Cookham: a pretty village on the River Thames

The fabulously quaint village of Cookham, on the River Thames, is situated close to excellent walking opportunities and some of the most beautiful stretches of the river. It's historic town centre and beautiful countryside, combined with the proximity to the River Thames as well as to London, has made Cookham a popular place to live for many celebrities, as well as a favourite tourist destination.

Apart from Cookham itself, the parish includes Cookham Dean, the most rural village in the parish, and Cookham Rise, the area between Cookham and Cookham Dean that grew around the railway station.

What To Do And See

Cookham is a popular destination, often buzzing with a lively mix of locals and visitors.

The village itself has an interesting Early English church and a number of small boutiques and specialist shops. There are also various period inns and restaurants.

Although the earliest stone church building may date from 750 AD, the earliest identifiable part of the current Holy Trinity Church, Cookham, is the Lady Chapel. This was built in the late 12th century on the dwelling of a female hermit who lived next to the church. She was reportedly paid a halfpenny a day by Henry II.

For those interested in art, the Stanley Spencer Gallery has a permanent exhibition of the artist's works, based in the former Methodist chapel.

Travelling north from Cookham towards Bourne End, you will be taken across the river via a noteworthy Victorian iron bridge.

Interesting Tidbits

In 2011 Cookham was deemed to be Britain's second richest village by The Daily Telegraph newspaper.

Kenneth Grahame is said to have been inspired by the River Thames at Cookham to write “The Wind in the Willows”.

Cookham features in "Midsummer Murders": Scott rings Barnaby on his mobile from outside 'Rodden's Solicitors', which actually is the Tandoori in Cookham High Street.

Surrounding Area

The area around Cookham is great for walking and picnics, and several attractions are only a short drive away.

A short stroll from the town centre is Cookham Lock, perfect for a nice relaxing afternoon. There are several islands which belong to Cookham, such as Odney Island, Formosa Island and Sashes Island which separates Cookham Lock from Hedsor Water.

If you are looking for a longer walk, nearby Winter Hill offers some great views across the River Thames and parts of the Thames Valley.

General Information

  • How to get there

    Take junction 4 on the M40 and follow he signs to Marlow. Just before Marlow, take the A4094 signposted Cookham.

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