Robert and Sue Whale present
"The Cookham Dean Challenge"
The Jolly Farmer, Cookham Dean, Berks SL6 9PD
Sunday 28th July 2013
Starting 2.15 pm
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The Walk: 2.75 miles (4.6 km) on footpaths & lanes above the Thames Valley. There are ups and down throughout, as well as a stretch through woodland, but you will be rewarded with some excellent views over the river & adjacent countryside. No stiles, but the undulating terrain is not really buggy-friendly. Kids' clues will be available on the day.
 
The Venue: The Jolly Farmer is a fine locals' pub, bought by the village in 1987 and in the 2013 Good Beer Guide. Five beers on handpump which include at least two guests and a very good food selection. On Sundays this comprises roasts, daily specials and snacks/sandwiches. It does get busy so if you want to guarantee a table you can call them on 01628 482905 to book. The pub is open all day but only serves food until about 4pm. There are a number of tables inside as well as in the garden which has a large play area. There is a medium-sized car park to the left of the pub: if this is full there are usually spaces across the road in the area bordering the church. The pub has a website at www.jollyfarmercookhamdean.co.uk
 

Walk Location Map

Grid Reference: SU 872 852
 
Directions: The Jolly Farmer, Church Road, Cookham Dean, Berks SL6 9PD
From M4 jct 8/9: take A404(M) to jct with A4 at Maidenhead Thicket roundabout. Turn right, then very soon left (signposted Pinkneys Green/Stubbings).
Turn right at Pinkneys Drive (s/p Pinkneys Green). Continue on this road, ignoring LH turn by Stag & Hounds pub. At A308 turn left (s/p Marlow) then right on Winter Hill Rd (s/p Cookham Dean/Winter Hill). Continue on this road to the pub, ignoring LH and later RH branches: the road becomes Spring Lane and then Church Road.
From M40 jct 4: take A404 south to roundabout with A308 signposted Pinkneys Green, take this road for about a mile then left by Golden Ball pub. At next junction go left on Winter Hill Rd and follow road to pub as described above.
 
Public Transport: Nearest rail station is Cookham, on the Marlow branch line from Maidenhead. Branch line trains are hourly on Sundays. Example journeys from London Padd (change at Maidenhead in all cases):
dep Padd 1040, arr Cookham 1142.
dep Padd 1204, arr Cookham 1245.
dep Cookham 1820 arr Padd 1922.
dep Cookham 1920, arr Padd 2022.
It's about a mile to pub from station, which can be walked by road: turn left out of the station, continue along Lower Road until you get to the second major left turn, Hills Lane. The pub is on the right at the top of the hill). A more interesting walk is along High St (behind station, parallel with Lower Rd) at end of which go straight across road and along the footpath past
the cricket ground, which eventually brings you out behind the church opposite the Jolly Farmer. Alternatively here is a website with local cab firms: www.taxiregister.com/cookham