Cookham wetland and wildlife trail

Walking trail

Follow this leisurely 2.8 mile circular walk south from Cookham Moor along the Strand Water, meeting up with White Brook stream and Widbrook Common before rejoining the Moor.

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


Map of Cookham Wetland and Wildlife walking trail


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Cookham Moor car park


Start at the National Trust Car Park at Cookham Moor. Being wary of traffic, cross the road (B4447) and take the short path up to the Fleet Bridge Turn right, crossing the Fleet Bridge and follow the elevated causeway to its end. Here turn left, following the Green Way West sign, through a wooden pedestrian gate alongside the entrance gate to Chadsworth House.

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Bridge over Strand Water, Cookham Moor, Berkshire


Follow the sign-posted Green Way path for 20 minutes (1.25 km) through several gates until you meet a gate leading to a crossing path and a narrow footbridge. Here turn right, across the footbridge, and then immediately left following the Green Way West across an open field for 7 minutes (350m).


At the next junction, continue straight ahead on the Green Way West for 1 minute (50m) and then leave the Green Way, turning left onto a footpath signposted as the Maidenhead Boundary Walk. Continue along the path for 10 minutes (500m), until you reach a gate leading to another narrow footbridge across White Brook, leading onto Widbrook Common.

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Widbrook Common, Berkshire


Follow the path that runs alongside the hedge on your left (you will pass a wooden seat on your left) for 5 minutes (250m) until you reach a wooden gate. Go through the gate and cross the field. On reaching the corner of the field turn right along the Green Way East, following the field boundary, with Strand Water on your left.

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Strand Water from Widbrook Common, Berkshire


On reaching a crossing track at a field boundary, continue straight ahead on the Green Way East, with a field on your left and a field boundary on your right. As the field ends, continue along the path between buildings and gardens. You will soon emerge at a road which skirts the southern side of Cookham Moor. If you wish to visit Cookham Village, turn right. Otherwise, turn left, keeping to the right of the entrance to Moor Hall and Conference Centre. Follow the Green Way West across Cookham Moor until you reach the causeway. Turn left on the causeway towards the Fleet Bridge. Just before the bridge, turn right, cross the road and return the car park where you started.

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Cookham Village from Cookham Moor


Cookham Moor car park

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The walk is on level ground on soft footpaths; however you will need to cross the B4447 road twice at Cookham Moor. Care should be taken when crossing these roads and when using tracks and paths accessible by bicycles. There are no stiles. Dogs are welcome, but must be kept under strict control as livestock grazed on several parts of the route. Some paths can be muddy and slippery after prolonged or heavy rain, and some parts of the route are prone to flooding in the winter.  Waterproof shoes, wellingtons or walking boots are highly recommended after heavy rainfall. After periods of prolonged, heavy rainfall, you are advised to check the Environment Agency’s website for flood warnings and advice before setting off.

Cookham wetland and wildlife trail

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Cookham wetland and wildlife trail

How to get here

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

The nearest railway station to the route is in Cookham Station, which is only 600 meters from the Fleet Bridge.  From the station, turn right into Station Hill. At a mini-roundabout, continue in the same direction into The Pound. Pass the White Oak to reach a second mini-roundabout, and then continue into Cookham Moor. You will see the Fleet Bridge ahead of you to the right. (Point 2 on the walk).

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 wetland and wildlife trail

Facilities and access

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