The smaller commons of Maidenhead and Cookham

Bridge over Strand Water, Cookham Moor, Berkshire

Maidenhead and Cookham Commons is a series of commons, stretching from Cookham in the east, Maidenhead Thicket in the west, and to North Town Moor on the northern edge of Maidenhead. In total, we look after nearly 900 acres here. Although the larger commons of Cock Marsh, Pinkneys Green and Maidenhead Thicket may be the most visited, there are many other tranquil havens to explore.

Cookham Moor

Located in the heart of Cookham Village, the Moor is often a focal point for local events and fetes in the summer months. On quieter days you may be lucky enough to see a kingfisher perching above the pond. As well as walking on the Moor and exploring the shops and restaurants of the village, this is a good starting point for an extended walk along the river Thames to Cock Marsh.
 
Access: Our car park is on the B4447 road. Alternatively, it is approximately half a mile from Cookham station to Cookham Moor.
 

Widbrook

Grazed by commoners since Elizabeth I leased the land to villagers in 1597, the pretty stream White Brook or Widbrook, winds its way through these permanent pastures. You’ll find cattle grazing here in the summer but take care in winter months as the fields lie in the flood plain of the River Thames.
 
Access: on foot, unfortunately there is no car park here
 

Winter Hill

Rising to height of 280 feet, Winter Hill offers panoramic views over the River Thames towards Marlow. We’re helping the grasslands to flourish here by removing any encroaching scrub such as brambles and self-seeded sapling trees.
 
Access: our car park can be found on Winter Hill Road (SU 869 860).
 

Cookham Dean Commons

This collection of commons are central to the character of Cookham Dean and create a chain of grassland habitats through the landscape. In the summer months community events are often held on the Cricket Common.
 
Access: our main car park is on Winter Hill Road, north of the junction with Choke Lane.
 

North Town Moor

Once part of extensive common lands on the northern edge of Maidenhead, North Town Moor was all but surrounded when the town expanded during the Victorian period. We work with the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead to look after this area of important urban green space which includes running a community orchard.
 
Access: on foot from Maidenhead town centre or Furze Platt railway station. There is also a small car park on Moor Lane (SU 889 824).
 

Brick and Tile Works

The former site of the Maidenhead Brick and Tile Company in Pinkney’s Green, has been reclaimed by nature with the old clay pits forming ponds rich in wildlife including rare great crested newts. As well as being a great place to spot pond life and dragonflies, you’ll also find our woodland play trail nearby with balance beams, tunnels to explore and a spot for a picnic.
 
Access: there is car parking on Malders Lane, off Winter Hill Road (SU 863 832).