BracknellMaidenhead

Bramai one
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By a Slow Ways Volunteer on 07 Apr 2021


Distance

16km/10mi

Ascent

119m

Descent

69m

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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Bracknell and Maidenhead.

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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Bracknell and Maidenhead.

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Not verified

Route status - Live

Reviews - 1

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Is this route good enough? -  No (1)

There are currently no problems reported with this route.

Downloads - 2

Surveys

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Description Note
Grade 3: Route includes rough surfaces that may include small boulders, potholes, shallow ruts, loose gravel, short muddy sections.
Access grade X: At least one stile, flight of steps or other obstacle that is highly likely to block access for wheelchair and scooter users.
Grading is based on average scores by surveyors. This slow way has 1 surveys.
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Facilities

Facilities in the middle third of this route.

Not present at time of survey Public toilet (1)
Not present at time of survey Wheelchair accessible toilet (1)
Not present at time of survey Supermarket (1)
Not present at time of survey Restaurant (1)
Not present at time of survey Vegan restaurant (1)
Not present at time of survey Accommodation (1)
Not present at time of survey Accommodation < £50 (1)
Maybe present Campsite (1)
Maybe present Bothy (1)
Not present at time of survey Free wifi (1)
Not present at time of survey Public phone (1)
Present at time of survey Mobile phone coverage (1)
Not present at time of survey Train station (1)
Not present at time of survey Bench (1)
Not present at time of survey Picnic table (1)
Not present at time of survey Bus stop (1)
Not present at time of survey Ferry (1)

Challenges

Potential challenges reported on this route. Some challenges are seasonal.

Not present at time of survey Scrambling (1)
Not present at time of survey Wading (1)
Not present at time of survey Swimming (1)
Not present at time of survey Climbing (1)
Not present at time of survey Stepping stones (1)
Not present at time of survey Very slippery (1)
Present at time of survey Very muddy (1)
Maybe present Very icy (1)
Maybe present Likely to flood (1)
Not present at time of survey Long grass sections (1)
Present at time of survey Crops encroaching on path (1)
Present at time of survey Diverted path (1)

Obstacles

Obstacles on this route.

Present at time of survey Stiles (1)
Present at time of survey Step and kerbs (1)
Present at time of survey Possible to avoid steps, if applicable (1)
Not present at time of survey Flights of steps (1)
Not present at time of survey Gates (1)
Present at time of survey Kissing gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Locked gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Disables access gates (1)
Present at time of survey Cycle barriers (1)
Not present at time of survey Ladders (1)
Not present at time of survey Cattle grids (1)
Not present at time of survey Fords (1)
Not present at time of survey Narrow bridges (1)
Not present at time of survey Ferry required (1)
Present at time of survey Acceptable road walking (1)
Present at time of survey Unacceptable road walking (1)
Not present at time of survey Dangerous road crossings (1)
Present at time of survey Walking on paths beside roads (1)
Present at time of survey Walking on verges beside roads (1)
Not present at time of survey Railway crossings (1)
Not present at time of survey River crossings (1)
Not present at time of survey Cattle possible (1)
Present at time of survey Horses possible (1)
Not present at time of survey Tidal area (1)
Not present at time of survey Potential falls (1)
Present at time of survey Exposed to elements (1)
Not present at time of survey Remote area (1)
Not present at time of survey Mountainous area (1)
Not present at time of survey Military training area (1)
Not present at time of survey No visible path (1)
Not present at time of survey Seasonal nesting birds (1)
Not present at time of survey Other hazards (1)

Accessibility

Is this route step and stile free?

Not present at time of survey Free of stiles (1)
Maybe present Free of single steps/kerbs (1)
Present at time of survey Free of flights of steps (1)
Not present at time of survey Free of other obstacles (1)

Measurements

Surveyors were asked to measure the narrowest and steepest parts of paths.

The narrowest part of the path is 57.0cm (1)

The steepest uphill gradient walking East 10.0% (1)

The steepest uphill gradient walking West 10.0% (1)

The steepest camber: no data

How clear is the waymarking on the route: Clear (1)

Successfully completed

We asked route surveyors "Have you successfully completed this route with any of the following? If so, would you recommend it to someone with the same requirements?". Here is how they replied.

Small Pug-sized dog (0)
Small Labrador-sized dog (0)
Large St. Bernard-sized dog (0)
Standard pram (0)
Off-road rugged pram (0)
Standard wheelchair (0)
Off-road rugged wheelchair (0)
Standard mobility scooter (0)
Off-road rugged mobility scooter (0)

Recommended by an expert

We asked route surveyors "Are you a trained access professional, officer or expert? If so, is this route suitable for someone travelling with any of the following?" Here is how they replied.

Small Pug-sized dog (0)
Small Labrador-sized dog (0)
Large St. Bernard-sized dog (0)
Standard pram (0)
Off-road rugged pram (0)
Standard wheelchair (0)
Off-road rugged wheelchair (0)
Standard mobility scooter (0)
Off-road rugged mobility scooter (0)

Terrain

We asked route surveyors to estimate how much of the route goes through different kinds of terrain.

