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Family visitors enjoying a woodland walk
A family enjoy a woodland walk | © National Trust Images/ James Dobson
Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire & Berkshire

Cliveden blue walking trail

A family-friendly woodland walk with plenty of opportunities to head off the main track to explore. Discover our natural den, complete with tree trunk picnic tables, and try out the rope swing and balancing beams along our Play Trail.

Accessing Cliveden estate

The historic country estate of Cliveden overlooks the River Thames and is open daily for most of the year. For access to these walking routes, you will need to be a National Trust member or pay the admission fee at the entrance to the estate.

Total steps: 6

Total steps: 6

Start point

Woodland car park, grid ref: SU909832

Step 1

From the woodland car park, take the path signposted ‘Viewpoint’. Go through the large kissing gate to the right. As you continue along the path, the elephant and bear wood carvings will appear on your right. Follow the route to the left past the picnic benches.

Step 2

Continue down the slope and past the carved wooden Cliveden snails. Stop at the viewing area to see the Berkshire countryside and the River Thames spread out below. To your right, in the distance, you can also see Cliveden House Hotel. After the viewpoint, turn right and follow the path along the clifftop.

Step 3

Continue following the main path. If you make a detour down one of our hidden trails, please take care and ensure you return to the main path.

Step 4

At the blue marker post, turn right onto an avenue of lime trees.

Step 5

Here you can make a detour to your left, following the signs to Clive's Den, our nature hide-out that's also a great spot for a tree trunk picnic. When you've finished your little adventure, retrace your steps to the avenue of lime trees. At the end of the avenue, take the right turn. You'll soon spot a sign to the Play Trail on your right.

Visitors enjoying the play trail at Leigh Woods, Bristol
Balancing beams on a woodland play trail | © National Trust Images / James Dobson

Step 6

This avenue, known as Green Drive, narrows towards the end. Take the kissing gate on your right and head straight through the small central walkway with fields on your left. You'll come to a sheltered woodland area that takes you back to the car park.

End point

Woodland car park, grid ref: SU909832

Trail map

Ordnance Survey map of the blue walking trail at Cliveden, Buckinghamshire
The blue walking trail at Cliveden, Buckinghamshire | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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Cliveden Road, Taplow, Maidenhead, Buckinghamshire, SL1 8NS

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