Pinkneys Green and Maidenhead Thicket Walk
|Area||:||The River Thames and Reading|
|Type(s)||:||Tea Shop, Pub, Country Escape|
|Distance||:||2.8 miles / 4.5 km|
|Ascent||:||59 feet / 18 metres|
|Location||:||SU857809 / SL6 4GL|
 Leave the car park along a path leading to a footbridge over the A404. Do not cross the bridge but follow the path through to the road by which you arrived at the car park. Go straight across and through a narrow belt of trees onto the common. Take a grassy path ahead across the common.
 At the far side of the common turn left to walk along the right-hand side of the grassy expanse.
 Some 100 yards before a road, bear right at a fork to a roughly surfaced track. Cross this and continue on a clear path ahead to the road.
 Turn right for 50 yards and then turn left past the Stag and Hounds. Turn left on a signed path along a track called Bix Lane which soon narrows to a path. When the path forks, by the last house on the left, bear left to a lane. Go across this and follow a signed path along the right-hand side of the common.
 At a path junction by a house on the right, continue in the same direction and stay on the path as it bears slightly left by another, rather imposing, house. Cross a road, ignoring a path on the left, and follow the path down to a drive. Turn left under the A404 and then immediately bear left again, following the signed path up away from the drive.
 At the top of he rise turn right. Follow the path ahead at a junction by some gates. When the path forks after about 100 yards, bear right to walk just inside the wood with a fence on the right.
 A few yards before the fence on the right ends, bear left on the main path. Cross one wide path and continue to a second.
 Turn right to the main road and Village Life, The Old Shire Horse Centre with its café is across the road to the right.
 Recross the main road and now turn right on a path parallel with the road, just inside the wood, for 160 yards.
 Opposite the end of Cherry Garden Lane, turn left into the wood. After 50 yards turn right at a cross path.
 When the path forks bear right. At a T junction with a somewhat larger path turn to right to continue walking in more or less the same direction. As you approach the A404 again, the traffic noise becomes more intrusive, Cross one major path and come to a T junction with a second. Turn right and almost immediately bear left to the footbridge over the A404 and back to the start.
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Starting Point: National Trust car park at Pinkneys Green (GR 857809)
Turn off the A4 at the roundabout on the Maidenhead side of the Thicket Roundabout, which is the junction of the A4 and A404. Take the minor road signed ′Pinkneys Green′ and ′Stubbings′ to a car park about 300 yards ahead on the left.
Note that some of the paths can be muddy at any time of year, so be prepared with suitable footwear.