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?

Golden woodland walks

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.

A family walk at Cliveden in Buckinghamshire
Walking trail


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. In order to have access to these routes, you will either need to be a National Trust member or pay the admission fee at the entrance to the Cliveden estate.

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.

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.

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.

Red and orange autumn foliage on show from trees around The Vyne's large lake
Walking trail

The Vyne 

If you fancy a gentle stroll through pretty autumn landscapes, The Vyne’s 1.3 mile trail ticks the box. Beeches, oaks and horse chestnut trees create a buttery-coloured canopy. Look out for the lake’s liquidamber and swamp cypress trees, which turn incredible shades of crimson and purple. A little further on you’ll reach beautiful wetlands, teaming with colourful wildlife in autumn.

Winter walks in Bucks, Berks and Oxfordshire

Spring walks in Bucks, Berks and Oxfordshire

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