GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Hurley Loop Walk

5 miles (8.5 km)

This riverside village near Maidenhead has some nice local trails and a noteworthy ancient pub.
This circular walk from the village takes you to the Ashley Hill Forest and the Hurley Chalk Pit Nature Reserve before a riverside walk along the Thames.
The walk starts in the village and follows country lanes and footpaths south to High Wood and Ashley Hill Woods. There's some nice woodland trails here and climb to Ashley Hill.
The route then follows trails north west to Hurley Chalk Pit Nature Reserve. The small reserve includes woodland, scrub, grassland and hedges. There's also 15 species of butterfly, includingcommon bluesandgatekeepers to be found here.
From here you follow paths north to the river where you can pick up the Thames Path National Trail. The riverside path will take you east back to the village.

Postcode

SL6 5LX - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Hurley OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Hurley Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Hurley

Pubs/Cafes

Head to The Old Bell for some post walk refreshments. The pub is one of the oldest in the world with a history stretching back to 1135 when it was the guest house for visitors to the nearby Benedictine Hurley Priory. The fine old coaching inn includes a fantastic large garden area and a tithe barn. You can find them on the High Street at postcode SL6 5LX for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The woodland, country and riverside trails make for a fine dog walk. The Old Bell mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

A few miles to the south there's the worthy village of Wargrave. It's well worth a visit with a historic high street with many old listed buildings, a picturesque marina, a 12th century church and a very fine riverside pub where you can relax with a view of the river. You can also pick up the Knowl Hill Bridleway near here. The circular cycling and walking route explores the area around Knowl Hill, with some fine views from the high points.
Just to the east of nearby Marlow is the neighbouring village of Little Marlow. Here you can explore the wildlife rich Spade Oak Nature Reserve and visit the historic 14th century church and 16th century pub.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Berkshire Walks page.

Photos

The River Thames, Hurley - geograph.org.uk - 605625

The River Thames, Hurley

Hurley Lock - geograph.org.uk - 2514762

Hurley Lock. The weir here is popular withkayakerswhenever conditions are favourable, and it is very busy at weekends.

High Wood - geograph.org.uk - 292764

High Wood. Looking across farmland on a footpath at the Berkshire College of Agriculture.

Beeches on Ashley Hill - geograph.org.uk - 1059631

Beeches on Ashley Hill. An area of fairly young trees just to the east of the top of the hill. Ashley Hill Forest consists of a mixture of woodland types.

Rolling countryside, Hurley - geograph.org.uk - 711857

Rolling countryside, Hurley. Low chalk hills rise to the south of the Thames between Cookham and Wargrave. A large area of these to the southwest of the village is occupied by Juddmonte Farms who breed horses. These are amongst their fields.

Hurley Chalk Pit - geograph.org.uk - 2214328

Hurley Chalk Pit

The Cloisters, Hurley, Berkshire Geograph-2214336-by-Mick-Crawley

The Cloisters, Hurley Priory. A partially moatedBenedictinepriory founded in 1086 as a cell ofWestminster Abbey.The priory was dissolved in 1536, but its priory church survives as the currentparish church. The priory and parts of the village have been used as locations for the mystery seriesMidsomer Murders.

Ye Olde Bell - geograph.org.uk - 523364

The Olde Bell. Upmarket inn in the village. Possibly the oldest in the country.

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GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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