Cliveden green walking trail
Cliveden, Taplow, Maidenhead, Buckinghamshire, SL6 0HJRoute details and mapDownload as a print friendly PDF
Overlooking the River Thames, Cliveden's woodlands are open daily for most of the year. On this short stroll you'll discover a former owner of the estate as well as glorious views of the surrounding countryside that are only available on foot.
- Bus stop
Start: Woodland car park, grid ref: SU909832
From the woodland car park follow the path signposted 'picnic and sculpture area' and go through the kissing gate. The elephant and bear wood carvings will be on your right. Follow the route to the left past the picnic benches.
Continue down the slope and past the carved wooden Cliveden snails. At the viewing area ahead take a moment to look out over the Berkshire countryside and River Thames below. To your right, you'll also catch your first glimpse of Cliveden House in the distance.
Built on a 200ft (61m) chalk cliff with a dene or valley running below, the estate was originally named Clief-dene. The Duke of Buckingham built the first great house here in the 1660s, capitalising on the elevated position. The far-reaching views were much admired by Buckingham’s contemporaries, including the diarist John Evelyn.
Turn right and follow the path straight along the cliff top.
Following the green route markers, the path will eventually lead you to a viewpoint where there are sweeping views of the countryside below. The Duke of Sutherland's statue will be on your right and from here there is one of the best views of Cliveden House and the Parterre.
This marble statue of the Duke of Sutherland once sat on the Grand Avenue until Lord Astor moved it to make way for the arrival of the Fountain of Love. The current position of the statue is known as the Duke's Seat and can be seen from the South Terrace. If you look out from the statue you will see widespread views of Cliveden House, the Parterre and surrounding countryside.
A few steps down the woodland path you'll find the Sequoia Ring. Then retrace your steps to the Duke's Seat.
The sequoia section, a 16ft 6in (5.03m) section of Californian Redwood, was originally imported by the 1st Lord Astor in 1897. It was suggested at the time that Lord Astor brought it here in order to win a bet, wagering that a single section of redwood could seat 40 people for dinner. It is the largest known section of a sequoia gigantean in Britain and is now kept under cover to protect it from the weather.
Continue following the green route markers, along the path through the avenue of trees. Turn right at the next junction. This avenue, known as Green Drive, leads you back to the woodland car park.
Alternatively, turn left at this junction to explore the gardens before walking back to your car. Walking from this junction to the gardens will take you approximately 20 minutes (one way) at a moderate walking speed.
End: Woodland car park, grid ref: SU909832
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- Trail: Walking
- Grade: Easy
- Distance: 2.33 miles (3.75km)
- Time: 1 hour
- OS Map: Explorer 172 (Chiltern Hills East)
This circular walk follows grass and stone studded earth footpaths through the woods above the River Thames. It's easy, largely flat terrain although there are some short, gentle slopes. Dogs are welcome on this walking trail.
- How to get here:
By bike: Approximately one mile north of Taplow on Cliveden Road.
By train: Taplow station 1.3 miles (2km) (not Sundays); Burnham 3 miles (4.8km).
By boat: Hire a boat in Maidenhead or Windsor and travel to Cliveden on the River Thames. 24-hour mooring fee £9. Mooring available for half a mile downstream from Cliveden boathouse.
By car: 1.3 miles (2km) north of Taplow; leave M4 at junction 7 onto A4, or M40 at junction 4 onto A404 to Marlow and follow brown signs for the woodland car park. Postcode for Sat Nav: SL6 0HJ.
- Parking at the woodland car park.
- Toilets and picnic area at the Woodland Lounge, just off Green Drive. Please note there are no refreshment facilities in the woodlands.
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