In the space of about one square mile, pocketed away in a largely urban area north of Slough, lies this amazing ancient woodland. Gnarled beeches, natural ponds and abundant wildlife create a fairy tale-like atmosphere, enchanting kids and adults alike.
Burnham Beeches, a National Nature Reserve (NNR) and European Special Area of Conservation (SAC), is famous for having the largest collection of old beech trees in the world. It is the perfect place for combining a pleasant walk with a picnic, BBQ or refreshments at the cafe.
There are several circular walks, that can take anything from 30 minutes to a couple of hours or more. A sensory trail and wooden sculptures provide great fun for kids of all ages.
The public footpaths are generally typical woodland paths and the terrain is level in many parts, making for easy walking. The generally little used roads leading through the woods can also be walked.
There's a large playing field adjacent to the car park, ideal for picnics, kite-flying, frisbee etc. There are also mid week and weekend guided walks as well as an events programme designed for people of all ages including activities for younger visitors.
What to consider
Normally, all paths are suitable for standard walking footwear.There are some tarmaced roads, but some of the paths and bridleways can get quite muddy after continued rainfall.
How to get there
Coming from the M40, junction2, follow the A355 to the village of Egypt. Before you reach the row of shops, turn right. Follow on through to end of road into the car park.
During weekends and bank holidays a daily parking charge of £2 per car applies and be aware the gates to parking areas are opened from 8am and closed at dusk (4.30pm – 9pm).
There are approximately 1.5 miles of surfaced 'easy access' paths and much of the three miles of internal tarmac roads are closed to cars. A full guide to walks suitable for people with impaired mobility and users of wheelchairs is available from the contact information below.
Burnham Beeches Website: Burnham Beeches and Stoke Common