THE BENEFITS OF WALKING
On the edge of the Chilterns, Marlow has some of the most spectacular walks with classic English countryside views. Walking is a great way to explore the area and feel refreshed, relaxed, happy and healthy. It can improve your mood and help you sleep.
Walks from Shillingridge
Blueys Farm Valley Circular Walk
Length: 1.7 miles / Time: 30mins
Walk along the Frieth Road and turn left into Shillingridge woods. At the bottom of the hill turn left along the bottom of the wood. Follow the path into the fields, past Blueys Farm House, up the hill. Cross over the Frieth Road and walk past Spring Cottage on your left. Walk along the country lane through Holme Wood. When you get to the first gate on your left walk up the hill back to your lodge.
Length: 5 miles / Time: 1.5 hours
Walk along the Lower Woodend Road past the fields stables and brick and flint house. Follow the footpath to your right across the field then turn right onto Woodend House Road, Follow this road until you come to two brick and flint cottages, turn left onto the footpath, then right across the field over the style into the fields of with Woodend house on your right, climb the style and follow the path on your left until you get back to Woodend House Road, then follow your footsteps back to Shillingridge.
To the Royal Oak Circular walk
Time 40 mins
Walk along the Frieth Road and turn left into Shillingridge woods, go through the metal gate on the right, turn right onto the track. Follow this path until it becomes Munday Dean Lane. Go past Munday Dean Farm on your right with its large hare sculptures. When you see the bridleway on your left take the footpath to your right to the top of the hill, then take the right path and you will see the Royal Oak across the road on your left.
To walk back through Marlow Common follow the directions on All trails to waypoint 4 then turn right onto Lower Woodend Road and this will bring you back to your lodge.
Length: 9 miles round trip / Time: 4-6 hours
If you’re feeling energetic you could walk to Hambleden, it's a 9-mile round trip so will probably take between 4 - 6 hours depending on how long you stay in Hambleden. This is a challenging walk with lots of hills and amazing views.
Download https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/footpath-route-planner/id634845718 for the directions.
Walks Further Afield
Length: 5 miles round trip / Time: 2.5 hours
There are lots of walks around Hambleden. For a walk around the valley it’s five miles and will take about 2.5 hours. Follow the national trust map. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chilterns-countryside/trails/hambleden-and-pheasants-hill-trail
For a walk to the river from Hambleden it’s about 5.5. miles follow https://www.nationaltrail.co.uk/app/uploads/hambleden_medmenham_circular_walk1.pdf
Thames path Marlow to Bourne End
Length: 4.5 miles
For a walk along the river from Marlow to Bourne End.
Thames Path Marlow to Temple Lock
Length: 2.9 miles / Time: 1- 2 hours
For an easy walk on the flat try taking the Thames path towards Henley, past Bisham Church and Abbey, walk to Temple Lock, turn right follow the road to the public footpath and walk through the fields past Penns Place and back into Marlow by the cricket club.
Walks in Henley
Various lengths: From 2.5 - 7.5 miles
There are several walks from Henley along the river and enjoy the beautiful local villages where you can stop off for something to eat. https://www.visitthames.co.uk/dbimgs/thames%26chilternswalks.pdf
Turville is a beautiful village about 4 miles away. It appears in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle of 796 as “Thyrefeld” (meaning “dry field”). It's brick and flint cottages make it a perfect site for film and TV, including “The Vicar of Dibley”. The parish church of St. Mary the Virgin dates from the 1100s. The windmill on the hill is actually in Ibstone and its correct name is the “Cobstone Windmill”. It appeared in the film “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”.
For a 6 mile walk with amazing views try Fancy Free walks.