Burnham Beeches

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 open grass area 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.

Please note that BBQs are not permitted at any time.

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.

General Information

  • 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.

  • Parking

    Charges apply at all times as follows:

    Weekdays £1.50 for up to 2 hours and £3 for more than 2 hourrs
    Weekends £3 all day.

    Disabled parking is free of charge but the driver must register their vehicle with the parking company, District Enforcement.

    Further information regarding parking can be found here.

  • Accessibility

    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.

  • Further Information

    Burnham Beeches Website: Burnham Beeches and Stoke Common

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