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National Rail | station code COO

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Cookham is an attractive and historic village and a popular place for walking, including along the Thames Path (¾ mile from station) which leaves the river to pass through the village. Cookham was the home of the artist Stanley Spencer.

Stanley Spencer Gallery ¾ mile

Paintings and drawings by Sir Stanley Spencer (1891-1959) in a former Methodist Chapel attended by Spencer as a child. Other items include letters and the pram Spencer used to carry his equipment. Tel. 01628 471885.
Open Apr-Oct, Daily 1030-1730. Nov-Mar, ThFSSu 1100-1630.

John Lewis Partnership Heritage Centre 1 mile

The story of the John Lewis business from its origins as a draper and haberdasher's shop in 1864 through to the foundation of an employee-owned business in 1928. Tel. 01628 536113.
Open Sat 1000-1600.

Cliveden NT 2¼ miles (part uphill)

Impressive gardens set high above the River Thames with far-reaching views. Water garden, maze, estate woodland and riverside paths. Cliveden was renowned for glamorous parties and political gatherings, especially when home to Nancy and Waldorf Astor in the early 20th century. The House is now a hotel but short guided tours of parts are sometimes available (see NT website). Cafés and picnic areas. Tel. 01628 605069.
Open Daily 1000-1700 (Nov-Feb closes 1600 or dusk if earlier).
Cliveden is 2 miles from Bourne End station.

Cookham and Bourne End map

Explorer Map 172 Chilterns East

Pathfinder Guide Thames and Chilterns

Thames Path in the Country