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Boulters Lock Riverside Trail

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Boulters Lock Riverside Trail
Author: Claire, Published: 16 Feb 2019 Walk Rating:star0 Boulters Lock Riverside Trail - Berkshire Walkstar0 Boulters Lock Riverside Trail - Berkshire Walkstar0 Boulters Lock Riverside Trail - Berkshire Walkstar0 Boulters Lock Riverside Trail - Berkshire Walkstar0 Boulters Lock Riverside Trail - Berkshire Walk
Berkshire, Maidenhead
Walk Type: River or lakeside
Boulters Lock Riverside Trail
Length: 7 miles,  Difficulty: boot Boulters Lock Riverside Trail - Berkshire Walk
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A 6.5 mile (which can be shortened to a 3 mile easier-access option) circular pub walk from Boulters Lock in Maidenhead on the Berkshire and Buckinghamshire border. Boulters Lock, close to the start of the walk, is a pub and restaurant sitting at an idyllic spot on the River Thames, making the perfect spot for refreshments before or after your walk. The walking trail takes in the beautiful areas of country park within the modern Taplow Riverside estate, with the longer trail following riverside paths alongside the Jubilee River and River Thames.

This walk includes a stretch of riverside path which is open from 7am to dusk (but locked outside these times). The walk is relatively flat with only a few gentle slopes. There are no stiles or steps on route, you will only need to negotiate footbridges and some elongated accessible kissing gates (these have space for buggies to pass through). The shorter walk follows pavements plus surfaced paths through the country park areas, meaning it would be suitable for pushchairs or mobility buggies. The longer route has some stretches of unmade paths that can be muddy and has a couple of road crossings that need care. There is no livestock on route. Dogs are welcome throughout the walk and there are plenty of dog waste bins in the country park. Allow 3 hours.

The walk starts and finishes at the Boulters Lock public car park, located on the riverside A4094 Lower Cookham Road (close to the junction with Lock Avenue). The car park is pay and display (and managed by the local council). The fee for over 3 hours is £1.00 (correct Feb 2019). Approximate post code SL6 8JB.

Walk Sections

Start to Boulters Lock
Start to Boulters Lock

Start point: 51.5286 lat, -0.702 long
End point: 51.5332 lat, -0.6992 long

Leave the Boulters Lock public car park via the vehicle entrance, cross over the zebra crossing to far pavement and turn right along this (with the River Thames on your left). After about 230 metres, when you draw level with the side road called Ray Mill Road East on your right, turn left onto the access bridge which leads you to Boulters Lock pub and restaurant. This makes the perfect spot for refreshments, before or after your walk.

Boulters Lock to Riverside Walk
Boulters Lock to Riverside Walk

Start point: 51.5332 lat, -0.6992 long
End point: 51.5314 lat, -0.6978 long

Pass Boulters Lock pub on your right then turn immediately right to cross the footbridge towards Ray Mill Island. At the end of the first bridge, bear right to join the modern footbridge leading over the second branch of the river. This modern bridge was opened in November 2018, creating a new link between the Maidenhead and Taplow communities.

At the far side you will emerge into an area of parkland within the Taplow Riverside estate. This development (built 2018-19) has transformed the area into desirable housing and parkland. Join the riverside boardwalk path (with the River Thames on your right) and follow this as it winds through the first section of park. At the far side, go through the gate (open 7am to dusk) to join the Riverside Walk, with the Jubilee River on your left.

Riverside Walk to Ladder Walk
Riverside Walk to Ladder Walk

Start point: 51.5314 lat, -0.6978 long
End point: 51.5258 lat, -0.6999 long

The apartments on your right are converted from beautiful old buildings, Jubilee Wharf and Jubilee Mill. At the end of this riverside walk, you will emerge to a junction with a residential road. Glance to your right to see the old waterwheel at the end of the mill building, a useful landmark to remember for the return leg.

Turn left at this junction, crossing the river via Mill Lane bridge. At the far side, fork immediately right through an enlarged kissing gate to join the footpath signed to Maidenhead. Follow the path to a T-junction and turn right, crossing back over the river via a footbridge. At the far side of the bridge, you will see a riverside path on the left and parkland ahead. The full walk will continue to the left in a moment, but first we take a small detour around the parkland.

Go ahead on the main tarmac parkland path and then turn left at both of the first two path junctions, to join the upper boardwalk path winding through the parkland. Turn right at a T-junction, left at a second T-junction and then right at a triangular T-junction. You will reach a crossroads of tarmac paths alongside the Ladder Walk outdoor gym piece.

Ladder Walk to Rail Arches
Ladder Walk to Rail Arches

Start point: 51.5258 lat, -0.6999 long
End point: 51.5223 lat, -0.6927 long

For the Shorter (3 mile) Walk: Turn left at this crossroads to reach the Taplow Riverside estate access road. Cross to the far pavement and turn right along this. Now skip ahead to the point marked in the section called ‘Bath Road to Waterwheel’.

