Great walks around Berkshire

It’s nature’s last hurrah before the long sleep of winter. Why not go out and enjoy the show at Basildon Park, Cliveden and Maidenhead and Cookham Commons.

Autumn casts new light on familiar landscapes

When the trees start to blaze with orange, red and gold, a shady woodland walk is transformed into a dappled golden path, fluttering with falling leaves. 

Visiting a woodland is great for both body and soul. An autumn woodland glowing with colour and rich with the smell of damp earth is a wonderful, uplifting place to be. Everyone is welcome in the woods we look after. We want them to be loved, explored and enjoyed.

There are things we can all do to help look after woodlands, such as taking litter home, picking up after our dogs and not allowing them to chase wildlife. Careful not to widen paths too, or wildflowers can't grow at the sunny edges if they're compacted by feet.

Here are some great woodland walks near you and there are lots more on the website.

Lardon Chase
Walking trail

Basildon Park 

This is a 3 mile circular walk around the meadows and woodlands that form the backdrop to the village of Streatley on the west side of the Goring Gap in West Berkshire. You will visit one of Britain’s largest areas of rare and endangered chalk grassland as well as some woodland habitats. The walk offers panoramic views towards the Chiltern Hills, the North Wessex Downs and the Oxford Vale, along with glimpses of the River Thames as it passes through the Goring Gap.

Beautiful autumn colour in the woodlands

Greys Court 

Walk in the footsteps of the Brunner family with walks all around the estate at Greys Court. You'll discover plenty on foot.

A family walk at Cliveden in Buckinghamshire
Walking trail

Cliveden 

Always wanted to see our woodlands but not sure where to start, this moderate 2 mile trail could be for you. Start at the Information Centre.

Fallen autumn leaves
Walking trail

Maidenhead and Cookham Commons 

This is a short three-mile walk through the woodland that inspired Kenneth Grahame's Wild Wood in The Wind in the Willows. On the Maidenhead and Cookham Commons website there's also a longer version.