Walk length 13 miles/20 km approx. Circular.
A scenic country walk following a largely woodland trail from the village of Bourne End to Egypt Woods and Burnham Beeches.
Burnham Beeches covers an area of approximately 220 hectares. Many of the trees are extremely old, the oldest, the Druid Oak is estimated to be 700 years old. The majority of the trees being Beeches of which about 450 are ancient pollards, some are over 500 years old. This area is protected as a nature reserve and the roads that cross it are closed off to cars making it ideal for walkers and cyclists.
This woodland has been managed by the City of London Corporation since 1879 that incidentally also manage Hampstead Heath and Epping Forest woodlands. It has a number of historic features including the ramparts of the Seven Ways Plain Iron Age Hillfort, which was also used as a vehicle service Depot for the D-Day landings in 1944.
A number of films based at the nearby nearby Pinewood, Sheperton and Bray studios have used Burham Beeches as locations, such as Goldfinger, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix amongst others.
Lunch and Finish:
Please bring a packed lunch and water for the walk. The walk should finish at about 4.30pm and include a 30 min snack lunch stop & pub at the end, however the time may be earlier or later than this depending on the weather and pace (we have a relaxed pace which includes sightseeing and photography).
Meeting & Transport:
Meet outside Bourne End Station for 10.45am for the walk to start at 11.00am.
Train: 09.43am from London Paddington gets to Bourne End for 10.54am (change at Maidenhead). See First Great Western
I would encourage you to seek other members who are driving, or take advantage of a group save on the train. See: Group Save Advice
Car: Station Car Park at Bourne End £2 but free council car park at Wakeman Road (5mins walk), (Wakeman Road SL8 5SX).
Please leave enough time to park and check restrictions.
Please make a note of the organizers numbers - Colin[masked] and Leon 07950125826.
RSVP: The organizers monitor non-attendance; we will ban anyone who 'no shows' twice for our events. You are also asked to please update your RSVP at least 24 hours beforehand.
Please see our RSVP policy
Weather: Updates will be posted; see also BBC Weather Please see our weather policy
Dog Policy: As a group we allow and enjoy dogs on our walks however we do ask dog owners to read our dog policy
Walking is a great way to keep fit and generally very safe; however it does contain an element of risk. Before going on any of these walks you need to be reasonably fit and be prepared to be responsible for your own safety. You must wear appropriate clothing such as proper walking boots, warm and wet weather clothing and carry sufficient food and water. Please see our Terms and Conditions