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Cliveden Reach

BOULTERS to CLIVEDEN

Our favourite and most frequented paddle. We can’t help agreeing with Jerome K. Jerome in ‘Three Men in a Boat’ when he describes it as “unbroken loveliness this is, perhaps, the sweetest stretch of all the river…”.

Paddling upstream from Boulters Lock and Ray Mill Island, you pass Cliveden Reach carved out by the last Ice Age to leave Bavin’s Gulls Islands. We either take a short ‘rest and stretch’ alongside the lower grounds of the Cliveden Estate or those brimming with energy can venture further upstream towards Cookham Lock and Hedsor. Even paddlers who don’t make it all the way to Cliveden are rewarded by a stunning view of the majestic Cliveden House in the distance. During the summer months we offer guided river trips and board hires every day from dawn to dusk. We never tire of spotting kingfishers and herons or the changing seasonal colours along this beautiful tree-lined route.

 

FACILITY INFO

Parking: Boulter’s Lock Car Park SL6 8JN

Toilets: On Ray Mill Island (Allow 10 mins)

Nearest Food/Drink: The Boathouse at Boulter’s Lock or a small café on Ray Mill Island.

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Bridge to Bridge

BRAY to BOULTERS 

This route passes underneath 4 bridges, all notable in their own way. Enjoy the echoes underneath Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s ‘Sounding Arch’ and take a photo as you glide by the pretty Guards Club Bridge. Next stop is the oldest bridge on the stretch - Maidenhead Bridge built in 1777 and from there you paddle to the newest bridge at Taplow designed in 2018 by a local architect, sailor and fellow paddleboarder!

 

FACILITY INFO

Parking: Small carpark accessible via ‘Oldacres’.

Toilets: None available.

Nearest Food/Drink: The Lord Grenfell on Oldfield Road or Blue River Cafe on the A4.

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Jubliee River

TAPLOW 

Our favourite go-to river when the Thames is either running too fast or is too busy is the Jubilee river. A seven-mile-long man-made flood channel running between Maidenhead and just below Windsor, the Jubilee river is now enjoyed not only by paddlers but by anglers, cyclists, swimmers and walkers alike.  Without access for motorised boats, a wide variety of bird life can be seen along the river, including green woodpeckers, cormorants, kingfishers, lapwing and red kites.

 

FACILITY INFO

Parking: Small carpark, Marsh Lane SL6 0DH &  roadside parking.

Toilets: None available.

Nearest Food/Drink: Various options by car towards Dorney or Taplow.

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The Cookhams

SPADE OAK - BOURNE END - MARLOW

Steeped in Anglo Saxon history with many a tale to tell since then, Cookham was described by former resident and artist Sir Stanley Spencer as a ‘sort of earthly paradise’. There are many rewarding paddling hours to be enjoyed along this route. Heading upstream towards Marlow you pass Cock Marsh, Bourne End Marina and Gibraltar Islands before reaching Woottens Boatyard.  A longer paddle takes you all the way to the beautiful Georgian market town of Marlow.

 

FACILITY INFO

Parking: Limited Parking on Odney Lane or Sutton Road Carpark SL6 9SQ. Please do not park in the pub carpark during opening hours.

Toilets: At Sutton Road Carpark.

Nearest Food/Drink: The Ferry and lots of other options in Cookham village.

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Guards Club Park 

PADDLE PARTIES   FAMILY & FRIENDS

The quiet backwaters the other side of Maidenhead Rowing Club make the ideal spot for children’s parties and ‘Family and Friends’ gatherings. There is parking, a small park and sheltered shallow water set between 2 bridges and an island. You get the best photos of Maidenhead Bridge from here and can enjoy fun little paddles through the arches. If you are feeling fit and fancy venturing a little further, then we often accompany paddlers down to Bray. On this stretch, we pass famous Michelin starred restaurant The Waterside Inn and turn back around Heron Island. We have to be extra vigilant on this part of the river as we share it with plenty of rowers. We often run our Kids and Teens paddling groups from Guards Club Park so parents can watch the action from one of the riverside benches. 

FACILITY INFO

Parking: Small carpark at the park

Toilets: None available.

Nearest Food/Drink: The Lord Grenfell on Oldfield Road or Blue River Cafe on the A4.

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Maidenhead Sailing Club

PADDLESPORTS MAIDENHEAD

PADDLEBOARD MAIDENHEAD has an  arrangement with Maidenhead Sailing Club (MSC) which allows our paddlers to use the lake for our lessons.  Paddlers can join MSC which will enable them to hire boards for a minimal fee, along with kayaks, canoes and sail boats. 

We offer Skills & Rescue classes and sessions for beginners of all ages throughout the year. In the darker colder months we host night paddles too and it is a great place to keep paddle fit when the river level is too high.

 

FACILITY INFO

Plenty of free parking & full changing facilities. 

Toilets: Available   Bar is open occasionally. 

Location:  Summerleaze Road, SL6 8HZ

https://maidenheadsc.org.uk 

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Hedsor Wharf

BOULTERS - HEDSOR - COOKHAM

Hedsor Wharf once was the site of many a battle between Saxons and Vikings and then famous for its fisheries and eel farms. The river at Hedsor is  only accessible by water with the shortest route being from Cookham and the longer route from Boulter’s Lock. We offer both these options, but don’t recommend this trip for absolute beginners as the distance from Boulters is 4 km and access from Cookham requires ‘portage’ around a lock.

You can see we have many options of where to paddle local to Maidenhead. Go to ACTIVITIES page to see 'what we do' and the SCHEDULE page for 'when we paddle'. If you want to plan a bespoke paddle for your family, friends or colleagues, just send us a message.