Enjoy a short walk through the pretty Maidenhead Thicket located on the western outskirts of the town. There are miles of woodland walking trails with snowdrops, common spotted orchids and other wildflowers to see. You'll also visit the earth-banks and ditches of Robin Hood’s Arbour, a Scheduled Ancient Monument. The glade was used by outlaws who used the woods as a hideaway.
The area attracts a variety of wildlife including butterflies, dragonflies and wetland birds.
To continue your walking around Maidenhead pick up the Thames Path national trail and enjoy a riverside walk to Marlow.
The Chiltern Way also skirts the northern edge of the thicket.
Maidenhead Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Maidenhead Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Maidenhead OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Maidenhead Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Walks near Maidenhead
- 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
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The circular Maidenhead Boundary Walk runs through the thicket. The 13 mile trail is a nice way to explore the area around the town.
The circular Bourne End Walk visits the town. You could visit the neighbouring settlement which includes the National Trust's Cock Marsh and an excellent riverside pub in the shape of The Bounty.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Berkshire Walks page.