Thames Path Hike - Maidenhead to Marlow - 10 Miles (16km)

  • February 2, 2013 · 9:30 AM
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Winter is surely the best season for hiking?  Whether you agree with this assertion or not, the days are starting to get a little longer and brighter, so it's off to explore a delightful and easily accessible stretch of the Thames Valley before Spring arrives.

The Plan

This hike follows the river upstream, so is generally on the level except for one moderate climb, which is well worth it for the views.  We will take a well-earned lunchtime pub stop (at The Ferry around 13:00) about 1/2 way through the walk in the attractive riverside town of Cookham.

Aside from the fast flowing river and picturesque countryside, there is the historic Maidenhead Rail Bridge to admire and fine views of Cliveden on the opposite bank of the river - nowadays the house is a hotel and the gardens are managed by the National Trust, but the location is perhaps better known for it's role in the scandalous Profumo affair in the 60's.

At the end of the hike in Marlow (yet another attractive riverside town), everyone is welcome to join me for more refreshments, socialising and perhaps a game or two of Scrabble at a suitable establishment, but there is also the option to head straight home at this point.

Travel

For those coming by train, we will catch the 09:57 train from Paddington (probably Platform 14) to Maidenhead (arrives 10:34). Meet in the vicinity of the information desk opposite Platform 2 on the main concourse in plenty of time (09:40 at the latest) to organise tickets and find the train.

We will get the train back to London from Marlow (at x06 each hour) at the end of the hike.  The journey takes 70 minutes and the earliest you can expect to get back to Paddington is around 18:15.

If coming by car, meet the group at Maidenhead station at 10:34 - you can get back to your vehicle by train with the group from Marlow, as it passes through Maidenhead.

Cost

£12 payable in cash on the train, which includes both the outward and return train tickets. Note that the train tickets require us to travel together in groups of 4, but we will team people up for the return journey if we split into separate groups!

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  • Valdimir

    Amazing day out, with an extremely well organized event, and enjoyed meeting this very friendly group, look forward to the next event with you Europeans, and will make an effort to also join the after-hike activities on the next one!

    February 4, 2013

  • Mirjam

    Loved it! Great hike, fantastic weather and lovely people!

    1 · February 4, 2013

  • Paul R

    There are some absolutely cracking photo's, well done the photographers amongst us. :-)

    1 · February 3, 2013

    • Oscar

      I like specially "the back marker" picture

      February 4, 2013

  • Valeria

    Very good walk, thank you Andy!

    February 3, 2013

  • Tiziana

    Very good, I would have never visited Maidenhead - what a discovery!

    February 3, 2013

  • Pedro

    Very enjoyable walk, scenaries and company. Will be back! ;)

    February 3, 2013

  • Oscar

    excellent hiking day, nice country sights and dream houses... and Marlow town!!

    summarizing: a great day with incredible people!!

    thanks Andy!!

    February 3, 2013

  • Katie

    What an all round great day which was a lot of fun. A friendly and interesting group of peoole and a lovely hike. Thank you all.

    February 3, 2013

  • Eser

    Great day with great people. Many thanks.

    February 3, 2013

  • Samir e.

    Excellent event all around

    February 3, 2013

  • Andy

    A most excellent varied gentle Winter walk with flooded fields and a fast flowing river, but only a token amount of mud! The fine Winter weather, curious donkeys and being given a lesson by the ladies in cheating at Scrabble were just some of the highlights of the day for me.

    1 · February 3, 2013

  • Marie-Andrée

    Great walk, beautiful scenery and breath taking views!

    February 3, 2013

  • Paul R

    Great hike, thanks Andy, with some lovely people and the odd donkey or two. :-)

    February 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a great hike, very enjoyable. Thanks to the organisers and look forward to join you again soon!

    February 2, 2013

  • Matthew

    Loved it! The donkeys were a highlight :-)

    1 · February 2, 2013

  • Clare M.

    Excellent, really enjoyable

    February 2, 2013

  • Maja

    Stunning scenery and not much mud. Great company ofregular and new members! A day spent with clever and witty people who see the world from different perspectives, very enjoyable! And the donkeys were funny too.

    1 · February 2, 2013

  • Ana

    Beautiful walk and nice people, Thanks Andy! And thanks Paul for the weather!! See you all soon!

    February 2, 2013

  • Oscar

    nice day, pretty path and excellent people and organization

    February 2, 2013

  • Paul h.

    Hi all I'm so sorry and gutted I missed this walk I had a terriable journey to paddington form croydon where I live I missed you all by 5 minutes and I couldn't find Andys mobile, I hope maja will understand as I really like the european group and have had some great times before. all of you have a fantastic day I know you all will I just so gutted being here in an internet cafe in paddington messageing you all now

    February 2, 2013

  • Jozef

    I just realised that I got from waiting list to Yes group. Is it possible to join you in Ealing Broadway ? Call me[masked]

    February 2, 2013

  • Pedro

    As I'll be hoping on at Ealing Broadway don't include me at the tickets for four arrangement. A couple of familiar faces should allow me to trace the group on the train. Looking forward to Saturday!

    February 1, 2013

    • Clare M.

      Hi Andy, Clare here, I will join at Ealing Broadway too as I live in West London. See you tomorrow

      February 1, 2013

    • Ana

      Hi all, I'll also join in Ealing Broadway, shall we meet at EB at 9:50 and buy a group ticket? By the ticket office (on the left side)?

      February 1, 2013

  • Andy

    Hi everyone, as always, please update your RSVP if you can no longer make this hike to give those on the waiting list a chance to take your place. The weather is set to be sunny with a refreshing breeze on Sat (thanks for organising this again Paul R!). I have also booked The Ferry pub in Cookham for lunch.
    See you all on Sat, Andy

    January 30, 2013

    • Ebru O

      Hi Andy, hope you enjoy and have a great time, I'm jealous. I had to remove myself from the list yesterday morning as I've been signed off work with pNeumonia :( catch you all soon once recovered.

      February 1, 2013

  • Valdimir

    Look forward to the hike, and really nice that Andy has put all the relevant information - and seems to have planned enough time to do everything without need to rush or stress on a Saturday morning - so will be great to participate!

    January 31, 2013

  • Maja

    Hi everyone, as this seems to be a very popular walk with a long waiting list, I'd like to ask you once again to remove yourself from the RSVP list today if you are unable to attend. Members who drop off the list after tomorrow morning will be removed from the Club. The first 10 people on the waiting list should assume that they can join the walk because there is always a last minute drop off as some members think it is clever to "reserve" a spot.

    January 31, 2013

  • Ebru O

    Please let there be space! Will be my first hike in about 5 years!

    January 1, 2013

    • Ebru O

      In bed since Saturday evening with the worst flu ever. I am high on antibiotics and hope I can recover by Saturday. I will confirm definite attendance tomorrow, depending on speed of recovery. Andy, thank you for increasing the capacity, pending good health, I'll be there.

      January 30, 2013

  • Marie-Andrée

    Love places of interest with a History....can't wait! do we get to see the chair that Christine Keeler used to struck THAT pose? :)

    January 4, 2013

    • Andy

      Alas, Cliveden will be tantalisingly on the other side of the river to our walk on this occasion, but we will return to a NT property in September for the Heritage Open Day hike.

      January 11, 2013

    • Marie-Andrée

      Cool, will be sure not to miss it :)

      January 11, 2013

  • Maja

    There is always space Ebru for those who really want to be there ;-£)

    January 1, 2013

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