The Jolly Woodman

Gerrards Cross to Cookham walk

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Gerrards Cross to Cookham walk

Bulstrode Park and Burnham Beeches woods, the Thames, and Stanley Spencer

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.

Updated: Thu, 17-Jan-19

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Tue, 01-Jan-19 10

New Year's Day Walk (West) - Choice of Gerrards Cross to Cookham, or Cookham Circular

1. Main Walk

Book 1, Walk 40: Gerrards Cross to Cookham

Length: 15.4 km (9.6 miles) Option to extend to Maidenhead or Marlow (walking in the dark)
Toughness: 2 out of 10

London Marylebone: 09-43 hrs Stratford-upon-Avon service
Arrive Gerrards Cross: 10-04 hrs

If you miss this train, there are plenty more: walk fast to catch up

Leave plenty of time to buy your tickets at Marylebone: visitors from the Orient may be in vast numbers queuing for tickets for travel to Bicester Village

Return

Cookham to London Paddington changing at Maidenhead: 16-20 and 17-34 hrs.

Marlow (to Paddington) : 17 mins past the hour

Rail ticket: you will need separate singles, given you are travelling with different rail companies using different rail termini.

2. A late start walk for New Year's Eve Revellers

Book 1, Walk 24: Cookham Circular

Length: 11 km (7 miles)
Toughness: 3 out of 10

London Paddington: 11-57 hrs Maidenhead service Ealing Broadway: 12-05 hrs
Arrive Maidenhead: 12-34 hrs Change trains
Leave Maidenhead: 12-39 hrs Marlow service
Arrive Cookham: 12-46 hrs

Return: 16-20 and 17-34 hrs

Both walking groups meet for a late lunch in Cookham

1. Today's main walk is relatively easy and not too demanding for New Year's Day. Near the start we walk through Bulstrode Park then through woods to Hedgerley and on through the beechwoods of Egypt Wood and Burnham Beeches.

During the morning we will stop to toast in the New Year with some bubbly. I will bring the base provisions - if one or two of the gents could bring a back-up bottle, that would be appreciated. We will find an excuse to use it sometime during the day ! If the ladies could bring some savory snacks, again that would be appreciated. Apart from the champers stop we will be doing the main walk in one stretch today, so some sustenance during the morning break will help keep us going to Cookham.

After the morning break we head for Littleworth Common then its mostly gently downhill, through more woods until we reach the River Thames for a final leg beside the river into Cookham.

Late Lunch: I have booked a table for NYD regulars at the Kings Arms pub in High Street, Cookham. The pub's management looked after us very well on NYD last year, so let's hope for a similar experience this year.

After Lunch: you either head for Cookham railway station, in the dark but on safe roads, to catch either the 16-20 hrs train or (more likely) the 17-34 hrs service back to London via Maidenhead. If the weather is good, those who enjoy walking in the dark can head for Marlow or Maidenhead, to extend their NYD walk by 3 to 4 miles.

2. Out late start walkers will be undertaking the morning leg of the Cookham to Maidenhead walk. Do bring a bottle of fizz with you, to toast in the New Year on top of Winters Hill. Your walk then continues downhill to the River Thames for a most pleasant walk beside the river all the way to Cookham. You should arrive in the centre of town shortly after walkers on the main walk. I will not know if we have spaces for you at our reserved table until I know your numbers. Might I suggest you phone me on your arrival at Cookham station at 12-46 pm - 07714-326477.

After lunch, you have the same option to continue your walk in the dark, or make for Cookham station.
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Walk Directions - main walk - are here: L=1.40
Directions for the late starters walk are here



Intend to do the Gerrards Cross to Cookham to clear the cobwebs will aim to bring "refreshments"
Am looking forward to it, and am bringing some sausages ! Should I take my own glass for the champers or will they be provided ?

