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Cookham and Strand Water

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Cookham and Strand Water
Author: Claire, Published: 19 Feb 2012 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Cookham and Strand Water Walking Guidestar1 Cookham and Strand Water Walking Guidestar1 Cookham and Strand Water Walking Guidestar1 Cookham and Strand Water Walking Guidestar0 Cookham and Strand Water Walking Guide
Berkshire, Cookham
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Cookham and Strand Water
Length: 2 miles,  Difficulty: boot Cookham and Strand Water Walking Guide boot Cookham and Strand Water Walking Guide
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A 2 mile short stroll from the picturesque and popular village of Cookham in Berkshire. Cookham is well known for its selection of independent village shops along with a wide range of pubs and restaurants and its Thames setting, and so provides a lovely place to explore. The village is said to be home to lots of famous people including rugby coach Sir Clive Woodward and presenter Ulrika Jonsson. The walk follows a short route south alongside Strand Water, a wide stream, before crossing the water and returning north through paddocks and fields.

The walk is relatively flat and follows field and streamside paths which may be muddy after wet weather. There are no stiles, but several gates including one kissing gate. Approximate time 1 hour.

The walk starts from the free car park on Cookham Moor which lies to the north of the B4447 (High Street) directly opposite a brick built arched bridge. Approximate postcode SL6 9SB.

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Walk Sections

Cookham Moor to Green Way East
Cookham Moor to Green Way East

Start point: 51.5602 lat, -0.7139 long
End point: 51.5593 lat, -0.7113 long

Leave the car park by the vehicle entrance, cross the main B4447 road (signed To The Green Way), and climb up the small grass embankment opposite alongside the brick built arched bridge. Turn left onto the tarmac path and follow this towards the village.

Take the first right into School Lane, then turn immediately right again and you will reach a waymarker post for Green Way East.

Green Way East to Strand Water Bridge
Green Way East to Strand Water Bridge

Start point: 51.5593 lat, -0.7113 long
End point: 51.5484 lat, -0.7171 long

Turn left along the footpath marked as Green Way East. Follow the narrow footpath alongside a brick wall and then continue ahead as the path emerges into a section between fields, with a metal fence on the right.

After a little distance, follow the footpath as it bends to the right and you will have a further section of metal fence on your right. At the next belt of trees, cross over a mud track and go straight ahead to follow the right hand boundary of the field with houses visible at the far side of the field to the left. This section of the walk follows Strand Water, a wide stream to your right.

At the end of the field you will reach a T-junction.

Strand Water Bridge to Riding School
Strand Water Bridge to Riding School

Start point: 51.5484 lat, -0.7171 long
End point: 51.5504 lat, -0.7171 long

At the T-junction turn right (signed Green Way West) and cross the small wooden footbridge over Strand Water. Go ahead and you will come to a concrete bridge ahead. Do NOT cross the concrete bridge – instead turn right immediately before it through a gap in the fence signed Green Way West. Turn immediately right again through a gate into a paddock. (Note the paddocks may be very muddy after wet weather.)

Follow the footpath diagonally across the grass paddock to a second gate in the centre of the fence ahead. Pass through this gate and go ahead across the second paddock and exit via a gate onto a track, with a Riding School to the left.

Riding School to Cookham Moor
Riding School to Cookham Moor

Start point: 51.5504 lat, -0.7171 long
End point: 51.5595 lat, -0.7142 long

Cross over the track and go ahead through a gate signposted Green Way West. Follow the path between paddocks and pass through another gate as the path emerges into fields. Go straight ahead following the field boundary on your left.

Look out for glimpses of Cliveden on the horizon over to the right, a National Trust property built in 1851. The house is most famous for being the home of Nancy Astor who, between the two world wars, used the house for lavish entertaining of high profile guests including Charlie Chaplin, George Bernard Shaw and Rudyard Kipling. The house is run as a hotel by the Chewton Glen Group and has been used for many TV and film sets including being the home of Lady Penelope in the 2004 Thunderbirds film.

At the end of the field pass though the metal kissing gate and follow the path ahead through the tunnel of trees. Continue to go straight ahead through several metal gates and you will emerge onto a private gravel drive. Pass through the wooden gate at the end back onto the main B4447 main road. Turn right along the tarmac path on the top of the grass embankment, cross over the brick built bridge and then turn left to cross the road to reach the car park.

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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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