Cliveden blue walking trail

Cliveden, Taplow, Maidenhead, Buckinghamshire, SL6 0HJ

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Get outdoors and enjoy a walk in the woodlands © NTPL/John Millar

Get outdoors and enjoy a walk in the woodlands

Meet a life-sized elephant in the woodlands © NTPL/National Trust / Liz Ward

Meet a life-sized elephant in the woodlands

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 woodlands overlook the River Thames and are open daily for most of the year. There are acres of woodlands to explore and a 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

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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 viewpoint’. Go through the large kissing gate on your right and continue. The elephant and bear wood carvings will be on your right. Follow the route to the left past the picnic benches.

    Get outdoors and enjoy a walk in the woodlands © NTPL/John Millar
  2. Continue down the slope and past the carved wooden 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. Turn right after this view point and follow the path along the cliff top.

    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.

    Meet a life-sized elephant in the woodlands © NTPL/National Trust / Liz Ward
  3. Continue to follow the main path. If you take a viewing detour please proceed with caution and ensure you return to the main path.

    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. Here you can make a detour to your left by following signs to Clive's Den where children can imagine and explore what the woods have to offer. When you have finished you little adventure retrace your steps to the avenue of lime trees. At the end of the avenue, turn right when you reach the junction. Shortly, you'll see a sign to the Play Trail on your right.

    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. Look out for signs to the Play Trail on your right after you have turned onto Green Drive.

    Test balancing and den building skills at the Woodland Play Trail © NTPL/Jason Ingram
  6. This avenue, known as Green Drive, leads you back to the woodland car park. At its end the avenue will narrow. Take the kissing gate on your right. Head straight through the central small walkway with fields on your left before entering a sheltered woodland area back to the woodland car park.

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 circular walk follows grass and stone studded earth footpaths through the woods. Largely level terrain with occasional gentle slopes. Suitable for all-terrain buggies. May get muddy in wet weather. 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. Bike racks in woodland car park.

    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 £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 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.

     

  • Facilities:

    • Car 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.

    Please check our opening times before you visit. Admission charges apply.

     

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