For the Full (6.5 mile) Walk: Turn right at this crossroads and follow the straight tarmac path leading you back towards the river footbridge. Immediately before the bridge, turn right to join the riverside path. At the end of this stretch, exit via the kissing gate to reach a roadside pavement. Turn left along this and continue as it crosses the river to reach a road junction with traffic lights. Taking care of traffic, turn right at this junction to join the access track signed as a public bridleway. This leads you under the arches of the railway bridge.

Rail Arches to Footbridge
Rail Arches to Footbridge

Start point: 51.5223 lat, -0.6927 long
End point: 51.5108 lat, -0.6765 long

As you emerge from the rail arches, take the right-hand of the two tracks ahead, passing the pretty White Place Lodge on your right. Pass a watersports centre on your left and then turn right to cross Jubilee River via the road bridge. At the far side, turn left to join the riverside bridleway with the river on your left. Where the bridleway swings right, go ahead through a gateside gap to stay on the riverside path.

Keep ahead on this pretty riverside stretch, keeping your eyes peeled for swans, geese, cormorants, egrets, herons and other water birds. You will emerge into a car park alongside a river weir. Keep ahead through the car park, cross over the road and join the continuation of the riverside path. Continue until you reach a footbridge over the river on your left.

Footbridge to Thames Path
Footbridge to Thames Path

Start point: 51.5108 lat, -0.6765 long
End point: 51.5087 lat, -0.6881 long

Do NOT turn left across this bridge, instead keep ahead for about another 25 metres, then turn sharp right to join the signed public footpath. Follow the path between trees and then keep ahead to join the concrete access lane. Where the lane bends right, fork left to join the path leading up the grass bank, winding up to reach the road. Cross over with care and take the path ahead, zig-zagging back down the slope to reach the end of a residential lane.

Go ahead along the lane and at the end you will reach a T-junction with Old Marsh Lane. Turn right and, after about 80 metres, turn left onto a side branch of the lane which is signed as a public bridleway. This quiet tarmac track leads you between fields and then through the small hamlet of Amerden. As you reach Amerden Lodge, keep ahead passing just to the right of the lodge to reach a T-junction with the Thames Path, with the river directly ahead.

Thames Path to Bath Road
Thames Path to Bath Road

Start point: 51.5087 lat, -0.6881 long
End point: 51.5239 lat, -0.7009 long

Turn right to join the Thames Path, with the River Thames running on your left. You will soon pass Bray Lock on your left. Beyond the lock, go through the staggered gates to continue on the Thames Path. Eventually you will emerge into a residential area. Simply keep ahead along the access lane, a continuation of the Thames Path. The lane leads you under the arches of the railway bridge (built by Brunel in 1838) and on to reach a T-junction with the main A4 Bath Road.

Bath Road to Mill Waterwheel
Bath Road to Mill Waterwheel

Start point: 51.5239 lat, -0.7009 long
End point: 51.5291 lat, -0.698 long

Turn right along the pavement, use the pedestrian crossing to swap to the left-hand pavement and continue to the roundabout. Turn left onto the access road for the Taplow Riverside estate.

NOTE: If you are following the shorter walk, pick up the directions here.

Continue along the pavement of the access road, leading you back into the heart of the Taplow Riverside development. You will pass the old boat house on your left. Turn right immediately before the Jubilee Mill building and you will pass the mill waterwheel (which you should recognise from the outward leg) on your left.

Mill Waterwheel to End
Mill Waterwheel to End

Start point: 51.5291 lat, -0.698 long
End point: 51.5287 lat, -0.7021 long

Immediately after the wheel, turn left to re-join the riverside walk. We will now be retracing our steps back to Boulters Lock and the start of the walk. Keep ahead along the riverside walk and then through the parkland to reach the footbridge. Turn left across the footbridge to arrive back at Boulters Lock pub and restaurant for some well-earned hospitality. To return to your car, continue to the main road and turn left along this. You will come to the car park on your right where the walk began.

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3 Comments for: "Boulters Lock Riverside Trail"

All paths clear now on this beautiful walk

By Pagey57 on 14 Apr 2019

Lovely, one of the best walks in my area. Fallen tree blocking path completely today. We just about scrambled underneath it.

ADMIN RESPONSE: Following the heavy storm last night, there are many paths with fallen trees which will no doubt be cleared over the coming week.

By Pagey57 on 10 Mar 2019

lovely walk especially the stretch along the Thames

By Garry on 23 Feb 2019

The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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View along the Thames at the start of the walk.
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There's plenty to see along the route - even if you walk the short version.
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A clue about the building's past.
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There are some lovely unspoilt views of the Thames with lots of wildlife to see.
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