SWC walk 189 - Langley to Cookham
Length: 20.1km (12.8 miles) - this is my estimate: I think the distance on the website for this walk (13.7 miles) is slightly overstated 10.06
train from Paddington
(10.15 Ealing Broadway
) to Langley (Berks), arriving 10.34
Buy a day return to Cookham
, though if you are up for the moonlight walk option, then a day return to Marlow might be better.
** This is something a bit different from the usual SWC walk, as it is a map-led walk
, ie there are no written directions
. A GPS file
is available, otherwise print off OS maps from this page
or bring OS Explorer Map 172
which has all but the very first few hundred metres of the route. Basic information about the walk and its lunch options is on this page.
** As with all SWC walks you are responsible for finding your own way
: we do not check that stragglers are keeping up. However, it is to be hoped that there will be some "cooperative navigation" today.
After the first mile or so the route follows the Beeches Way,
which is supposedly waymarked, but how reliable this is, I do not know. The last quarter of the walk will be familiar to those who know the Gerrards Cross to Cookham walk in book one, but the rest is all new territory. Fairly wooded, it seems from the map.
We will be doing the shorter start
to this walk from Langley (home of the CIA!)
- see the red line on the map
for this walk. Lunch options
are the Black Horse
in Fulmer after 4.3 miles and The Forresters
(01753 643340) in Farnham Common after 7 miles - large and recommended, apparently. It may be worth phoning this latter pub before relying on it: emergency alternative pub options may be available in Stoke Poges, 1.5 miles earlier (ie after 5.5 miles), but these require a 1km diversion off the route. Mid afternoon
(2 miles after Farnham Common)
you will pass one of the lunch pubs on the Gerrards Cross to Cookham walk - the Jolly Woodman in Littleworth Common - which might be a refreshment stop. Otherwise it is just over 3 miles more to Cookham, which has a tea room
- the Teapot, open till 5pm - or three pubs. Note that it is 1km from Cookham high street to its station: leave 15-20 minutes to do this walk Trains back
from Cookham are at 21 past
the hour ** Possible MOONLIGHT walk
: this is the last opportunity before the clocks go back to do a moonlight walk, with full moon due tomorrow night. If the skies are clear, some of us may do a walk along the Thames: either to Bourne End, getting the train back from there, or to Maidenhead, or perhaps taking the train to Marlow and walking back to Cookham. Anyone is welcome (at your own risk! If you get eaten by a werewolf, don't come running to us...)
to join us.