10 on this walk, 8 on the specified train and 2 a bit later, though not so late that they missed the champagne stop, which took place in a churchyard. Despite our relative lack of numbers we managed to put away three bottles, as well as a large box of freshly cooked sausages. Thanks to Marcus, as ever, for lugging two of the bottles, Joe for the third, and Gabriella for the sausages. Thanks too to the various locals who reacted with equanimity to our roistering amId the tombstones.

The weather was perfect for a New Year’s Day walk fairly sunny, ie sunny when it mattered, even if it was cloudy at times. Birds sang, green shoots thrust up through the leaf litter, and the ground was fairly dry underfoot. One could be fooled into thinking spring was around the corner.

Did anyone do the late start circular walk? If so, we never met up with them. Instead eight of us sat at a table for 14 in the King’s Arms in Cookham (thanks again to Marcus for laying out a sizeable advance deposit to secure this) and had a pleasant late lunch.

When we emerged at 4pm, the sky was still light. For four of us this proved irresistible and we set off to walk the four miles and a bit to Marlow. Our reward was a glorious dusk over the Thames (see the SWC Facebook page) and a nice ending in the gathering dark. After tea at the Marlow Donkey we got the 6.17 back to daily life.
Sat, 17-Nov-18 21

Saturday Short - Gerrards Cross to Cookham

This weeks "shortie" is Gerrards Cross to Cookham where hopefully the autumn splendour of Burnham Beeches will be on show.

The afternoon section shares the route with Walker's Langley to Cookham walk (also posted this week), so there will be an opportunity to hook up with other SWC walkers there.

Length: 9.6 miles (15.4km)
Toughness: 2/10

Catch the 10:13 train from London Marylebone to Aylesbury, arriving at Gerrards Cross 10:36

Tickets: You will need to buy two singles, Marylebone to Gerrards Cross and Cookham to Paddington

Lunch: The suggested lunch stop is The Jolly Woodman on Littleworth Common t: 01753 644350. This appears to be under new management (Mitch and Matt) with Real Ales and a revamped website. I'd suggest calling before starting the walk to ensure they will be able to provide you lunch.

Tea: There are two pubs and a deli in Cookham where it's a further 1km to Cookham Station (allow 20 minutes) where there is a Costa and Countrystore (Budgen) supermarket nearby.

Full walk directions are here.

Download a GPX file here.

Trains back from Cookham are every hour at 21 minutes past the hour. You'll need to change trains at Maidenhead with a final destination of Paddington - journey time just under an hour. Trains from Maidenhead stop at Ealing Broadway.

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21 walkers set off from Gerrards Cross on a lovely sunny day for walking. The conditions underfoot were very good, the late autumn colours glorious. The Jolly Woodman in Dropmore was the chosen lunch stop, where the food was plentiful and the reception friendly. A few of the walkers left the pub early enough to catch the 3.21 train from Cookham, where we met a group of ramblers and one fast walker from the Langley to Cookham walk. There was a problem with the directions immediately after lunch. It is unnecessary to turn left at the Parish church of St Anne, since doing so means walking three sides of a rectangle. It is much simpler and less anxiety inducing to continue along the lane past the church and, on reaching the main road, cross over and turn left, soon reaching the Beeches Way signposted footpath.
Sun, 19-Aug-18 4

Sunday Walk – Burnham Beeches and the River Thames (Gerrards Cross to Maidenhead)

Book 1 Walk 40¦24 – Gerrards Cross to Maidenhead
Length: 21.2 km (13.2 miles). Toughness: 3/10

10:43 Banbury train from Marylebone, arriving Gerrards Cross at 11:02. If you just miss this there's a stopping service to Gerrards Cross three minutes later, arriving at 11:19.

There are half-hourly fast trains from Maidenhead to Paddington until 18:10 (at approx. xx:10 & xx:40), plus stopping services; on the latter it's usually quicker to change at Slough.

There are engineering works on the Marlow branch line so if you choose to finish at Cookham you'll need to take the hourly rail replacement bus at xx:06.

