Book 1, walk 40 Gerards Cross to Cookham
, or Maidenhead
Length: 15.4km (9.6 miles) - with possible 1.5, 4.4 or 5 mile extension after tea
Toughness: 2 out of 10 9.43
train from Marylebone
to Gerards Cross, arriving 10.02 This walk requires two single tickets
, as it starts and finishes on totally different lines. But this is not that expensive with a Network Card. Outward to Gerrards Cross
the fare is £5.95.
Back from Cookham
to Paddington it is £8.05
. So £14
altogether, less if you are buying a ticket from a London Transport zone boundary. A six zone travelcard
bought with a Network Card (available from rail ticket machines but not Underground ones) might also reduce the cost.
For walk directions
I am not sure when this walk last had a Saturday outing, but I don't think it has had one for a while. If you can conquer your irritation at having to buy two single tickets, it is a very pleasant gentle walk through woods and fields down to the Thames at Cookham. One other reason I chose it for today is that it has three possible lunch stops,
which may be useful if Mother's Day entertaining spills over from tomorrow to today. For tea
, as well as the three pubs in the Cookham high street, there is a tea room (described as "Infusions" in the walk directions but now the Teapot Tea Room
, open till 5pm). Failing that, just before the station on the right is the Pizza Dreams Cafe,
open till 9pm, and across the level crossing and to the left a Costa Coffee
open to 6.30pm daily Lengthening the walk
Looking at our walks database, I see two options
are mentioned for lengthening this walk which have not been done since 2010. -
The nicest is to continue on the Thames Path
from Cookham to Bourne End
(1.5 miles) or Marlow
(another 3.5 miles from Bourne End). The path is well signposted and to get to it from central Cookham either cross the churchyard, or take the path to the right on Cookham Moor 100 metres beyond the Crown. If you need directions when you come into Marlow, page eight of this document
("Riverside ending in Marlow") will help, taking you to the tea options and then the station.
- If you are only walking to Bourne End there is a quirky riverside pub
as a tea option
(stay on this side of the river when the Thames Path crosses the railway bridge and it is 200 metres on the left). To get to Bourne End station
, take the path that doubles back up steps on the eastern side of the bridge on the north bank - it follows the railway line to the station.
- Alternatively you can follow the Thames Path
from Cookham in the other direction, down to Maidenhead
- a distance of 4.4 miles.
Print off the directions for walk 24, Cookham to Maidenhead
for this and follow them from point 37. This document also outlines the tea options. The last mile or so of this walk is along urban streets but it is otherwise very pleasant, and your fare back will be cheaper (see below) Trains back
past the hour.
past and the fare is £9.25
with a Network Card.
From Bourne End
there are four trains an hour and the fare is £7.95