Venture into the woodlands at Cliveden

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.

A family walk at Cliveden in Buckinghamshire


Venture into the woodlands


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Exit the car park via the ornate gates near the Information Centre and immediately turn left. Having passed through a second metal gate, follow the right-hand path signed "Woodlands" to skirt the edge of the Water Garden.


Exit the Water Garden via the wooden gate and follow the avenue straight ahead. Known as Green Drive, this route will take you past our entry kiosk (take care crossing the road) and into the woodlands.


Continue along Green Drive for a further 0.6 miles (1km).


Shortly after passing the final houses in the Cliveden Village development on your left, look out for a path on your right signed 'Play Trail' in yellow writing. Turn right at the sign to follow the path away from Green Drive. For the Play Trail, follow the yellow arrows to the right. To continue on this walk, bear left.

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In approximately 180ft (50m), where the path splits again, take the right hand fork. Note: to visit the Woodland Lounge where you will find toilets and a picnic area follow the left fork. The building will come into view to your left, just around the corner. If visiting the lounge, retrace your step to this point to continue the walk (do not proceed further along the left fork as the paths do not rejoin).


After a further 100ft (30m), at the 'T' junction, turn right.


Continue along the wide path to follow the cliff top, following finger posts to "Dukes Statue". To your left, you'll start to catch glimpses of the surrounding countryside and River Thames below.

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The path eventually brings you to a viewpoint with sweeping views over the countryside. Follow the path to your right (away from the river) where you'll see a striking view of Cliveden House and the Parterre. Continue along this lime avenue to rejoin Green Drive.

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At the second cross roads bear left onto Green Drive and follow the finger posts to retrace your steps back to the Water Garden.


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Venture into the woodlands at Cliveden


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.

Venture into the woodlands at Cliveden

Contact us

01628 60506

Venture into the woodlands at Cliveden

How to get here

Cliveden, Taplow, Maidenhead, Buckinghamshire, SL1 8NS
By train

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

By road

By car: 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

By boat: Hire a boat in Maidenhead or Windsor and travel to Cliveden on the River Thames. 24-hour mooring fee £10. Mooring available for half a mile downstream from Cliveden boathouse

By bicycle

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

Venture into the woodlands at Cliveden

Facilities and access

  • 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.