Cliveden blue walking trail

Cliveden, Taplow, Maidenhead, Bucks, SL6 0JA

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Discover the life-sized carved wooden elephant © National Trust / Liz Ward

Discover the life-sized carved wooden elephant

Enjoy a walk with the family at Cliveden © NTPL/John Millar

Enjoy a walk with the family at Cliveden

Test balancing and den building skills at the Woodland Play Trail © NTPL/Jason Ingram

Test balancing and den building skills at the Woodland Play Trail

Route overview

Cliveden’s spectacular country estate overlooks the River Thames and is open daily for most of the year. There are acres of woodlands to explore and a woodland play trail hidden amongst the trees. On this family friendly route, children can let their imaginations run wild and discover for themselves what the woods have to offer.

Route details

See this step-by-step route marked on a map

A map showing the blue walking trail in the woodlands at Cliveden
  • Directions
  • Route
  • Bus stop
  • Parking
  • Toilet
  • Viewpoint

Start: Woodland car park, grid ref: SU909832

  1. 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.

    Show/HideWood carvings

    Discover the elephant, bear and tiger wood carvings as well as the famous Cliveden snails ornately crafted by local woodcarver Nick Garnett. These wooden snails, carved using a chainsaw, were 'imported' from Rome in 1896 and depict the tiny ‘papillifera papillaris’ snail living in the Borghese Balustrade.

    Discover the life-sized carved wooden elephant © NTPL/National Trust / Liz Ward
  2. Continue down the slope and past the carved Cliveden snails. If you look out at the viewing area ahead you can see views of Berkshire countryside and the River Thames below. You can also see Cliveden House Hotel to your right in the distance.

  3. Turn right and follow the path straight along the cliff top.

    Show/HideMiles of woodlands

    There are miles of woodland paths and hidden trails to explore. Enjoy a family walk and let children’s imaginations run wild. Don’t forget to also keep a close eye out for the variety of birds, bats and bugs that live here, and if you're feeling adventurous, why not do a spot of bug hunting?

    Enjoy a walk with the family at Cliveden © NTPL/John Millar
  4. At the blue marker post, turn right onto an avenue of lime trees.

  5. Follow signs to the Woodland Play Trail, where children can imagine, explore and discover what the woods have to offer.

    Show/HideWoodland Play Trail

    A wild woodland trail with a difference…around every corner you’ll find a new place to play and test your climbing, balancing and den building skills. Explore Clive’s Den big enough for the whole family and play the musical wooden chimes. Look out for signs on route that will lead you to this exciting trail.

    Test balancing and den building skills at the Woodland Play Trail © NTPL/Jason Ingram
  6. Continue back along the avenue of lime trees, following the blue route markers and turn right when you reach the junction. This avenue, known as Green Drive, leads you back to the woodland car park.

    Show/HideExtend your walk...

    Alternatively, turn left at this junction to explore the gardens and make use of our refreshment facilities 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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Cotswold Outdoor logo © NTPL/Cotswold Outdoor
  • Trail: Walking
  • Grade: Easy
  • Distance: 1.58 miles (2.54km)
  • Time: 45 minutes
  • OS Map: Explorer 172 (Chiltern Hills East)
  • Terrain:

    This walk follows footpaths and gravel pathways through the woods. Ideal for families and easy terrain for buggies. (Please note, play trail activities are situated off the paths). Dogs are welcome in our woodlands.

  • How to get here:

    By bike: Approximately one mile north of Taplow on Cliveden Road

    By train: Taplow station 1.3 miles (2km) (not Sunday); 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 £8. Mooring available for half a mile downstream from Cliveden boathouse

    By car: 1.3 miles (2km) north of Taplow; leave M4 at junction 7 on to 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

    Admission charges apply.


  • Facilities:

    Car parking at the woodland car park.

    Please note, there are no toilet or refreshment facilities in the woodlands.

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