Cookham to Maidenhead walk

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

History

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.

Date Post # Weather
Sun, 06-Feb-22 Sunday walk: Cookham to Maidenhead
Wed, 18-Aug-21 Wednesday walk Cookham to Maidenhead - Cookham Dean, Winter Hill, Sir Stanley Spencer Museum, Cliveden - and along the River Thames 20 cloudy with sunny intervals
Mon, 01-Jan-18 New Year's Day Walk, West: Cookham Circular 12 the skies brightened around lunchtime
Sun, 01-Oct-17 Stanley Spencer and The Wind in the Willows
Sat, 09-Apr-16 Saturday Walk 1 - Cookham to Maidenhead 23 cloud and occasoional spots of rain and maybe a few moments of sun
Sun, 15-Nov-15 Sunday Walk 1 – the Thames Valley
Sat, 11-Oct-14 Cookham to Maidenhead 7
Sat, 14-Dec-13 Cookham to Maidenhead 0
Sat, 27-Apr-13 Cookham to Maidenhead 20
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 to Maidenhead
Sat, 16-Jun-07 Cookham to Maidenhead
Sun, 21-Jan-07 Cookham to Maidenhead
Sun, 06-Feb-22
Sunday walk: Cookham to Maidenhead
17.0km (10.6 miles)
Toughness 3 out of 10.
This figure-of-9 walk passes artist Stanley Spencer’s former house then ventures into the surrounding hills with views over the Thames Valley. The area inspired the Wind in the Willows and author Kenneth Grahame lived locally. After dropping down to the Thames, the route returns you to Cookham for lunch. The afternoon follows a pretty stretch of the Thames Path to Maidenhead. En route, you could, if you’d rather, cross the river and finish in Taplow. Nothing to stop you finishing in Cookham either - maybe after a visit to the Stanley Spencer Gallery.
Trains
Take the 09:43 Tfl Reading train (Ealing Broadway 09:51). Change at Maidenhead (arr. 10:24, dep 10:29) onto the Marlow train, reaching Cookham at 10:36.
Return from Maidenhead at xx:05 and xx:35 (both Tfl) or xx:27 (Great Western).
Return from Taplow at xx:08 and xx:38 (on the same Tfl trains).
Return from Cookham at xx:10.
Get a return to Cookham.
Freedom Pass holders can travel free on Tfl trains as far as Maidenhead but need to buy a ticket (either single or return) from there to Cookham.
Lunch: Before Cookham, the Bounty pub (tel 01628 520 056), by the river, serves basic pub grub.
The suggested place for lunch in Cookham is the Kings Arms (tel 01628 530 667) in the High Street. Alternatives include The Ferry (tel 01628 525 123), and the Bel and the Dragon (tel 01628 521 263),
Tea On the way into Maidenhead a particularly attractive place to stop for tea is the up-market terrace bar at Boulter’s Lock (tel 01628 621 291), which serves cream teas (this would also suit defectors to Taplow) or later, the more prosaic Jenners Café.
Directions here
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Wed, 18-Aug-21
Wednesday walk Cookham to Maidenhead - Cookham Dean, Winter Hill, Sir Stanley Spencer Museum, Cliveden - and along the River Thames
Book 1, Walk 24 - Cookham to Maidenhead

Full walk: 17 km (10.6 miles). Circular walk ending in Cookham 7 miles. Walk ending in Marlow 10 miles
Toughness: 3 out of 10
Either
London Paddington: 09-56 hrs GreatWestern service to Reading Ealing Broadway 10-05 hrs
Arrive Maidenhead: 10-30 hrs Change trains
Leave Maidenhead: 10-34 hrs GreatWestern service to Marlow
Arrive Cookham: 10-41 hrs
Or - for holders of Freedom Passes
London Paddington: 09-43 hrs TFL Rail service to Reading Ealing Broadway 09-51 hrs
Arrive Maidenhead : 10-24 hrs Change trains
Leave Maidenhead: 10-34 hrs GreatWestern service to Marlow
Arrive Cookham: 10-41 hrs
Return

Marlow to Paddington, changing at Maidenhead: 17-18, 17-47 and 18-24 hrs
Cookham to Paddington, changing at Maidenhead: 15 mins past the hour up to and including16-15, then 17-32 hrs
Maidenhead to Paddington: direct trains at 17-15, 17-24, 17-35, 17-45, 17-55, 18-05, 18-15 hrs and so on
Rail ticket Senior walkers holding Freedom Passes and travelling on TFL Rail trains: purchase an off-peak single from Maidenhead to Cookham. Everyone else - buy a day return to Cookham
According to the History notes, the last time this walk was posted was on New Year's Day 2018 - and I remember it well. No bubbly will be dispensed on Winters Hill today, but there should still be plenty left to enjoy on a longer, Summer's day.
Leaving Cookham we cross Cookham Dean then head into woodland and up to Winters Hill, with its fine views of the Thames Valley below. Then we descend to Cookham via a sweep of the River Thames before we enter the town, for lunch at the Kings Arms on the High Street.
After lunch we have a choice: to conclude the walk in Cookham, after maybe enjoying a more leisurely lunch, or heading for Marlow across meadows, or walking along the Thames and below Cliveden all the way to Maidenhead.
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  • 19-Aug-21

    20 set out. The weather was cloudy with sunny intervals Your correspondent was surprised to turn round and find 19 people following him. Like a bellwether with its flock. This giddy moment didn’t last and soon I was jockeying for position at the back.

    On we went through a wood that has changed its name (was Bisham, now Quarry). Eventually, Cookham was reached, but not before I encountered a wild beast in the churchyard. A snake! Big as a house it was, with slavering jaws. Well, maybe not quite that big but a good 3 feet long. Near Stanley Spencer’s stone. A grass snake I think but it didn't hang around.It slid off at quite a lick, anxious to avoid this paparazzo’s attention. I managed to fire off a few shots before it disappeared under a tombstone.

    Still shaking with excitement, I ventured into the Kings Arms and asked if they had any walkers in. Would you believe the barman started rummaging through the crisp packets!

    I counted about 8 in there (walkers not crisps). They seemed to be enjoying their food. Some were ending the walk there, and one went to Taplow (pleasanter ending apparently). At least one went in the gallery. I went on to Maidenhead and I presume others did too.

    The first leg of this section was better than I expected (I usually find walking by the Thames a bit dull) but this doesn’t last. The walk gets progressively urban, and stays urban for a long way before the station is reached, some of which is along a busy road.

  • Anonymous
    19-Aug-21

    http://www.cleavebooks.co.uk/grol/jerome/3men12.htm

    From 'Three Men in a Boat',set near Maidenhead. The chapter where our heroes try to open a tin of pineapples.

  • Sandy
    19-Aug-21

    Great snake-spotting Mr T, sorry to have missed that.

    Six of us headed for Taplow after having lunch in the churchyard or just before. I thought the quiet section of the river just between Cookham and the beginning of Maidenhead was very nice. Route-finding through "Taplow Village" was a bit tricky owing to a closed bridge at grid ref SU905817, leaving us picking our way through a Stepfordesque new housing development.

    We had a pint in a roadside pub which was not quite as near Taplow station as we thought, and had to dash for the 1538 train.

  • 19-Aug-21

    If only I'd known. I could have found this for them after I found their snake. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-berkshire-58258647

Mon, 01-Jan-18
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.
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  • 02-Jan-18

    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.
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Sat, 09-Apr-16
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

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  • Anonymous
    09-Apr-16

    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

    or

    Really nice day

    Monika

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
  • Colin
    14-Nov-15

    I plan to go.