Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Cookham Stanley Spencer and Cliveden


 Cookham on the Thames is a beautiful village and yet again easily visited by train.  There are many walks once you head from the station to the centre of the town.  I usually make a bee line for the Stanley Spencer Gallery, more information here.  In fact on their website, you can find various walks through Cookham bringing Spencer's paintings to life.


Stanley Spencer Gallery




Southwold, Suffolk
Scarecrow, Cookham
Cookham Rise
  

 I love the intricacy of Spencer's landscape paintings.  Apparently he would start on a tiny flower or detail and build the painting up from there.


 


From the Gallery you can head off left on the main road A4094, carry on over the bridge and take a footpath through the field on the right, emerging on the Bourne End Road towards the National Trust property - Cliveden.  A fabulous property, famous for its association with the Astor family and connection with the Profumo affair, I would recommend a tour of the house, only open on certain occasions as it is a luxury hotel nowadays, which really brings the history of the house to life.  Here's the website for more information.


Along the path on the way to Cliveden.  When reaching the road after the field, you turn right and will be walking up a steep hill until you come to the Entrance of the Estate, fortunately there is a footpath a little to the right of the road which keeps you away from the cars.
Cliveden from the back

Fountain

A good cafe providing a welcome break from the trekking.

 






Plenty of walks in the grounds along the Thames.

Now you'll have to retrace your steps to the station and you will definitely be glad to get back home and put that kettle on!



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