Bourne End is on the edge of the Chilterns AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), a range of chalk hills north-west of London. The area is popular for walking with beautiful countryside, great views and picturesque villages. There are pleasant walks along the Thames Path, ¼ mile from the station, turn right and right again into Camden Place then under the railway and across the footbridge to the far side of the river.
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 website).
Cafés and picnic areas. Tel. 01628 605069.
Open Daily 1000-1700 (Nov-Feb closes 1600 or dusk if earlier).
Cliveden is 2¼ miles from Cookham station.