Widbrook Common and Cookham Circular Walk

Start: Boulters Lock

Finish: Boulters Lock

Length: 9 km / 5.75 miles

Weather: Dull but dry

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First walk of the New Year after a Christmas of colds and gloomy weather. This one is Route 11 from Pathfinder Guides 'Thames Valley & Chilterns'

 

The route starts by the Thames, at Boulters Lock. During the Edwardian era hundreds of boats would gather here to sail down to Ascot Sunday. The nearby Boulters Island was once home to the late Richard Dimbledy.

 

After a bit of road walking, we walked in meadows and came across this bridge that took us onto Widbrook Common. The stream is White Brook.

 

At this point, near to Strand Water, we took the left fork towards Cookham.

 

Spotted this in someones garden near to Cookham.

 

Cookham War Memorial. Notable people who lived in Cookham are Kenneth Grahame, Sir Stanley Spencer and Guglielmo Marconi, amongst others.

 

A winding path leads down from Cookham to the Thames.

 

On the other side is Cliveden House and Gardens, a National Trust property.