Hurley Village is a beautiful village just beyond Bisham and Temple but it is on the other side of the river to Marlow. You can access it by bike over the Temple bridge but this post is about the short circular routes that are ideal for buggies. For these routes we recommend driving to Hurley and beginning from there. For bike routes to Hurley see here.
Park in the free village car park and pick your route from the map below. There is a map showing different routes shown in the car park but I noticed some of them used more road than path… it’s always nicer keeping off the roads, so the routes shown below are our recommended options.
The red route is about 1.75 miles. On following the footpath down to the river turn immediately left at the river rather than crossing the bridge. The footpath travels next to the river over grassland which would be fine for an off road buggy. We did the route in winter and there were a few boggier sections but it really wasn’t too bad.
Once you’ve travelled through the open grassland look out for a left turn that takes you onto a tarmac road. This brings you all the way back to the car park. This section of the route would be ideal for scooters. There is one kissing gate.
The blue route travels along some of the Hurley village quiet lanes at first but it’s not that far before you are back on tracks. The blue route includes 2 fairly steep bridges that cross the water at Hurley lock and back again. Hurley Lock Island is a really popular area in the summer months as children can play in the water. See here to find out more.
The green route cuts off the road slightly before the blue loop and takes you along a dirt track until you reach a kissing gate on your left which you can cut through to circle back along the river to return. There is another kissing gate on this route to negotiate.
Need to know
Parking: Hurley Village free car park (free at time of writing – I did here rumours that it may become paid)
Prams/Buggies: Yes! Although a double side buggy would struggle with the kissing gates. The ground is mostly pretty good but wheels that can handle stones and unevenness would be beneficial.
Pit stop: The Olde Bell in Hurley is a lovely pub with a wonderful garden space for kids to play and explore. They do fancy BBQ food in the summer. In the summer months there is sometimes ice creams and drinks available to buy near the lock.
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