Maidenhead River Walk
This walk takes you from Maidenhead to Windsor along the Thames Path National Trail. It's a popular walk running for just over 7 miles along a flat riverside path. Along the way there's pretty locks, weirs and some lovely country views to enjoy.
The walk starts from the picturesque Boulter's Lock where there is a car parking area next to the Thames. From here you can pick up the Thames Path and follow it south along the river to Taplow and Dorney Reach where you'll pass Monkey Island and the pretty Dorney Lake. The attractive lake was used as the rowing venue for the 2012 Olympics in London. The site additionally includes 450 acres of parkland with an Arboretum and Nature Conservation area.
The route continues to Queen's Eyot before coming to Eton Wick and Eton where you can visit the famous school. Soon after you cross the river to finish in Windsor close to the historic castle.
PostcodeSL6 8JN - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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Walks near Maidenhead
- Maidenhead Boundary Walk - This circular walk takes you around the old boundary of Maidenhead
- Chiltern Way - This is the original 125 mile circuit of the Chilterns AONB taking you through Hemel Hempstead, Chalfont St Giles, Marlow, Hambleden, Turville, Fingest, Bix Bottom, Ewelme, the Ridgeway, Stokenchurch, Great Hampden, Aldbury, the Dunstable Downs Country Park, Sharpenhoe Clappers and Harpenden
- Thames Path - Starting at the Source of the Thames at Thames Head in Gloucestershire, follow the iconic river through beautiful countryside and historic towns to the city of London.
- Marlow - The riverside town of Marlow is a lovely spot for walking
- Marlow to Henley - A popular riverside walk between these Marlow and Henley-on-Thames
- Cliveden House - Explore the stunning gardens and woodlands surrounding this Italianate mansion near Maidenhead
- Cookham River Circular Walk - The little village of Cookham is situated in a particularly delightful spot by the River Thames
- Windsor River Walk - Enjoy a riverside stroll along the Thames Path in Windsor and Eton on this lovely waterside walk in Berkshire
- Dorney Lake - This purpose-built rowing lake in Buckinghamshire has a traffic free National Cycle Network trail running past it on one side and the Thames Path on the other
- Eton - This Berkshire based town is a fine place to start a walk with two rivers, a local lake and the iconic Eton College to explore.
- Hurley - This riverside village near Maidenhead has some nice local trails and a noteworthy ancient pub.
- Jubilee River - Follow the Jubilee River path from Maidenhead to Eton on this waterside walk or cycle on the border of Berkshire and Buckinghamshire
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The circular Maidenhead Boundary Walk also starts from the lock car park. The 13 mile trail is a nice way to explore the area around the town.
At the other end of the route there's the Windsor River Walk. This circular walk visits Eton Wick, Eton Great Common, Eton College and Datchet.
You can also reach Eton from the town on the Jubilee River Walk. This route passes Taplow Lake and the 15th century Dorney Court on the way.
Just to the west in Hurley you can pick up the Hurley Loop Walk which will take you south to the woodland trails in Ashley Hill Forest and the Hurley Chalk Pit Nature Reserve. There's also one of the oldest pubs in the country to see in the village.
Just to the east of Marlow is the neighbouring village of Little Marlow. Here you can explore the wildlife rich Spade Oak Nature Reserve and visit the historic 14th century church and 16th century pub.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Berkshire Walks page.