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Cliveden views walking trail


Positioned on top of chalk cliffs and overlooking the River Thames, Cliveden's magnificent gardens and woodlands offer breathtaking views that have been admired for centuries. The spot was chosen by the 2nd Duke of Buckingham in 1666 for its striking view to the River Thames. On this route you will discover some of the lesser-known beauty spots and glorious views.

Countryside surrounding Cliveden in Buckinghamshire
The view from the balcony of the chapel, Cliveden National Trust / Meghan Doran


Map of views trail at Cliveden
© Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey


Cliveden main car park, OS Grid Ref: SU910856Ca


Turn right out of the car park and walk to the Fountain of Love.

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Walk past the fountain and down the grass avenue known as Queen Anne’s walk to the large urn at the other end. If you look back from the urn, you will see a framed view of the fountain. Walk past the urn and bear right towards the Blenheim Pavilion and amphitheatre.

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Continue to follow the same path and bear left.

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Continue along the same path and bear left when the route splits. Follow this path uphill and turn right at the next junction. Go through the gate and follow the path in front of you, signposted ‘Chapel’. Visit the chapel on your right for views over the Berkshire countryside.

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At the next junction, bear left and follow signs to the ‘Tortoise Fountain’. Go through the wooden gate on your right and take the steps down to the fountain.

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Continue to walk down the steps and follow the path straight ahead. At the next junction take the third exit, walking down steep steps and uneven terrain through the woods. (Be careful, this may be slippery when wet.) The path leads to a road with the river in front of you.

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Cross the road and walk straight ahead towards the river, following the gravel path. Walk past the boathouse and continue on this path until you reach Spring Cottage.


With Spring Cottage on your right, make a u-turn up the steep, narrow steps through the woods. Continue to follow the steps uphill and bear right at the Sequoia Ring. This path will lead you to the Duke of Sutherland’s statue on your left and a viewpoint on your right looking out over surrounding Berkshire countryside.

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Take the path through the avenue of lime trees, signposted ‘Green Drive’. At the next crossroads, turn left and follow the gravel path through the woods.


At the next crossroads, turn right and follow the road uphill. (Be careful of vehicles using the road.)


After about 50m turn left, signposted ‘To house’, and follow the path across the field. Walk up the steps through the woods and go through the gate at the top. Turn right and continue to follow the steps up to Cliveden House. Turn left at the large urn to walk to the South Terrace.

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From the South Terrace retrace your steps to the large urn and continue straight ahead through the gap in the hedge. Walk along the lawn edge at the front of Cliveden House. Go through the arch in the hedge and walk down the Grand Avenue towards the Fountain of Love. Turn right at the fountain to make your way back to the car park.


Cliveden main car park, OS Grid Ref: SU910856

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Cliveden views walking trail


This walk follows footpaths and gravel pathways through the gardens and woodlands, with one steep walk down to the river following narrow paths and steps followed by two uphill routes. Sorry, no dogs are allowed in the gardens.

Cliveden views walking trail

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Cliveden views walking trail

How to get here

Cliveden main car park, Cliveden, Taplow, Maidenhead, Buckinghamshire, SL1 8NS
By train

Taplow station 2.5 miles (4km) (not Sunday); Burnham 3 miles (4.8km)

By road

2 miles (3.2km) north of Taplow; leave M4 at junction 7 on to A4, or M40 at junction 4 onto A404 to Marlow and follow brown signs. Postcode for Sat Nav: SL1 8NS, Cliveden Road. Car parking available

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 2 miles (3.2km) north of Taplow on Cliveden Road. Cycle parking available in main car park

Cliveden views walking trail

Facilities and access

  • Car park
  • The shop and refreshment kiosk are in the main National Trust car park
  • Toilets are located in the Gas Yard (off main car park)
  • Please check our opening times before you visit. Admission charges apply.