Image of walking


Cliveden red walking trail


Enjoy tranquil riverside scenery as well as stunning views of the Berkshire countryside on this moderate trail along the riverbank and through the woods.

Impressive grounds overlooking the River Thames

Cliveden's spectacular country estate overlooks the River Thames and is open daily for most of the year. For more than 350 years it has been a place of history, mystery, intrigue and scandal. Scandal hit most recently in the 1960s, when Cliveden was famously linked to the Profumo Affair.

View from the woodlands towards Cliveden House, Buckinghamshire
Cliveden National Trust / Hannah Purcell


Map route for Cliveden red walking trail
© Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey


Woodland car park, grid ref: SU909832


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.

Read more


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.


At the red marker post (where the finger post indicates the 'River'), take the sharp left onto a steep sloping track down towards the river (take care, as this is slippery when wet). At the bottom, take the right fork back on yourself, following the finger post towards 'House and Gardens'. Continue along the path with the river on your left.


Continue along the riverside path, passing the islands and watching for bird life.

Read more


At the point where you reach Spring Cottage on your left, where the red marker indicates, bear right up the steep and winding steps, located beside the cottage. Climb to the top.

Read more


Pass the Sequoia ring on your left and take the steps on your right up to the Duke of Sutherland’s Statue. If you look out from here you will see views of Cliveden House and the Parterre. Looking out from the statue, take the path to your left, signposted 'Viewpoint' (with the river below you on your right).

Read more


Continue along the cliff top path.


When you reach the red marker turn left into an avenue of lime trees.


Follow this path to its end. Turn right when you reach the junction. This avenue, known as Green Drive, leads you back to the woodland car park. At its end the avenue will narrow.

Read more


Take the kissing gate on your right. Head straight through the central small walkway with fields on your left before entering a sheltered wooded area back to the woodland car park.


Woodland car park, grid ref: SU909832

You made it

Following this trail on mobile or tablet? Share your experience.

Cliveden red walking trail


This walk follows footpaths and studded stone pathways through the woods and along the riverbank. Moderate terrain, with one steep walk down to the river near the start and steep steps uphill further on.

Dogs are welcome in our woodland.

Cliveden red walking trail

Contact us

Cliveden red walking trail

How to get here

Cliveden, Taplow, Maidenhead, Buckinghamshire, SL6 0HJ
By train

Taplow station 1.3 miles (2km) (not Sunday); Burnham 3 miles (4.8km).

By road

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.

By ferry

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 bicycle

Approximately 1 mile (1.6km) north of Taplow on Cliveden Road.

Cliveden red walking trail

Facilities and access

  • Please note, there are no refreshment facilities in the woodlands
  • Please check our opening times before you visit. Admission charges apply.
  • Dogs are welcome in our woodland
  • Toilets located at Woodland Lounge