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Maidenhead - Cookham - Maidenhead Walk

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This walk can start from Boulter's Lock near Maidenhead - though the start point can vary, according to your means of travel - and takes you up the Thames Path beside the river to the delightful village of Cookham. The Thames Path is a National Trail which runs 184 miles from its source in the Cotswolds, almost to the sea.

Boulter's Lock was first built in 1772 and subsequently rebuilt in 1829 and 1912. This area of the river became popular for boating parties in the late 19th Century, especially on the Sunday after Royal Ascot, when the wealthy and famous passed through the lock, often on their way to Cliveden.

Between Boulter's Lock and Cookham the beechwoods rise steeply on the opposite bank and can provide a magnificent sight in November, when the autumn colours are at their best. This is the Cliveden Estate, notorious for the 1960s Profumo Scandal. The National Trust now manages the gardens and woodland and the house is an exclusive hotel, with limited tours available to NT members.
 
You will pass Spring Cottage, one of the most beautiful cottages on the Thames, described as 'a tall-chimneyed, mock-Tudor pleasure house', which featured in the colourful goings-on in the Profumo affair. Unfortunately I was not on the invitation list. Read more in Additional Information.

Cookham has a number of pubs, tea shops and restaurants, plus the Stanley Spencer Gallery which is open daily. I've included a link to the gallery. There is so much going on in Cookham that you are advised to look at the village website to know what to take in - or alternatively what to avoid. The pubs are listed too.

Let the train take the strain! With this and certain other walks I have specifically included details of how to reach it easily from the nearest railway station.

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