Marbea one
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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Marlow and Beaconsfield.

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Grid Ref SU8507986250
Lat / Lon 51.56872° / -0.77385°
Easting / Northing 485,079E / 186,250N
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Grid Ref SU9400391137
Lat / Lon 51.61123° / -0.64382°
Easting / Northing 494,003E / 191,137N

Marbea One's land is

Arable 18.3%
Pasture 17.5%
Urban 46.1%
Woods 18.0%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018



06 Aug 2022 Summer

When you leave Beaconsfield town centre, you walk along a road lined with 'Mafia mansions' to reach the A40, and then walk along there for about a third of a mile. It might be better to cut through the side roads to leave less walking on the main road. You then cross the road and the M40 and head south into the country, walking along a pleasant path through the woods for a way (this is actually part of the Chiltern Way).
You go downhill into Wooburn, and can make a short detour to the Old Bell pub for a refreshment stop. Then you backtrack slightly to join the old railway line, which takes you into Bourne End. On this section we saw an egret and a muntjac deer.
At Bourne End you can detour across the river on the railway bridge to reach the Bounty pub, a very pleasant place for refreshments (though rather dog-infested).
Back across the river you follow the Thames Path all the way to Marlow. The walk ends at the church, and the railway station is about an 8 minute walk back east.

Derick Rethans

21 May 2022 Spring

I walked this from Beaconsfield to Marlow on a bright but cloudy May morning.

The first part of the route leaving Beaconsfield was not pleasant along a road with stupid big cars showing off (and some pavement parking). If it wasn't for this first section, I would have given it five stars. It being May, the other reviewer's comments about aggregate works on one side was not visible in May. Anyway, after crossing the M40 (boo, fast ways), a narrow path leads you past some fields. I can see that this could become a little muddy. The walk through Mill Wood was lovely. Green trees, and many kites zooming through the canopy. You then walk through another wood with some great views of Wooburn and it's church going down a hill. There are a few separate paths on the top end of an industrial estate, but I just stick to the wider track instead of the nettle infested public footpath. After some in-between-the-fence walking in Bourne End, the last section was along the lovely Thames following the Thames Path into Marlow where the route ends.


05 Feb 2022 Winter

Walked in February 2022 from Beaconsfield to Marlow.
Leaving Beaconsfield via a very pleasant residential road, then there is a short stretch on the busy A40 to cross the M40 motorway bridge. You then join the Chiltern Way, and once well away from the M40 and the playing fields, it's delightful to Wooburn Green, mainly in woods. From Wooburn Green to Bourne End is dreary, hence my 3 rating, behind an aggregate works and other buildings - surely there's a nicer footpath? From Bourne End to Marlow is a beautiful, but muddy, distance on the Thames Path.
It's fairly direct and mostly flat. There are stiles and steps. It's safe as all road sections have footpaths or pavement. Easy to follow.
Photos are:
1. Milestone on edge of Beaconsfield
2. Looking down into Wooburn Green
3. View from Bourne End Marina.

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