You can't get a day return for this walk as the two stations are on lines operated by different rail companies. You may find it cheaper to get an All Zones Travelcard plus singles from/to the Zone 6 boundary.

The standard Walk 40 from Book 1 is a nicely varied stroll through parkland and the extensive woods of Burnham Beeches to the riverside village of Cookham, and if you take the suggested extension to Maidenhead (from Walk 24) you'll finish the day along one of the most attractive stretches of the Thames. The suggested lunch stop (after about two hours' walking) is the Jolly Woodman on Littleworth Common, but the directions include a small detour to the nearby Blackwood Arms if you want to try somewhere different; as usual on a Sunday, call one of these in advance if you want to be sure of a table inside. Cookham has several nice places for a mid-afternoon refreshment stop and you could also visit the Stanley Spencer Gallery.

You'll need to bring Book 1 or print the directions from the Walk 40 and Walk 24 pages. You don't really need the latter for the riverside extension, of course, but it describes a route to Maidenhead station which enables you to bypass the large town centre. T=1.40
bit later train nice one Sean! thanks
4 started this walk one did a short version 3 completed the full walk on a beautiful day with lovely woods and walk along the Thames in the afternoon.
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Sun, 22-Jan-17 15

Burnham Beeches, the Thames and Stanley Spencer

Book 1 Walk 40 – Gerrards Cross to Cookham or Marlow
Length: 15.4km (9.6 miles) or 21.8km (13.5 miles) Toughness: 2/10 or 3/10

10:43Banbury train fromMarylebone arriving at Gerrards Cross at 11:02.

Return trains from Marlow to Paddington, changing at Maidenhead, are at xx:01, calling at Cookham 15 minutes later. (total journey time 1 hour 19 mins). The connecting trains from Maidenhead call at Ealing Broadway.

The start and finish stations are on different lines so best advice is to get an All Zones Travelcard and buy singles from or to the boundary of Zone 6 for each leg of the journey.

This is a pleasant and fairly easy walk through Bulstrode Park and Burnham Beeches to the Thames at Cookham, with an opportunity to visit the Stanley Spencer gallery. If you arrive there by about 3:45pm, you could extend the walk by 3.5 miles by taking the Thames Path to Marlow which you should reach before daylight fails if you don’t dally.

Both the Jolly Woodman (tel 01753 644 350) and the Blackwood Arms (tel 01753 645 672) at Littleworth Common have been recommended for the lunch stop.

The walk directions can be found on the Book 1 Walk 40 page, or can be downloaded as a PDF here, but you’ll need the actual book for the map.
I see there are two walks planned for Sunday 22nd Jan. I would like to know if anyone is going on either walk so I'm not alone.

Jo
I plan on doing this one
I plan on doing the Burnham Beeches one ending at the Stanley Spencer gallery
It's going to be a beatiful sunny day
Do come I don't want to be alone either !
15 plus one (well behaved) dog (Max). Weather cold dry sunny A frost persisted all day and any available mud was frozen.
The group split for lunch, some going to the Blackwood Arms and others to the Jolly Woodman. I overheard one rave review for the former. And so on to Cookham.
A good day out, the only downside being the non arrival of the 16:16. It disappeared off the indicators without explanation. It did eventually show up, after a worrying 10 mins at below zero temperatures, just in time for us to miss the connection at Maidenhead. :(
Sat, 05-Mar-16 9

Saturday First Walk - Through the woods and down to the Thames

Book 1, walk 40 Gerards Cross to Cookham (or Marlow, 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 click here.

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

From Cookham at 21 past the hour.
From Marlow at 06 past and the fare is £9.25 with a Network Card.
From Bourne End at 17 past.
From Maidenhead there are four trains an hour and the fare is £7.95.
Just to add insult to injury, correct me if I"m wrong but I don't think the Marylebone ticket office will sell you the ticket for the return journey. They only look after their own.You either have to get it in advance or remember to buy it at Cookham from a machine. Certainly was the case unless someone's banged some sense into them by now.
9 on this walk, one of whom caught us at lunch having caught the stopping train. Hope no one else was confused by this it was the 9.43 to Banbury stopping at Gerrard's Cross, not the 9.46 all stations to Gerrard's Cross (which I did not know about).

