Gerrards Cross to Cookham walk

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


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  • Gerrard's Cross to Cookham. 2/12/12.
    amib, Dec-12

    This delightful 9.6 miler in leafy Bucks and Berks had an interesting ending, on this particular day...

    Shortly after leaving the station, the walker is soon in Bulstrode Park, then crossing over the M40 before entering the Nature Reserve at Hedgerley Green. Then it's a pleasant section of woodland walking through Egypt Wood and Burnham Beeches prior to lunch at a small chapel at Littleworth Common, though two pub alternatives exist.

    Thereafter, there's another fine section of woodland walking through the valley in Woolman's Wood before passing a Victorian folly at Hedsor. The optional detour to the hilltop church of St Nicholas is well worthwhile for the fine views it affords.

    The final section of Thameside walking needs to be tackled with care following flooding and ice, though an 'escape route' is available.

    Following this unexpected 'delay', the walker then crosses Cookham Bridge to pass Cookham Church; Stanley Spencer's grave and Gallery; Cookham's Christmas Fayre and, finally, Cookham Moor prior to reaching the station.

    A very pleasant walk without too many muddy paths in winter. (If the path across the meadow outside Cookham is flooded, simply aim for the right hand corner and follow the road to the bridge).