When I wrote my post about why we moved to Slough, a lot of the comments mentioned a place called Burnham Beeches, which I actually hadn’t heard of. So we thought we’d check it out last week.
Burnham Beeches is a woodlands area in Slough, just north of the Farnham Road area. We parked up in the car park on Lord Mayors Drive, paying a £2 all day charge, and walked in. The first thing we saw was the Beeches Cafe, next to the Information Centre and loos.
After a bite to eat, we walked behind the cafe on to the path which led to the woodland area. There are a few trails you can do, including the Historical Trail and the Geology Trail, but we decided to do the Sensory Trail, which is the shortest at under 1 mile long and is suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs. This is the Sensory Trail Map:
It wasn’t very well signposted, so we ended up walking down Lord Mayors Drive in the centre first.
We realised it was a bit too straight, this can’t be the sensory trail! So we walked down a path to our left and discovered it (phew!). The path took us to a pond called Upper Pond, filled with lily pads.
Then we walked north of the pond, and this is where we came off the sensory trail and walked towards the Heath. We had a rest at a bench that was carved into a log. Here we saw a large pile of logs.
But it’s not just any old pile of logs, it’s was put there to give the appearance of a fallen tree, so that creatures could inhabit here.
We walked along a path to the right, that led us through more woodlands and trees. We saw families cycling and people walking their dogs. Everyone was smiley and friendly.
After a while we got to another pond that looked different from the earlier one, and then realised we were lost. Lost in the woods! My husband turned on the maps app on his phone, and found out we were at Middle Pond. A 5 minute walk up, we found Upper Pond and were back on the Sensory Trail. We had noticed these carvings dotted around, and now know that these are Sensory Trail points – this one was number 5. So if you ever do the trail, look out for these carvings to make sure you’re on the right path. We know for next time!
If you’re into nature walks and fancy visiting Burnham Beeches, these are the details:
Burnham Beeches, Lord Mayors Drive, South Bucks SL2 3LB
Car Park opening hours 8am – dusk (Costs £2)
Cafe open 10am – 5pm everyday except Christmas Day
My husband was born in Slough and used to live in the cottages by Burnham Beeches, his dad is a forester and he’s now an arborist himself! Lovely to see that it’s still a lovely place to visit. Thanks for linking up to #whatevertheweather linky! 🙂 x
No way – what a small world! Oh my, we saw some beautiful cottages by Burnham Beeches (obviously the posh bit of Slough ;-)) – wow so your husband lived in one of those! That is so cool he stayed in the family tradition and is now an arborist. No wonder you guys like the outdoors 😀 Yes I am happy to report Burnham Beeches is still lovely, hee hee. xx
It looks like a lovely place to go for a walk, but I think I would get lost too! 😀 #whatevertheweather
It really was, you forget you are near civilisation. But easy to get lost it haha. Hopefully I’ll recognise the right way next time! xx
This sounds like such a beautiful place to visit. It will never get boring either with all of the different trails to discover. It looks really stunning. I’d love to visit here. Lucky you managed to pull a map up so you could find your way back. 😀
Thank you so much for linking up with #whatevertheweather x
Oh yes it really is beautiful. You’re right, we’ve got to do the other trails too, hopefully we won’t get lost next time haha! Thank goodness for Google Maps 😛 xx
ooh this looks a lot of fun and we could lose hours here pottering about ‘with nature’! Really lovely post, thank you 🙂
It really was lots of fun, and you’re right, the time just flies! xx
Looks like a wonderful day out! Slough really does have a bad rep which is totally undeserved #lovewhereilive
It really does, I hope I can change people’s perceptions of Slough, it’s not that bad! Lots of outdoorsy things to do here xx
I showed Elliot the log picture and he said it was where snake (you know snake, Gruffalo’s mate!) lived 🙂 Looks lovely there, it’s great to have places like that on your doorstep isn’t it! xx #loveWhereILive
Aw bless little Elliot! They have great imaginations don’t they. It’s great here, I’m so glad I found it, nice to take Tyler outdoors 🙂 xx
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