A nice easy walk in the woods. Not over muddy at all, though enough somehow got onto our boots and trousers to make it look as if we had been through the Battle of the Somme. The Jolly Woodman was cosy and empty one reason for the latter might have been the unsmiling staff and so so food: next time we will try one of the other pubs. The weather was nothing like as bad as expected with some sunny intervals after midday ie not much wind and only three very brief and light showers (one with some hail). The tea room in Cookham was as cheerful as the lunch pub was not and begged us NOT to remove our boots.

Six of us comtinued after tea to Bourne End, five going on to Marlow. It was a bit slippy on the Thames Path but the sun increasingly came out (shining straight in our faces, but you can't have everything). We had a drink in the Donkey and caught the 6pm train, suitably satisfied with our exertions.
Wed, 11-Nov-15 7

Mid-week day walk - Gerrards Cross to Cookham

Gerrards Cross to Cookham

Bulstrode Park and Burnham Beeches woods, the Thames, and Stanley Spencer

Book 1 Walk 40

Length : just shy of 16 km or 10 miles

Toughness : 2 out of 10

Getting there : Catch the 10:13 am train from London Marylebone to Gerrards Cross

Meeting point : Gerrards Cross Station at 10:32

Tickets : Buy a single from Marylebone to Gerrards Cross and a single from Cookham to your preferred return station.

Brief Description

Hopefully there will some nice Autumn colours, especially in Burnham Beeches.
Full details of this walk may be found here

Suggested Lunch stops

The Jolly Woodman t: 01753 644 350

Suggested Tea stop

Infusions t:01628 528 537

Map

OS Explorer : 172

Return train times

Trains return from Cookham at 21 minutes past the hour from platform 1 (This is good news as there is only one platform). Change at Maidenhead for London stations.
I would suggest you allow 15 minutes for the walk from the tea stop to the station. There's a Co-op opposite the station, should you wish to pick up any food or drink items there.


Is anyone planning to go on this walk?
I am planning to go, but need someone to be on the walk with a print out of the walking directions. Printer out of action again!
Weather doesn't look at all bad, so I'm planning to go
I plan to go.
7 weather cloudy but mild. Attractive walk mainly along woodland trails. Very little mud and recent dry weather meant we waded through drifts of fallen leaves Excellent lunch at the Jolly Woodman but good reports from those who had a drink at the Blackwood Arms. We did not linger in Cookham but it is worth noting that there is now a Costa Coffee just 40m beyond the station level crossing.
Wed, 05-Aug-15 5

Midweek day walk - Gerrards Cross to Cookham

Gerrards Cross to Cookham

Bulstrode Park and Burnham Beeches woods, the Thames, and Stanley Spencer

Book 1 Walk 40

Length : 16 km or 10 miles

Toughness : 2 out of 10

Getting there : Catch the 10:21 am train from London Marylebone to Gerrards Cross

Meeting point : Gerrards Cross station at 10:40

Tickets : Buy a single to Gerrards Cross and a single from Cookham to London Paddington

Brief Description

A slightly nearer and shorter stroll this week with a nice late start
You may find full details here

Suggested Lunch stops

The Jolly Woodman pub (tel 01753 644 350) in Littleworth Road, Littleworth Common

Suggested Tea stops

Infusions in the High Street (tel 01628 528 537). (You'll need to allow 15 mins to get to the station.)

