Walking

Walking trail

Cookham and Cock Marsh walk

Walking trail

Follow this moderate 4 mile circular walk along riverside paths, through lush meadows and over chalk grassland slopes to enjoy panoramic views across the Thames Valley.

Please keep dogs on a short lead or under close control around livestock.

Flood meadows at Cock Marsh, Cookham

Map

Map of Cookham Moor to Cock Marsh walking trail

Elevation

Stanley Spencer walking trail elevation map, Cookham Common

Start:

Cookham Moor car park

1

Start at the National Trust Car Park at Cookham Moor. Cross the road (B4447) and take the short path up to the Fleet Bridge and onto the causeway.

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Bridge over Strand Water, Cookham Moor, Berkshire

2

Turn left at the bridge and follow the causeway towards the War Memorial and Cookham village high street.

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View of the causeway over Cookham Moor from Fleet Bridge

3

Staying on the south side of The High Street, continue through the village until you reach the Stanley Spencer Gallery on your right. You are now at the junction of the B4447 and the A4094.

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Stanley Spencer Gallery, Cookham High Street

4

From the Stanley Spencer Gallery, cross the High Street (B4447) and follow the A4094 north for about 75 metres past the Tarry Stone on your right. Turn left down Church Gate and after a further 50 metres, turn right into the churchyard of Holy Trinity Church.

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MCC Holy Trinity Church, Cookham

5

Follow the path to the left of the Church for about 200 metres, go through a gate and you'll reach the Thames Path. Here turn left again, following the riverside path as it gently curves to the north. After about a kilometre along the waterside, you'll go through a gate onto Cock Marsh. Commoners graze cattle here so please keep your dogs on leads or under close control.

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Great crested grebes on the River Thames, Cock Marsh, Berkshire

6

Continue along the edge of the Thames, with Cock Marsh on your left and the river on your right. After another 500 metres cross under a railway bridge, now with houses on your left and the river on your right. The Bounty pub can be found along this stretch of river. At the end of the line of riverside buildings go through a gate and immediately turn left. Heading away from the river and follow the broad grassy path towards the slope of Winter Hill. Look out for the Bronze-age burial mounds to either side of the path.

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A bronze-age burial mound at Cock Marsh, Berkshire

7

The path passes to the left of the largest of the burial mounds. Continue in the same direction for a further 250 metres, towards a wooden boardwalk. The boardwalk crosses an ancient, abandoned channel of the Thames, and still floods regularly in winter. Cross the boardwalk towards a wooden bench (be careful, it can be slippery when wet) and turn right* on a broad gravel and grass track. (*If you wish to avoid the short but steep climb up Winter Hill, turn left along the broad gravel track and follow it around the base of the hill and under the railway, to reach point 11 on the route. This route is level all the way back to the car park.)

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Boardwalk over marshland, Cock Marsh, Cookham

8

Follow the track west with the steep slope on your left and Cock Marsh on your right. After about 400 metres you will reach a junction of paths by a hollow in the hillside. Here turn sharp left taking the steep path uphill for 200 metres, where you will meet a crossing path. Here turn sharp right and continue on a more-or-less level path for 150 metres. Look out for an uphill path to a wooden gate on your left.

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Common spotted orchid in meadow grass

9

Head up the slope, through the wooden gate and continue straight ahead along the edge of a field, with a fence on your left. Here you'll see down river with parts of Cliveden House visible on the distant hilltop. As you approach a cluster of buildings, turn left onto a waymarked footpath heading gently downhill following the hedge on your right. At the end of the hedge continue straight ahead along the public right of way across Winter Hill Golf Course. You'll eventually reach a bridge over the railway line.

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View of Cliveden House from Cock Marsh, Berkshire

10

Cross the bridge and turn immediately right, following the grassy path keeping to the edge of the golf course. The path leads to a small car park and heads towards a lane. Just before you reach the lane turn left along a waymarked footpath, which is initially a track but soon becomes a narrower path between a hedge on your right and a paddock on your left.

11

On reaching a kissing gate, turn right following a footpath between a stream (Strand Water) on your left and some paddocks on your right. When the path meets a crossing track, turn right into Cookham Moor car park where you started the walk.

End:

Cookham Moor car park

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Cookham and Cock Marsh walk

Terrain

Most of the walk is on level grassy footpaths with no stiles. There is one short, steep climb up Winter Hill which can be avoided if required (see walking instructions, point 7).   

Walking boots are strongly recommended and some parts of the route are prone to flooding in the winter.    Help us keep the Commons a safe, healthy and enjoyable place for you and your dog, other visitors, wildlife and livestock. Cattle graze on Cock Marsh from April to November.  

Please keep your dog on a lead or under close control and use the dog bins provided.       

 

Cookham and Cock Marsh walk

Contact us

Email: maidenheadandcookham@nationaltrust.org.uk

Cookham and Cock Marsh walk

How to get here

Address
Cookham Moor National Trust car park, Cookham, Berkshire
By train

The nearest railway stations are Bourne End and Cookham, both within 10 minutes walk from Cookham village.

By road

From the A4094, take the B4447 into the High Street. Go through the village centre to the Cookham Village Memorial and Cookham Moor. The car park (National Trust) is a further 200 metres on the right.

By foot

Please see OS map 172 for detailed rights of way. Cookham is also on the Thames Path national trail. 

By bus

Route 37 to Cookham runs between Maidenhead and High Wycombe and through the village. The nearest bus stop is at Cookham Village Memorial.

By bicycle

Cookham is easily accessible by bicycle from Maidenhead on National Cycle Network Route 52. Please note that no cycling is allowed on the trail including the Thames Path. 

Cookham and Cock Marsh walk

Facilities and access

  • Public toilets are located behind the Stanley Spencer Gallery.
  • There are several public houses, cafes and shops in Cookham.
  • Parking at Cookham Moor National Trust car park.