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.
: 10-37 hrs Didcot Parkway service. Ealing Broadway 10-45 hrs
: 11-24 hrs
: 11-38 hrs Marlow service
: 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