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A beautiful walk in Burnham Beeches

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Just a quickie really to let those of you who aren’t in South Bucks know about Burnham Beeches, one of the loveliest, most family-friendly spots for woodland walking I’ve come across around these ‘ere parts. The image above was taken by me, no filters or funny tricky photoshop stuff. This is really what it looks like!

I’ve driven past the sign for Burnham Beeches scores of times, but I’m usually tanking it elsewhere in the car so never get around to detouring off for it. Anyhoo, over half term finally I managed to carve out the time to check it out, with three not-terribly-enthused Muddy bratlets in tow who just wanted to get home and do something important like stare at small screens and fry their brains. But let me tell you this little miracle. When we parked up, they somehow caught whiff of fun potential, because right in front of the main car park was a massive plain, just perfect for rugby tackles and performing painful headlock sequences from WWE. I tell you, it’s just a never ending pridefest being the mother of these kids.

A one minute walk took us to the outdoor cafe for quick sustenence – for the Muddy children will not march, walk, saunter or frankly even shuffle on an empty stomach – and then we headed off with a map down the most family-friendly, exquisitely relaxing paths in a loop  – with various detours to play amongst gnarled trees – that included a couple of pondy lakes (or perhaps they were lakey ponds) and a whole lot of stunning 600 year old woodland.

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I can’t think that Burnham Beeches won’t suit everyone. It’s a brilliant place to come with dogs, kids, bikes, balls and extended families. Romantic couples can ooh and ahh at the water’s edge and snog behind the trees. Exhausted parents can tank up on caffeine and let their kids roam free. Ramblers can walk for hours in the 375 hectares and not get bored. Film buffs can try to work out where exactly they filmed The Princess Bride, Goldfinger, Harry Potter, First Knight and Robin Hood Prince of Thieves. I suppose only hardened hill-and-dalers might become a bit huffy with the relentless flatness, but seriously, give your calf muscles a break and enjoy the scenery.

If Burnham Beeches is a drive for you, it’s worth knowing you’re very close to the lovely villages of Cookham, Little Marlow, Taplow and Bray (Heston territory of course) all with good food options to eat if the basic delights of the Burnham Beeches cafe fall short. Don’t forget you can use my pub map, ever expanding like the wobbly Muddy midriff, to shortcut to the very places to eat in the region. No-one in Bucks and Oxon has reviewed more pubs than me, of that I’m sure!

BTW, if you really rate a woodland park that I’ve not mentioned on the blog before (so I’m thinking places that have a cafe, and some facilities rather than, you know the entire Chilterns) I’d love to hear from you direct at [email protected] direct, or feel free put a comment in the box below this feature – a comment shared is a potential mistake halved!

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