GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Maidenhead Boundary Walk

13 miles (21 km)

This circular walk takes you around the old boundary of Maidenhead. It runs for about 13 miles visiting the boundary stones, the River Thames and Maidenhead Thicket. The walk is an annual event allowing walkers to raise money through sponsorship for their favourite charities whilst enjoying a very interesting walk through some beautiful parts of the Berkshire countryside. It's a nice one do to though as a day walk at anytime of year in smaller groups.
This walk starts from Boulter's Lock on the River Thames, where there is a public car park at postcode SL6 8JN for your sat navs. From here you can pick up the Thames Path and follow it south along the river to Dorney Reach where you cross over to Bray and Bray Wick where there is a nature reserve.
You continue west to Cox Green before turning north west to Woolley Green and Maidenhead Thicket. Follow the woodland trails north through the thicket and you will come out at Pinkneys Green which is a National Trust owned area of common land. The route then heads east to Furze Platt before coming to Wildbrook Common, another National Trust area. There's lots of good trails, country views and wildlife to see in these connected areas of NT open access land.
You then pass Maidenhead Court to return to the river where you turn south. A final waterside section then leads you back to the lock and the car park.

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Maidenhead Boundary Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Maidenhead Boundary Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

The route passes close to Cookham where you can try the Cookham River Circular Walk. It's a delightful area thought to have inspired the 'Wind in the Willows' children stories, by the author Kenneth Grahame, who lived in nearby Cookham Deane. 
The Maidenhead River Walk also starts from Boulter's Lock. It will take you along the Thames Path to nearby Windsor via Dorney Lake and Eton.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Berkshire Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Boulter's Lock - geograph.org.uk - 515648

Boulter's Lock. The lock is full as boats prepare to leave and head upstream towards Cookham. The lock takes the boats past Ray Mill Island in the Thames.

Maidenhead Bridge and River Thames - geograph.org.uk - 205285

Maidenhead Bridge and River Thames. The bridge carries the A4 Bath Road over the River Thames. It was designed by the architect Robert Taylor and built at a cost of £19,000 in 1777. It was a toll bridge until 1903, when motorists decided they were no longer prepared to pay and threw the gates into the river. The bridge has 12 arches of which the middle 6 are over the water, with the middle two navigable. The first bridge over the river here was built out of wood in 1280. The centre of the small metal plaque on the near abutment records the maximum water level reached during the November 1894 flood event.

Bray Wick, The Causeway - geograph.org.uk - 975172

Bray Wick: The Causeway. The Causeway is an old embankment providing a dry path in a flood event across the flood plain of the River Thames between Bray and Bray Wick.

Frosty morning, Maidenhead Thicket - geograph.org.uk - 78545

Frosty morning, Maidenhead Thicket. The thicket was given to the National Trust in 1934.

Horse, Woolley Green - geograph.org.uk - 872683

Horse, Woolley Green. A field on the northern side of the A4 with Maidenhead Thicket at its far end.

Pinkneys Green - geograph.org.uk - 849563

Pinkneys Green. National Trust owned common, part of their large estate to the north and west of Maidenhead. Long flowering grass alongside Lee Lane.

Farmland, Cookham - geograph.org.uk - 857217

Farmland, Cookham. View down to Cannon Court Farm and Maidenhead.

White Brook, Widbrook Common - geograph.org.uk - 99280

White Brook, Widbrook Common. There's a pretty stream and lots of wildlife to look out for.

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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