The riverside town of Marlow is a lovely spot for walking. With the Thames path and some lovely countryside and woodland there's lots of good options for walkers.
This is a popular 4.5 mile walk from the town to the nearby village of Cookham. It's a particular lovely stretch of the river with the option of continuing onto Maidenhead if you have time. At Cookham you also have the option of linking with the Beeches Way and following the path east to the splendid Burnham Beeches Nature Reserve. Around Cookham you can also cross the river and visit the National Trust owned Cliveden House.
Other Walks around Marlow
- Bisham Woods - if you cross the river in Marlow you can enjoy the woodland trails through Bisham Woods and Quarry Woods. The area covers nearly 400 acres and are considered 'the richest ancient woods in Berkshire'. There's lots to see with bluebells, beechwoods, ponds, woodland orchids and some climbs with great views over the Chilterns and Marlow.
- Beeches Way - Follow the Beeches Way through the Chilterns AONB from the River Thames at Cookham to the Grand Union Canal at West Drayton.
- 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.
- Cliveden House - Explore the stunning gardens and woodlands surrounding this Italianate mansion near Marlow. The grounds include several beautifully laid out gardens. The Rose Garden with red, orange and yellow flowers, the oriental water garden with Chinese pagoda and the Long Garden with stunning floral displays and topiary. There are also miles of woodland paths with stunning views back to the gardens and over the surrounding Berkshire countryside. Look out for elephant, bear and tiger wood carvings as you go. The grounds also extend down to the River Thames so there is the opportunity for some more waterside walking too.
- Burnham Beeches - This National Nature Reserve and woodland has miles of good walking trails to try. The area consists mostly of beech woodland with lots of peaceful woodland 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.The reserve is located just 5 miles east of Marlow.
- Chiltern Way - You can pick up this long distance trails in Cookham Dean just to the south of the town.