Length 11.5 km (7.1 miles)
For more Maidenhead routes, see Routes List.
Here is the northern half of the loop along the Thames River out to the village of Cookham and then back along the Green Way in Maidenhead. It's quite a long route, so feel free to just run along the river, then turn around, or just run up the Green Way as far as you feel, and cut it short.
To read more about the Green Way, just click here.
We'll start this route at the same spot as the southern route: in front of the Bear pub on Maidenhead's High Street. You will notice that a stream runs south from the street. This stream -- variously called the Maidenhead Ditch, the Cut, White Brook or York Stream -- is followed by the Green Way in both directions from this spot.
In a few blocks, High Street (after a couple of name-changes) merges into busy Bridge Road. Right where they come together, you can see the open lawn of the Moor to the north, where we will be returning later.
|Running out Bridge Road|
|Fountain and Maidenhead Bridge|
After a while, you'll see a boat house on the other side of the river. The boat house belongs to the Cliveden estate, a mansion on a magnificent hilltop grounds owned at various times by dukes, earls, the Prince of Wales and then the wealthy American Astor family. Now it's a 5-star hotel, owned by the National Trust.
|Path along the Thames|
This is a busy road, so it's best to get away from it quickly. You can do this by crossing the road straight ahead, heading down the next side street, continuing westwards on School Lane.
This quiet street curves towards the right until it runs into the main village High Street at the stone cross.
|Cookham High Street|
|Green Way waymarkers: just follow those signs!|
|Head down this driveway to continue on the Green Way|
After a farmhouse, the trail goes straight through a horse pasture: make sure you close the gates securely! At the far end of the pasture, you exit through another gate, cross a little bridge and then keep running north directly through a wide, open area of vegetable fields.
|The trail goes right through this gate, past this friendly guy|
|Green Way West: just follow the muddy path next to the ditch|
Keep going south along the gravel footpath, with houses coming closer to each side. The green areas get narrower, becoming just a small lawn along the stream.
The green area ends in a bigger lawn called the Moor, on the north side of Bridge Road, which we passed at the beginning of the run.
There's a pedestrian tunnel leading beneath Bridge Road, and you come out on Moorbridge Road (the same street as the Maidenhead High Street). Turn right and run the last few blocks back to the Bear pub.
|Maidenhead Moor at Bridge Street|