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 Thames Path with the option of continuing onto Maidenhead if you have time. You can also turn it into a circular walk by heading north west past the golf course in Cookham to Coney Copse. Other public footpaths will then take you towards Quarry Wood and Marlow.
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. Our circular walk around the village takes you along the river before rounding Cock Marsh and the golf course. Around Cookham you can also cross the river and visit the National Trust owned Cliveden House or pay a visit to the pretty village of Bourne End.
Marlow Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
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Marlow Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Walks near Marlow
- Marlow to Henley - A popular riverside walk between these Marlow and Henley-on-Thames
- Cookham River Circular Walk - The little village of Cookham is situated in a particularly delightful spot by the River Thames
- Bisham Woods - These woods near Marlow have some nice walking trails to try
- Beeches Way - Follow the Beeches Way through the Chilterns from the River Thames at Cookham to the Grand Union Canal at West Drayton.
You start off at Cookham and head east to the wooded Burnham Beeches Nature Reserve
- Cliveden House - Explore the stunning gardens and woodlands surrounding this Italianate mansion near Maidenhead
- Burnham Beeches - This hugely popular National Nature Reserve and woods has miles of good walking trails to try
- 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
- Marlow to Hurley River Walk - This easy riverside walk takes you from Marlow to Hurley along the Thames Path
- Hurley - This riverside village near Maidenhead has some nice local trails and a noteworthy ancient pub.
- Bourne End - This attractive Buckinghamshire based village has some lovely riverside trails and local woodlands to explore.
- Little Marlow - This pretty little village in Buckinghamshire sits close to the River Thames and a lovely local nature reserve
The Riverside Restaurant is a lovely location for some refreshments. There's a fine outdoor terrace which is ideal for warmer days. You can find it right next to Marlow Bridge at a postcode of SL7 1RG for your sat navs.
The Two Brewers is also located near the river in Marlow. The 18th century pub does great food and also has a nice beer garden. You can find it on St. Peter Street at postcode SL7 1NQ.
The 12th century Olde Bell Inn is located just to the west of the town in Hurley, and is one of the most significant pubs in the country. It is claimed to be the oldest hotel in the UK, and one of the oldest hotels in the world. The hotel is said to contain a secret tunnel leading to the village priory, which was used by John Lovelace, who was involved in the Glorious Revolution to overthrow King James II in the 17th century. The hotel was also used as a meeting point for Winston Churchill and Dwight D. Eisenhower during World War II. It's well worth exploring the whole site as other features include a kitchen garden, wildflower garden and a 16th century Tithe Barn. The inn is located close to Pinewood Studios and over the years, has seen a number of movie-star guests, including Mae West, Greta Garbo, Cary Grant, Errol Flynn, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Higginson Park in Marlow is a nice place to visit in the town. The popular park attracts 1,000,000 visitors a year and includes riverside views and access to open countryside. There are also many fine trees and large expanses of lawn with formal flowerbeds and a brick in grass maze. It's another good option for refreshments with a nice cafe. You can find the park on the western fringes of the town, next to the river.
In nearby Hurley there's the Hurley Loop Walk which will take you south to the woodland trails in Ashley Hill Forest and the Hurley Chalk Pit Nature Reserve.
Just to the east 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.