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Saturday 27th July. Cookham to Maidenhead

On a rather dull and drizzly morning I turned up at Paddington station and found no Polys waiting for me. As I was making my way to the platform, one turned up and another found us on the train. By the next stop our select group had become four and was joined by five who were already in Cookham. We set off, passing the house where the painter Stanley Spencer lived and worked for 15 years until his death in 1959, through Cookham Dene. We passed a large free-range turkey farm, but still being some time to Christmas, or maybe because of the weather, we saw no turkeys roaming around. We continued into the pretty Bisham Woods and walked along an escarpment with fine views over the Thames arriving at Winter Hill. Kenneth Grahame lived nearby and is said to have taken inspiration for the habitat of Mole, Ratty and company in ‘The Wind in the Willows’ from the river banks and wild woods around there. We descended to the Thames and had our picnic on the riverside before paying a visit to the Bounty Inn a little further along where a beer and jazz festival was being held. Continue reading Saturday 27th July. Cookham to Maidenhead