50.0% of the route is on roads (1)

10.0% of the route is lit at night (1)

50.0% of the route is paved (1)

40.0% of the route is muddy (1)

5.0% of the route is over rough ground (1)

There is no data on long grass

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1 surveys

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3X April 2021 by SofaJockey
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Geography information system (GIS) data

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Maximum elevation

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Start and end points

Bracknell
Grid Ref SU8691868976
Lat / Lon 51.41315° / -0.75157°
Easting / Northing 486,918E / 168,976N
What3Words radar.meals.gain
Maidenhead
Grid Ref SU8903381171
Lat / Lon 51.52245° / -0.71810°
Easting / Northing 489,033E / 181,171N
What3Words prop.brings.cure

Bramai One's land is

Arable 33.8%
Pasture 33.6%
Urban 32.6%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018

review


SofaJockey

26 Apr 2021

The summary is that I don't think this route should be verified as it contains 3 sections with gated/private paths/roads, includes a long stretch down a fast road with uneven verges and misses two further opportunities for pleasant alternative walks off-road.

That said, it's a fine first attempt, the route is around 70% there as is I reckon, and the fine tuning is going to come with the walking and checking.

I'll separately be submitting an alternate route picking up on the diversions referenced in the notes.

In conjunction with the attached photos, here are my 'walk notes'.

01. The route starts down St. Ives Road. It isn’t currently so nice as you’re having to dodge construction.
02. The route also misses the immediate opportunity of crossing and then walking along York Stream. Much nicer, though it start with some shallow steps.
03. Crossing York Road, the footpath follows the ‘Green Way’ until it tunnels under the railway line and soon arrives at Stafferton Way. Top notch tarmac paths so far.
04. Having crossed Stafferton Way, the path continues East along the stream to the weir and then on towards Braywick Park.
05. Arriving at Braywick Park, there’s a width restriction of around 57cm. There are a few tight pavements and footpaths around the 60cm width on this route.
06. Following the Green Way through Braywick Park is lovely.
07. The route recommends continuing along the footpath to Hibbert Road, but this leaves you on a road with a blind bend and no verge to speak of.
08. It would be much better for the route to instead continue to follow the signposted ‘Green Way’ though the park, reaching Hibbert Road at the Braywick car park. (7° incline either way).
09. Hibbert Road soon brings you to the main Braywick Road and passing the Esso towards Holyport.
10. The marked route takes you on a non-connecting cut-through down a private road. So don’t do that, just continue along the footpath alongside the roundabout.
11. Passing the roundabout you’re then walking the Ascot Road south.
12. Crossing the M4 motorway, negotiating some temporary footpath works. (7° incline over the bridge)
13. A narrow pavement (~60cm) on the Ascot Road takes you towards Holyport Green.
14. Then crossing Holyport Green (where there are two pubs) and on to Moneyrow Green
15. There’s a significant missed opportunity here. Moneyrow Green is pleasant enough rural housing, but to increase ‘off-road’ walking, there’s a preferable ‘Primrose Lane’ bridleway.
16. Moneyrow Green is a pleasant enough street of rural housing.
17. Emerging onto Forest Green Road, there’s a firm bridleway a few paces along the road, ‘Blackbird Lane’.
18. ‘Blackbird Lane’ is a nicely surfaced bridleway heading down towards Drift Road.
19. Drift Road is a straight and fast road with narrow unstable verges unsuitable for easy walking.
Including a 0.6 mile stretch to re-join off-road walking is a mistake in my view.
20. It would be much better to cut East towards Hogoak Lane, negating most of the need to travel Drift Road, but that’s not the route we’re on
21. Back to the route ‘as is’. The 0.6 mile up-hill stretch of Drift Road is no fun at all.
22. The following bridleway in pleasant, but also narrow in places and quite churned from horse traffic in places.
23. The subsequent route is along a farm road (Hawthorn Road
24. Then along a byway (Penfurzen Lane) to join up at Weller’s Lane.
25. Weller’s Lane has little traffic and has walkable verges.
26. Though the locked gate and dog warning at the proposed route going East means we have to abandon that idea.
27. Instead we continue south along Weller’s Lane, meeting up with the route again at a small park, ‘Frost’s Folly’.
28. Weller’s Lane narrows to a single track, but there’s little traffic to dodge bar the occasional car and tractor.
29. Continuing south down Weller’s Lane, we head west along Westhatch Lane, to find our route south blocked by a gate and a farm that clearly intends not be a through-route.
30. Instead, we head east along Westhatch Lane, until we can go south down Osborne Lane towards Warfield.
31. Osborne Road is very pleasant heading into Warfield village
32. A short stretch through Warfield along the busier Warfield Street and Forest Road brings us to the next footpath heading south.
33. The byway ‘Avery Lane’ heads south from Warfield.
34. In time ‘Avery Lane’ reaches ‘Lark’s Hill Open Space’ where we head up the hill, south.
35. Crossing the roundabout on Harvest Ride, we continue south on the Quelm Lane footpath.
36. Quelm Lane is a well-surfaced suburban footpath
37. We take a path east across Braybrooke Recreation Ground. The paths are excellent.
38. Leaving the park, we head south through Bracknell housing, along Folder’s Lane which becomes Bull Lane.
39. At the end of Bull Lane there’s an underpass under Millennium Way which brings us to the ‘shopping areas’ of Bracknell.
40. The route skirts the shopping streets to our East, as we head for the station
41. Now bee-lining alongside Station Road we’re nearly done past the last patch of green space.
42. Destination (or start, depending on how you look at it): Bracknell Rail Station.

  • SofaJockey

    SofaJockey

    26 Apr 2021

    I thought I'd submitted 42 photos, but it appears only to have loaded the one. I'm checking on the forum about that.

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