Maidenhead Boundary Walk
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 Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Maidenhead Boundary Walk Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Maidenhead Boundary Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Maidenhead Boundary Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
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.