Bourne End to Burnham Beeches

  • March 16, 2014 · 10:45 AM
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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 a
nd 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 Safety

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

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  • Isabelle

    Well, what a great day! sunshine from dawn to dusk and lots of friendly people, thank you all :)

    1 · March 17

  • Lyndon

    the first sighting of butterflies, first sightiong of shorts!, plus a rare Amazonian lady walking on springs! what could be better.

    1 · March 17

  • Stuart P.

    Spring has sprung ! A great day out yesterday, many thanks

    March 17

  • Sharon

    Beautiful scenery, blue sky, and great company! Thanks everyone :)

    March 17

  • Gareth P.

    Beautiful day and nice walk - all good!

    March 17

  • Ellie

    What a great walk it was and what amazing weather we had!! Look forward to the berkamsted one in a couple of week's time

    March 17

  • David C.

    A really good picturesque walk in the sunshine. Thanks Leaon and Isabelle

    March 17

  • Adrienne D.

    Gorgeous day and equally gorgeous company .... thank you !

    March 17

  • Prema Claire P.

    Beautiful sunny walk, lovely route but if we could walk earlier we could all spend longer socialising after the walk :)

    1 · March 16

  • Marjorie M.

    Great day. Thanks Leon and Isabelle

    March 17

  • Rod G.

    Lovely long walk, sun, very little mud, good conversation, thoroughly enjoyed the day. Sasha and Misty are knackered.

    1 · March 16

    • Trish

      Luke (and me) too.

      1 · March 16

  • cindy

    Lovely!!!!

    March 16

  • Vin

    Really enjoyed today, thank you

    March 16

  • Stacey

    FABULOUS! Wow, what a difference some sunshine makes. Lovely long walk, great company, crazy boots and lots of doggies running around...really wonderful day! Thanks Leon and Izzy and congratulations Colin

    March 16

  • A former member
    A former member

    Brilliant day! Thanks everyone.

    March 16

  • Steen

    Good weather, pleasant countryside stroll. Very nice people. Arigato, Cliff - I couldn't have run back.

    March 16

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for organising a great walk

    March 16

  • Antonia

    how wonderful to walk in sunshine. Great route and well organised, as ever. Thanks very much.

    1 · March 16

  • Judith

    Thanks Leon and Izzy for yet another great walk with great company and weather. Really enjoyed myself! Looking forward to next Sunday! Judithx

    March 16

  • Liam

    What a beautiful day !
    The walk was a really nice mix of open countryside and woodland. Thank you Isabelle and Leon !

    1 · March 16

  • Trish

    Spring is here! Lovely weather and walk. Thanks Leon & Izzy.

    1 · March 16

  • Fran

    Is anyone travelling from London? I'm on the waiting list but still :-)

    March 13

    • cindy

      I am going from Paddington…see you there?

      March 16

  • A former member
    A former member

    So sorry to drop out late. Recuperating from a bad cold. Have only just seen the drop out policy and am new to meet up - so hope I will be forgiven this time! I hope someone will be able to fill my place.

    March 15

  • Anna H.

    Sorry to drop out so late... Just got back from a week of ski-ing and don't think my poor overworked body could cope with a long hike! Enjoy the sunshine! See you all soon

    1 · March 15

  • Fran

    I'm confident that I will be promoted from waitlist to attendee.... but isn't there anyone driving from london-ish... please? By train it takes a looooong time :-D Thanks ♡

    March 14

  • Rod G.

    Really want to go on this one,missed out for the last few weeks, come on who wants to have the flu, hang over, alien abduction, bad knees,sore feet, malaria?
    lol....

    2 · March 14

  • caroline h.

    I'm going to have pull out, as I have a bad cold and I'm not going to be fit enough by Sunday. Shame as I was looking forward to it.

    March 14

  • Susana G.

    Removed myself from waiting list as Ellie had kindly added me as a guest and is attending the walk! Thanks Ellie :o)

    March 14

    • Ellie

      you're welcome :)) x

      March 14

  • Susana G.

    Happy to give anyone a lift from St Albans -if I can get off the waiting list!! :o)

    March 12

    • Leah W.

      I'm also in St. Albans and on the waiting list so let me know if you want to share lifts!

      March 14

    • Susana G.

      Sure Leah, let me know if you're going and can give you lift!

      March 14

  • John M.

    Hi Colin / Leon / Izzywhizzyletsgetbusy, did i hear on a previous Chiltern Explorer's walk that you were considering running two similar walks from this start point, to cater for more people? I'm currently WELL down the waiting list and thought if there's not much chance of me being able to attend, i'll fathom out something else to do on this day. :-)

    March 8

    • John M.

      No probs Colin. I'll keep an eye on the wait list. If it gets near the time and it looks as if i won't be able to come, i'll remove my name. (LAST thing i want is a 'No show')! If i don't see you at Bourne End, i'll most likely go to the Natural History Museum and have a look at their early human exhibition. :-)

      March 12

    • John M.

      Hee hee hee, that's peeps that lived in this country a long time ago... NOT peeps that live in Early now! ;-)

      March 12

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