to persuade my companions to dawdle and wait for it to rise higher, I hung back and was rewarded by it peeping over the ridge about 20 minutes later. Another walker then joined me and we had more nice moonlight before sadly surrendering to the glaring lights of civilisation.
Sun, 01-Oct-17

Stanley Spencer and The Wind in the Willows

Cookham to Maidenhead
Length: 17km (10.6 miles) Toughness: 3/10

09:32 Maidenhead train from Paddington, changing at Maidenhead (arr 09:56, dep 10:25) arriving at Cookham at 10:32.
Or take the 09:24 from Ealing Broadway to Maidenhead to connect with the same onward train.

Return trains from Maidenhead are at xx:09 and xx:36 (journey time 44 minutes).

This fairly easy walk loops around the hills above Cookham before following the Thames back to the town for lunch. Although at least two-thirds of the walk is covered in the morning, starting out from Cookham at 10:30 should get you to the lunch pub at a reasonable hour. A short afternoon route along a pretty stretch of the Thames Path then takes you into Maidenhead. You’ll probably have time after lunch to explore Cookham, and perhaps visit the Stanley Spencer Gallery, before recommencing the walk.

The recommended lunch pub is The King’s Arms in Cookham’s High Street (01628 530667), but there are several other options. Tea can be taken at Boulter’s Lock, or at any one of numerous options in Maidenhead.

More details and the walk directions can be found on the walk’s information page. On the Comments page, comment #5 sugests a couple of short detours near the end of the walk.
Sat, 09-Apr-16 23

Saturday Walk 1 - Cookham to Maidenhead

Book 1 Walk 24 - Cookham to Maidenhead
10.6 miles/17.0km 3 out of 10

This walk heads up over Winter Hill and back to Cookham for lunch, before continuing along the Thames Path to Maidenhead.

There are various ways to shorten the route, including a finish at Cookham after 7 miles.

(The original version of this walk was a circular back to Cookham, if you have an old copy of Book 1 then please download the latest walk directions)

Trains: Take the 9:50 Oxford train from London Paddington (9:58 Ealing Broadway), changing at Maidenhead (arrives 10:35) for the 10:38 to Cookham, arriving 10:45. Return trains from Maidenhead at xx20 xx50. Buy a day return to Cookham.

Lunch: There is plenty of choice in Cookham. A few options: The Kings Arms (tel 01628 530 667) in the High Street, varied food menu offering good value. The Ferry (tel 01628 525 123), has a patio overlooking the river. Bel and the Dragon (tel 01628 521 263), pub-restaurant in a 15th century building, also on the High Street.

Tea: Maidenhead town has plenty of options, but if you would like to stop somewhere along the River Thames just before the town there are a couple of places: the up-market terrace bar at Boulter’s Lock (tel 01628 621 291) serves cream teas, while further along is Jenners Café (tel 01628 621 721) in the Riverside Gardens.

Click here for full walk details and online directions

20 got off of the train and 3 more joined us at lunch so say 23 on the walk
Weather was cloud and occasoional spots of rain and maybe a few moments of sun
Nice walk which was flat and very little mud and an excellent lunch in the Kings Arms Cookham
Nice day really
Really nice day
Sun, 15-Nov-15

Sunday Walk 1 – the Thames Valley

Book 1 Walk 24 – Cookham to Maidenhead
Length: 17 km (10.6 miles). Toughness: 3/10

09:43 Oxford train from Paddington (Ealing Broadway 09:52), changing at Maidenhead (arr 10:26, dep 10:35) and arriving Cookham at 10:42. Buy a day return to Cookham.

Trains back from from Maidenhead are half-hourly, at 12 & 42 minutes past.

The first part of this walk takes you out through Bisham Woods to a fine viewpoint on Winter Hill, then back along the Thames Path to Cookham village. Those who want a pub lunch will have to decide between The Ferry by the river, the King's Arms and Bel and the Dragon on the High Street and The Crown on Cookham Moor.

Cookham station is only a short walk away if you want an early finish, but that would miss out a fine afternoon section past the wooded cliffs of Cliveden on the other side of the Thames. If you stop at one of the riverside tea places on the way into Maidenhead you could then take the more interesting route to the station; the alternative route goes past more tea places in the town centre.

You'll need to print the directions from the Walk 24 page, or bring the latest edition of Book 1. T=1.24
I plan to go.
Sat, 11-Oct-14 7 Cookham to Maidenhead
Sat, 14-Dec-13 0 Cookham to Maidenhead
Sat, 27-Apr-13 20 Cookham to Maidenhead
Sun, 24-Jun-12 Cookham to Maidenhead
Sat, 28-Apr-12 Cookham to Maidenhead
Sat, 04-Feb-12 Cookham to Maidenhead
Sat, 29-Oct-11 Cookham to Maidenhead
Sun, 26-Jun-11 Cookham to Maidenhead
Sat, 13-Nov-10 Cookham to Maidenhead
Sat, 13-Feb-10 Cookham Circular (short walk)
Sat, 13-Jun-09 Cookham to Maidenhead
Sat, 26-Jul-08 Cookham to Maidenhead
Sun, 23-Mar-08 Cookham Circular (short walk)
Sat, 16-Jun-07 Cookham to Maidenhead
Sun, 21-Jan-07 Cookham Circular (short walk)