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Walking at Maidenhead Thicket & The Butterfly Trail

We recently went walking at Maidenhead Thicket and The Butterfly Trail. The walk felt like a good adventure as there were plenty of different paths to take and some nature trail routes to find. We didn’t take one but this would be a lovely walk to take a picnic on as there is lots of open space and benches dotted around. 

The walk also is quite unique as to access the Maidenhead Thicket side of the walk from the car park off Henley Road you walk over a pedestrian motorway bridge. The bridge is a little disconcerting at first as you have loud vehicles whizzing underneath.

Motorway Bridge
Maidenhead Thicket and Butterfly Trail

From the car park on Henley Road we walked over the motorway bridge and turned right to follow the butterfly trail. The bright yellow signs were great for children to follow and we saw the most beautiful butterflies sitting on the buddleja. Unfortunately we lost the butterfly trail signs as I think we took the wrong path! However, there are lots of paths to take, so we just followed our own route through Maidenhead Thicket back to the car park and went on an adventure! There are however arrows for different trails around the site and a map at the car park in the photo below. 

Butterfly Trail Maidenhead
Map of Maidenhead Thicket
What is Maidenhead Thicket like to walk at?

The thicket is a wooden common made up of multiple paths. There were trees, ferns, long grasses, wild flowers and lots of butterflies and dragonflies to be seen throughout the walk when we went during the summer months. On the other side of the road to Maidenhead Thicket is a common which is a large field of open space – see map for the location.

Maidenhead Thicket
Maidenhead Thicket

On the map there is a cafe, the route we took didn’t take us to the cafe so unfortunately we didn’t check it out this time but will visit next time. Near the cafe you will find earth banks and Robin Hood’s Arbour, a Scheduled Ancient Monument which was once a iron-aged enclosure for cattle.

At the end of our walk as we returned to the car park, we crossed the main road and went and had an explore on Maidenhead Thicket Meadow which was a wide open green space.

Maidenhead Thicket Meadow
Where do I park?

We parked at the Henley Road car park which was free of charge. I believe there is also a car park at Canon Lane.

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