Maidenhead-Maidenhead to Fulmer
Start : Maidenhead town centre
Distance: 24 miles
Roads: Mostly reasonably quiet rural lanes with some busier stretches.
Difficulty: Moderate to easy.
Total climb: 795 feetBeauty Rating: 3/5
This route takes you up into a rare part of the Chilterns that has very few significant hills. Once you have climbed up from Bourne End onto Wooburn Moor you have entered a heavily wooded and primarily flat part of the region that retains its elevation for a large swathe of countryside. In fact for the bulk of the ride of at least 15 miles you will enjoy easy riding and some terrific woodland , passing hundreds of acres of unspoilt beech and oak. You pass through some lovely villages along the way, notably Cookham, Fulmer and Taplow and opportunities for a beer along the way in all three.
1 .Maidenhead (95ft) to Cookham (82ft) 3.15 miles
From the Sainsbury/Magnet leisure centre roundabout head on the B4447 to Cookham. Go past the church and straight over at the roundabout, then past the shops and Farmer Boy pub. Crossover the railway then take the immediate right hand turn down Maidenhead Road running alongside the railway. Go past the cemetery then at the junction go right. Follow under the railway then go right at the junction to Cookham. Pass the Swan Uppers pub and travel over Cookham Moor going through the picturesque high street. At the end of the high street go left and follow as it takes you past the church and over the Thames on Cookham bridge.
2. Cookham (82ft) to Royal Standard at Wooburn Common (330 ft) 2.73 miles
Once over the bridge follow road for ½ mile. Turn right down Hedsor road and past the Garibaldi pub and garden centre. Take the next left up Heavens Lea. Climb up then at the junction go straight across onto Harvest Hill. This is a steep climb and meanders uphill for a mile or so. Once you have finished climbing, at the junction turn right (the Chequers pub is to your left). Follow road round to left and keep on towards Beaconsfield. Keep on this flat road then take right hand turn to Taplow and Wooburn Common. After 100 yards turn left down Green Common Lane by the marvelous Royal Standard pub.
3. Wooburn Common (330ft) to Fulmer (145ft) 5.92 miles
Go past the pond and farm shop. This is a lovely quiet lane but not in great condition so keep an eye out for the potholes. Travel along this flat lane for almost 1 ½ miles. At the junction go right up the hill past Jennings Farm. Take the next left down Abbey Park Lane then the immediate left again. Follow for ¾ mile skirting Burnham Beeches to your right. At the busy A355 go right towards Slough. Then take the next left down Parish Lane by the yew Tree pub. Carry straight on towards Fulmer along Collum Green Road. At junction turn right passing Fox and Pheasant pub. At the traffic lights go left down Stoke Common Road to Fulmer. Follow through Stoke Common, at the junction turn left to Fulmer.
4. Fulmer (145ft) to Farnham Royal (161ft) 6.3 miles
Travel through this pleasant village past the Black Horse pub and the Church. Take the next right after the church down the narrow and rural Alderbourne lane. At the next junction go right then follow round to the left still on Alderbourne lane as it travel up through the trees. At the junction turn right towards Fulmer and go past the Convent to your right. Take the next left down Black Park Road. Follow for ¾ mile with Black park to your left. Turn right at the junction to Stoke Poges and Wexham Street. Follow through the woods , at the junction turn left then immediately right by the Stag pub down Farthing Green lane. Follow this quiet lane until the junction where you go straight across onto Church Lane. At the next junction turn right to Farnham Royal .The next few miles are on busier roads .Pass Stoke Park and the Golf club until you reach Farnham Royal .
5.Farnham Royal (161ft) to Maidenhead (95ft) 5.6 miles.
At the roundabout turn left then right at the next one by the Crown pub. This is a relatively busy road that you will follow for over a mile. At the roundabout continue on to Burnham. At the next junction go right to the village centre past the Bee pub then taking the left down Gore Road. At the roundabout go straight over onto Hitcham lane and go down past Hitcham House and St Marys Church , then gently up the other side. At the junction go left to Taplow village centre then right down the High Street. Taplow is a very attractive village that is worth lingering over. At the distinctive St Nicholas Church turn right passing the pretty Oak and Saw pub. Follow up to Berry Hill turning left at the top. Go down for a few hundred yards turning right onto Mill Lane. Follow steeply downwards as it crosses the start of the Jubilee River. Follow lane round to the left as it runs adjacent to the Thames. At the A4 turn right to cross the river over Maidenhead bridge. Go straight over at the roundabout to return to the town centre.