The Boundary is a yearly event for all the family, a 13-mile walk around the border of Maidenhead. Its organised by Maidenhead Rotary Club and welcomes all ages.
It starts and finishes in Boulters Lock car park close to Boulters Lock where you can register and pick up a map of the route, and some well earned refreshments at the end.
The route is shown below:
At the bridge it crosses underneath the A4 at Thames Riviera Hotel and then heads down the tow path next to the Thames. For the past few years the Sea Cadets have been on hand with a free boat transfer from the tow path across the River to the Bray side, although there is a longer route of about another 1.5 miles which carries on and crosses the River Thames at the M4.
From Bray the route passes through the churchyard and then crosses the road for the first check point. The route then follows a narrow path towards Braywick Nature Centre. From here you cross the A308 with caution, and then head along Harvest Hill Road. There is not much of a path on this road so this care is needed with oncoming cars.
Half way along Harvest Hill Road, you take a left and head away from the cars down Kimber’s Lane and cross over the A404 and on towards Ockwells Park. Following the road past Ockwells Park and Lillibrook Manor and Barns. Here you cross Woodland Park Road and head on down Highfield Land towards Cox Green school. Over the railway line and down to the Thatched Cottage pub on Cannon Lane.
At Cannon Land, cross the road and take the road to the right of the pub, which then leads into a narrow path. Follow this path through the edges of the wood and Clares Court School and eventually it will come out in Woolley Furs. Head down Cherry Garden Lane towards the Shire Horse pub for the next check point.
After the Shire Horse pub, you cross the A4 and head into the Thicket. Following some footpaths inside the woods, you eventually exit very close to Stubbings Nursery and Cafe. The path then leads down onto the road just to cross underneath the A404, and then back up to Henley Road where we find the our first marker stone.
Cross the road and head through the pathway towards Darling’s Lane. At the end of Darling’s Lane is the next check point, and our second Boundary Marker stone.
The path then continues along Darling’s Lane until the road peters out and enters the woods, follow the signs to exit the woods near some very old cottages that were used for the workers at the Brick and Tile works years ago.
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.
Please click here for more information and website dedicated to the Boundary Walk.
The route can be downloaded from https://www.maidenheadbridgerotary.org.uk/bw-route.html as a PDF, and its also available as a route on Garmin connect.
You can also view the Boundary route on GPS-routes site on an Ordinance Survey Map, link below.
and you can also download the GPX file from this site.