Little Marlow and Bloom Wood

MODERATE 9 reviews

Little Marlow and Bloom Wood is a 7.4 kilometer loop trail located near Bourne End, Buckinghamshire, England that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.

Distance: 7.4 km Elevation Gain: 177 m Route Type: Loop

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

river

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wildlife

historic site

A circular walk starting between Bourne End and Little Marlow in Buckinghamshire. The walking route follows a short stretch of the riverside Thames Path, before heading north alongside the beautiful Spade Oak Lake. The remainder of the walk loops through rolling fields and Bloom Wood, following a short stretch of the Chiltern Way and visiting a medieval earthwork along the way. You will be rewarded with far reaching views across Buckinghamshire and Berkshire and there is plenty of wildlife along the way, on the river, on the lake and in the woodland. The walk follows a mixture of field and woodland paths (which can be muddy) plus some lane and pavement walking. There is a long steady climb (of about 90 metres) up to the woodland from the riverside and then the equivalent descent. The woodland has lots of somewhat confusing paths, so use the GPS map to help with navigation. There are a couple of road crossings over the A4155 that need care and there are a couple of stretches of road walking along country lanes. You will also cross the railway twice at pedestrian crossing points, so be sure to look and listen carefully for trains here. Most of the land is arable or managed for gamebirds (the landowner requests that dogs are on leads for some sections) and you will cross two riverside pastures that may be holding cattle (remember, the riverside path is the busy Thames Path, so the cattle are usually very accustomed to walkers, joggers and dogs). You will need to negotiate several kissing gates but there are no stiles on route. Allow 2.5 hours. There are plenty of places for refreshments along the way, including pubs in Bourne End and Little Marlow and the farm shop in Little Marlow.

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5 days ago

Detailed and easy to follow instructions. Lovely views.

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1 month ago

Varied landscape, great views. Would do it again.

A very nice walk great views and a great set of directions - we loved it.

hiking
2 months ago

Lovely walk. Clear directions. Good variety from riverside, to lake side, open hillsides, woodland and country lanes.

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