Maidenhead is a lovely market town located just northeast of Reading — only a 12 minute train ride! It’s a worth-it destination for some pleasant running around Commons, parks, and paths along the Thames. Also site of a parkrun.
Maidenham & Cookham Commons. National Trust property with numerous trails and footpaths around open green spaces, grassy meadows, and woodland. Create your own route or follow some of their marked walks. Options:
- Maidenhead Commons. A series of commons and woodland trails. From the Maidenhead Commons car park, create your own route among the numerous paths combining Pinkneys Green to the north, Maidenhead Thicket Meadow to the southeast, and Maidenhead Thicket south of the A404. You can also follow this 6.9 mile marked walk through to Pinkneys Green and Winter Hill Road Woods before stopping at the Brick and Tile Works and the beautiful mixed woodland of Maidenhead Thicket. MAP & DIRECTIONS
- Cookham Commons. A series of commons with open grassland trails and wooded paths. From the car park at Cookham Dean Common, enjoy the trails and small roads that head north toward Cookham Dean Chalk Pit and Bisham Woods. Also some nice trails and hills along Winter Hill Rd. toward Pinkneys Green.
- Wind and the Willows Walk. Starting at Cockham Dean, follow this moderate 5 mile circular walk exploring the rural community of Cookham Dean before venturing into the Woodland Trust’s ‘Wild Wood’ at Quarry and Fultness Woods. The walk passes through farmland, woodland and along quiet village lanes that inspired Kenneth Grahame, author of the classic children’s tale ‘Wind in the Willows’. MAP & DIRECTIONS
Taplow Riverside Park & Cliveden. Some nice trails and small roads around Taplow Riverside Park toward Ray Mill Island. Can include Catherine’s Walk, a 1.7 mile path north to Cliveden, where there are additional scenic trails around the gorgeous gardens and woodlands of the National Trust Cliveden and Hedsor House & Park.