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Cookham to Maidenhead. 15/1/12.
A lovely walk of around 10.6 miles (I recorded 11.9) in a pocket of Berkshire that incorporates a fair amount of National Trust land and a delightful stretch of The Thames. Heading out from Cookham, the walker passes the former residence of the artist Sir Stanley Spencer, and then on through undulating meadows into Bisham Woods; these soon afford some fine views over Marlow and its environs. Shortly after, the walker arrives at today's high point, the appropriately named Winter Hill (87m), for further fine views. From there, it's a quick detour to Kenneth Grahame's former home before descending into Cookham again for lunch. Thereafter, there's the opportunity for a visit to the Stanley Spencer Gallery before continuing on to reach a very attractive walk alongside The Thames (though muddy in places!). The Cliveden Estate is on the higher banks opposite and these provide particularly fine views. A very pleasant walk! It's no wonder Ratty and his pals had such great adventures here...I don't recall seeing any willows though?? (Swans were 'Mutes' and the birds high in the distant tree 'mere' Woodpigeons...slipping up!). (Issues with watching this upload in HD - Youtube advised).
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