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

  • Maidenhead Thicket - Enjoy a short walk through the pretty Maidenhead Thicket located on the western outskirts of the town
  • Maidenhead - This walk takes you from Maidenhead to Windsor along the Thames Path National Trail
  • Maidenhead Boundary Walk - This circular walk takes you around the old boundary of Maidenhead
  • Chiltern Way - This is the original 125 mile circuit of the Chilterns AONB taking you through Hemel Hempstead, Chalfont St Giles, Marlow, Hambleden, Turville, Fingest, Bix Bottom, Ewelme, the Ridgeway, Stokenchurch, Great Hampden, Aldbury, the Dunstable Downs Country Park, Sharpenhoe Clappers and Harpenden
  • Thames Path - Starting at the Source of the Thames at Thames Head in Gloucestershire, follow the iconic river through beautiful countryside and historic towns to the city of London.
    The path runs for 184 miles running alongside the river for nearly the whole route making for a glorious experience whatever time of year
  • Marlow - The riverside town of Marlow is a lovely spot for walking
  • Marlow to Henley - A popular riverside walk between these Marlow and Henley-on-Thames
  • Cliveden House - Explore the stunning gardens and woodlands surrounding this Italianate mansion near Maidenhead
  • Cookham River Circular Walk - The little village of Cookham is situated in a particularly delightful spot by the River Thames
  • Windsor River Walk - Enjoy a riverside stroll along the Thames Path in Windsor and Eton on this lovely waterside walk in Berkshire
  • Dorney Lake - This purpose-built rowing lake in Buckinghamshire has a traffic free National Cycle Network trail running past it on one side and the Thames Path on the other
  • Eton - This Berkshire based town is a fine place to start a walk with two rivers, a local lake and the iconic Eton College to explore.
  • Marlow to Hurley River Walk - This easy riverside walk takes you from Marlow to Hurley along the Thames Path
  • Bourne End - This attractive Buckinghamshire based village has some lovely riverside trails and local woodlands to explore.

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

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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