This hugely popular National Nature Reserve and woods has miles of good walking trails to try. The area consists mostly of beech woodland with lots of peaceful footpaths to follow. There's also ponds, streams, grassland and heathland with over 500 acres to explore.
The reserve is great for wildlife too. Look out for Exmoor Ponies, Berkshire Pigs, Jacob Sheep and grazing cattle. Facilities are very good with a car park off Lord Mayors Drive and a nice cafe.
Burnham Beeches proximity to London and the beauty of the area attracts over half a million visitors per year. It has been used as a film location for Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1.
Please note this circular route is devised for walkers but cyclists can enjoy a network of tarmac surfaced roads, the majority of which are closed to cars. Please note off road cycling is not permitted in the reserve.
If you'd like to extend your outing then you can pick up the Beeches Way which runs through the reserve. If you head east you'll come to Farnham Common and Stoke Common where you'll find attractive Gorse and Heather heathland. If you follow the trail west it will take you to Cookham and the delightful Cliveden House. The Italianate mansion is surrounded by beautiful parkland and gardens with miles of walking trails and views of the River Thames.
PostcodeSLSL2 3LB - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Burnham Beeches Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Burnham Beeches Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Burnham Beeches OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Burnham Beeches Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
At the visitor centre there's a lovely tea room where you can sit outside in a wooded glade. There's light bites, nice cakes and ice cream to refresh yourself here after your exercise.
If you would like to sample one of the local pubs we recommend the splendid Blackwood Arms Country Pub. There's great food, a cosy fire indoors, and a delightful garden area with nice views of the countryside. It's perfect for relaxing in on warmer days. You can find the pub at address Common Lane, Littleworth Common, with a postcode of SL1 8PP for your sat navs.
The reserve is a great place to walk your dog with miles of wide tracks and some off lead areas. The on site cafe mentioned above is also dog friendly with water bowls provided.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Just a few miles to the east there's two more highlights of the area at Langley Park Country Park and Black Park Country Park. Langley Park's rhododendron gardens and Arboretum are particularly lovely.
If you follow the Beeches Way north west you could visit the village of Wooburn Green. There's a pleasant large green here with a number of historic properties including a 16th century public house. There's also a pretty local park with walks along the River Wye and peaceful adjacent woodland.