Maps

OS Explorer : 172

Return train times

Trains return from Cookham to Paddington at the following times:
16:21 | 17:31 | 18:02 | 18:32 19:02
Change at Maidenhead with a journey time about an hour, (Ealing Broadway about 50 minutes.)
dratted tube strike ! anyone braving this walk tomorrow?
intend going
I cant do any of these walks with the tube strike so I am going to do something along my train line instead (probably Sevenoaks or Haslemere)
Am going with Kingston Ramblers from Twickenham station leaving 10.45am to Hayes and Harlington. If these strikes continue to disrupt our walks there are a number of lead walks organised by walking groups to choose from that may suit.
5 overcast with sunny spells and a few drops of rain before lunch
4 walkers off the train, 1 had arrived by car (and left us after lunch to re trace her steps to the car). mostly fine walk, if a little high on the tarmac count. the directions held up well. the morning talk seemed to be all about Bridge, as three walkers are active club players, while 1 other walker got on with reading the directions...
lunch stop at The Jolly Woodman, 2/3 into the walk; of average quality, but probably value for money, at a nice outside table, surrounded by the highest number of plant hangers and pots ever seen at a pub (and quite a few bees and wasps, inevitably).
15.21 train, home at half four!

If had known you were going to curtail walk and get an early train I would have gone!!
Maybe communication the night before would be good idea in such circumstances ?
well, we didn't curtail the walk. just walked the normal route, at normal pace, with a normal length stay at the pub. but we skipped tea in light of every1 getting home in time. 15.5 km does not a long walk make...
Sun, 31-May-15

Sunday Walk – Burnham Beeches and the Thames

Book 1 Walk 40 (extended) – Gerrards Cross to Maidenhead
Length: 21.2 km (13.2 miles). Toughness: 3/10

10:20 Beaconsfield train from Marylebone (West Ruislip [Central Line] 10:42), arriving Gerrards Cross at 10:55.

There are three trains an hour from Maidenhead to Paddington, at irregular times but fairly evenly spaced out. The fastest ones (calling only at Slough) are at around 45-50 minutes past the hour.

You can't get a day return for this walk as the two stations are on lines operated by different rail companies. You may find it cheaper to get an All Zones Travelcard plus singles to/from the Zone 6 boundary.

The standard Book 1 walk is a nicely varied stroll through parkland and the extensive woods of Burnham Beeches to the riverside village of Cookham, and if you take the suggested extension to Maidenhead you'll finish the day along one of the loveliest stretches of the Thames. Lunch is at the Jolly Woodman after about two hours' walking; as usual on a Sunday, call ahead if you want to be sure of a table inside. Cookham has several nice places for a mid-afternoon refreshment stop and you could also visit the Stanley Spencer Gallery.

You'll need to bring Book 1 or print the directions from the Walk 40 and Walk 24 pages. You don't really need the latter for the riverside extension, of course, but it describes a route to Maidenhead station which enables you to bypass the large town centre.
I see on the gpx files that we can do both walks (40 + 24) fully, which makes a 20ml one in the end. Tempting indeed.
Sat, 26-Jul-14 10 Gerrards Cross to Cookham
Sat, 26-Oct-13 30 Gerrards Cross to Cookham
Sun, 15-Sep-13 0 Gerrards Cross to Cookham
Mon, 27-May-13 Gerrards Cross to Cookham, via Burnham Beeches
Sat, 27-Oct-12 Gerrards Cross to Cookham
Sun, 12-Aug-12 Gerrards Cross to Cookham
Sun, 12-Aug-12 Gerrards Cross to Maidenhead
Sat, 01-Oct-11 Gerrards Cross to Cookham
Sun, 17-Apr-11 Gerrards Cross to Cookham
Sat, 12-Jun-10 Gerrards Cross to Cookham
Sun, 18-Apr-10 Gerrards Cross to Marlow
Sat, 28-Nov-09 Gerrards Cross to Cookham
Sun, 01-Mar-09 Gerrards Cross to Cookham
Sat, 04-Oct-08 Gerrards Cross to Cookham
Sun, 17-Feb-08 Gerrards Cross to Cookham
Sat, 06-Oct-07 Gerrards Cross to Cookham
Sun, 25-Feb-07 Gerrards Cross to Cookham
Sat, 07-Oct-06 Gerrards Cross to Cookham