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River Thames


Self-guided walks for the Curious...

Explore Marlow town centre with two self-guided heritage walks with a treasure hunt theme. Discover Marlow's "hidden treasures" whilst having a fun day out with family and friends!
Nestled alongside the Thames, Marlow has been voted one of the top places to live. Its remarkable Grade I listed suspension bridge served as the model for a similar structure over the Danube in Budapest. Within Higginson Park, visitors can explore the Millennium Maze and admire a statue commemorating the celebrated hometown hero, Sir Steve Redgrave. Marlow's train service is affectionately dubbed the Marlow Donkey, and Frankenstein's monster was brought to life here – don’t worry the locals are much friendlier these days!


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Curious About... Marlow

  • An exploration of Marlow's town centre with two self-guided heritage walks with an optional treasure hunt. Completing the treasure hunt keeps everyone actively engaged, and urges you to look up, down and every which-way - so you won't miss out on any of the town's treasures.
    Explore, Discover, and Enjoy!
  • Most clues are chosen for their historical value, so you'll learn about the diverse culture, significant people and extraordinary events which have influenced Marlow in becoming what it is today.
  • This is an outdoor, unsupervised activity - so you can go at a pace which suits you, whilst keeping you healthy!
  • A Curious About walk is a fun and social activity for all the family and friends. Different people can take on different roles - follow the map, identify picture clues, read directions, etc - it's ideal for children from the age of 6, and if you can walk/wheelchair it, you're young enough!
  • The two walks have been designed so that the second one follows on from where the first one ends. Do both, or have a breather and do the second one another day! They both start and finish in the heart of the town - so buses, trains and car parks are easily available to get you there and back.

1. The Town - 1.5 miles / 2.4 kms
Whilst the River Thames is undoubtedly a principal feature of Marlow, it is also true to say that the Thames has lured many famous people to live there, many famous organisations to set up home there, and many architects to work there. Walking through the town itself, and ending at a pleasant park by the river, provides an insight into years gone by, when life was gentler, quieter and more measured.
Sir William Borlase's School Marlow Bridge   1.5 hoursOK

2. Town to Marlow Lock - 1 mile / 1.6 kms
Marlow is a gorgeous Georgian town, standing as it does on a stunning section of the famous River Thames. This walk takes you through an historic churchyard, up an ancient road, on a short section of the pretty town centre, into a delightful Garden, past typical architecture and a leafy road, leading to the town’s lock – bustling in summer, languid in winter, with constant views of the captivating Thames.
1 hourOK

Each booklet has a page dedicated to the history of the town and 2 pages summarising each walk with suggestions on what to visit along the way. Walk 1 has 21 clues & walk 2 has 14 - both with detailed directions to follow. There are interesting stories about important people, places & events along the way; detailed instructions on how to find a clue if you're stuck; and a comprehensive map with the routes marked on.
Buy a booklet by clicking on the Add to Basket button, then either checkout, or continue shopping. Checkout takes you through payments via a quick & secure process managed by a third-party company called SendOwl. At the end of the payment process SendOwl will email you a confirmation email (inc download link if relevant).

You have 14 days to complete your download, and up to 3 attempts are permitted. If you buy the print-at-home version you will need to print it on normal A4 paper and the email you receive, with the download link, explains how best to fold the pages to make it into an A5 booklet. If you buy the download to mobile version you will need pdf reading software on your phone or tablet, eg using the Adobe Acrobat App (free).

Printed Copy
The booklet has a flexible cover, which has been professionally printed. The inside pages are printed to order, to ensure that they are as up-to-date as possible. We post booklets out 1st class Royal Mail, usually the same, or next working day. A small postage & packing charge is added.

"Did the Curious About Marlow on Monday with Sophie and a friend. Had a wonderful time. Great walk !!!"

Latest Revision : April 2024

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