BracknellMaidenhead

Bramai two
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By SofaJockey on 05 Jun 2021


Distance

16km/10mi

Ascent

77m

Descent

129m

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Description

This route uses a mixture of footpaths, byways, bridlepaths and rural lanes. It has some gates but no steps. The route leaves Bracknell skirting the Bracknell shopping areas to the east and using an underpass under Millennium Way to follow two suburban streets north. Crossing Braybrook Recreation Ground we pick up an off-road byway to reach Larks Hill Open Space. Heading north along another byway brings us to Forest Road, which we follow east for a time, before heading north along rural lanes and passing Frost Folly, a small wildlife park. We then pick up leafy off-road footpaths to reach a short section >0.1 mile of Drift Road which we cross. Marked footpaths take us across two fields before joining up with Blackbird Lane bridleway heading north and subsequently along Moneyrow Green up to Holyport Green (where we pass two pubs). We’re back onto a main road to cross over the M4 before heading east to walk the length of Braywick Park, heading north until we meet the weir on The Cut and follow the river until it becomes York Stream, following this waterside footpath. A short section of road brings us to the end point at Maudsley Memorial Garden. It follows much of the route of the originally posted Bracknell to Maidenhead route, but it corrects 3 sections blocked by gated/private paths/roads, omits a long stretch down a fast road (Drift Road) with uneven verges and takes advantage of more off-road walking. The route lacks a pub/stop-over/resting place at its mid-point, but there are two villages with pubs, one towards the south of the route (Warfield) and one towards the north of the route (Holyport)

This route uses a mixture of footpaths, byways, bridlepaths and rural lanes. It has some gates but no steps. The route leaves Bracknell skirting the Bracknell shopping areas to the east and using an underpass under Millennium Way to follow two suburban streets north. Crossing Braybrook Recreation Ground we pick up an off-road byway to reach Larks Hill Open Space. Heading north along another byway brings us to Forest Road, which we follow east for a time, before heading north along rural lanes and passing Frost Folly, a small wildlife park. We then pick up leafy off-road footpaths to reach a short section >0.1 mile of Drift Road which we cross. Marked footpaths take us across two fields before joining up with Blackbird Lane bridleway heading north and subsequently along Moneyrow Green up to Holyport Green (where we pass two pubs). We’re back onto a main road to cross over the M4 before heading east to walk the length of Braywick Park, heading north until we meet the weir on The Cut and follow the river until it becomes York Stream, following this waterside footpath. A short section of road brings us to the end point at Maudsley Memorial Garden. It follows much of the route of the originally posted Bracknell to Maidenhead route, but it corrects 3 sections blocked by gated/private paths/roads, omits a long stretch down a fast road (Drift Road) with uneven verges and takes advantage of more off-road walking. The route lacks a pub/stop-over/resting place at its mid-point, but there are two villages with pubs, one towards the south of the route (Warfield) and one towards the north of the route (Holyport)

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Bracknell
Grid Ref SU8691868976
Lat / Lon 51.41315° / -0.75157°
Easting / Northing 486,918E / 168,976N
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Maidenhead
Grid Ref SU8903381171
Lat / Lon 51.52245° / -0.71810°
Easting / Northing 489,033E / 181,171N
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Martin Ellis

09 Jul 2022

Bracknell to Maidenhead (Bramai 2) review.

An enjoyable rural route between two conurbations that does an admirable job at minimising the urban walking at either end.

The Slow Way begins at Bracknell rail station. It passes by an extensive shopping precinct before leaving town via an underpass.

It leaves the road at a recreation ground (Photo 1) to join a shaded byway north (Photo 2).

There’s a pavement walk alongside the A3095 to The Plough and Harrow pub (Photo 3).

Quiet lanes weave northwards where most of the traffic on my walk were cyclists (photo 4). After crossing the Ascot Road, the Slow Way becomes footpath through woods (photo 5).

There is a short stretch of busy road with a grass verge (Photo 6) before a return to footpaths (Photo 7).

The Jolly Gardener pub (Photo 8) is on a corner which can be skipped via a footpath. As an alternative break point; there are two pubs off the attractive Holyport village green (Photo 9).

The walk over the M4 is alongside the A330. The Slow Way avoids the main road into Maidenhead for a welcome stroll through the Braywick Park Nature Reserve (Photo 10).


Petr Sadilek

11 Jul 2021

A well chosen route that avoids walking on or next to busy roads. The only stretch of road where it's necessary to walk on the verge of a road with fast traffic is Drift Road but the route takes a turn off very quickly. It'd be safe to avoid this part of the route in the dark. Footpaths through forests can be narrow and lined with thorny bushes. A jacket is helpful. Sections of the route are usually public footpaths marked at the beginning and end but a detailed guide is necessary to avoid veering off course. There are hardly any benches outside towns but plenty of grassy areas to sit down on. Overall a nice walk in the countryside though the hedges are mostly thick and walkers won't see much of what's behind them.


SofaJockey

05 Jun 2021

This route largely follows footpaths and country lanes. There are nice pubs nearer the start and end (though not in the middle). The route passes Frost Folly park and goes through Braywick Nature Reserve.


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