Taplow – Jubilee River – Bray Lock – Taplow
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Taplow – Jubilee River – Bray Lock – Maidenhead Bridge - Taplow
This enjoyable waterside route visits two contrasting waterways. The Jubilee River, a flood relief scheme, is managed as a haven for wildlife and is quiet and peaceful. The bustling Thames, by contrast, is busy with craft of all kinds from rowing skiffs to cabin cruisers and watching their antics is always entertaining. The route starts in the old centre of Taplow, where there is a free village car park as well as an excellent traditional pub that welcomes both dogs and children. It has a varied bar menu and open fires as well as a patio well-positioned for views across the Thames Valley.
The route uses well-made field-paths and tracks to reach first the Jubilee River and then the Thames at busy Bray Lock, a convenient spot to rest and watch the world go by. The riverside path leads past Bray on the opposite bank, where there are some magnificent waterside properties to admire in this wealthy village, to reach Isambard Brunel's Maidenhead Bridge, famously depicted by William Turner in his great painting in 1844.
Here we leave the Thames to cross the Jubilee River again before a short climb leads back to Taplow. While I cannot guarantee that you will remain completely dry, the quality of paths and tracks means that this is a good walk for a wet spell in winter when many other paths are unpleasantly muddy.
England - Central England - Buckinghamshire - Thames Valley
Birds, Church, Great Views, Mostly Flat, Pub, River, Wildlife
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