SloughHorton (Windsor and Maidenhead)

Slohor two
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By Jane Taylor on 03 Jun 2022


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Description

1 km more direct than Slohor One, this route goes via the Jubilee River and Datchet; some respite from the Horton Road by routing across Datchet Common.
Some unavoidable road walking (pavement throughout, although sometimes a bit skimpy at the Horton end).
Refreshments at Datchet

1 km more direct than Slohor One, this route goes via the Jubilee River and Datchet; some respite from the Horton Road by routing across Datchet Common.
Some unavoidable road walking (pavement throughout, although sometimes a bit skimpy at the Horton end).
Refreshments at Datchet

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Reviews - 3

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Is this route good enough? -  Yes (3)

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Grade 3: Route includes rough surfaces that may include small boulders, potholes, shallow ruts, loose gravel, short muddy sections.
Access grade U: Currently ungraded.
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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)
Present at time of survey Supermarket (1)
Present at time of survey Restaurant (1)
Present at time of survey Vegan restaurant (1)
Not present at time of survey Accommodation (1)
Maybe present Accommodation < £50 (1)
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Not present at time of survey Bothy (1)
Not present at time of survey Free wifi (1)
Maybe present Public phone (1)
Present at time of survey Mobile phone coverage (1)
Present at time of survey Train station (1)
Present at time of survey Bench (1)
Not present at time of survey Picnic table (1)
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)
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Maybe present Very slippery (1)
Present at time of survey Very muddy (1)
Maybe present Very icy (1)
Present at time of survey Likely to flood (1)
Present at time of survey Long grass sections (1)
Not present at time of survey Crops encroaching on path (1)
Not present at time of survey Diverted path (1)

Obstacles

Obstacles on this route.

Not present at time of survey Stiles (1)
Present at time of survey Step and kerbs (1)
Not present at time of survey Possible to avoid steps, if applicable (1)
Not present at time of survey Flights of steps (1)
Present at time of survey Gates (1)
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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)
Not present at time of survey Acceptable road walking (1)
Not 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)
Not present at time of survey Walking on verges beside roads (1)
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Not present at time of survey Cattle possible (1)
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Not present at time of survey Tidal area (1)
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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)
Present at time of survey Other hazards (1)

Accessibility

Is this route step and stile free?

Present at time of survey Free of stiles (1)
Not present at time of survey 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 35.0cm (1)

The steepest uphill gradient walking East 6.0% (1)

The steepest uphill gradient walking West 7.0% (1)

The steepest camber gradient across the path 3.0% (1)

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

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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

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

Terrain

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50.0% of the route is on roads (1)

50.0% of the route is lit at night (1)

50.0% of the route is paved (1)

15.0% of the route is muddy (1)

15.0% of the route is over rough ground (1)

20.0% of the route is through long grass (1)

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Slough
Grid Ref SU9781680136
Lat / Lon 51.51170° / -0.59183°
Easting / Northing 497,816E / 180,136N
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Horton (Windsor and Maidenhead)
Grid Ref TQ0127875945
Lat / Lon 51.47341° / -0.54316°
Easting / Northing 501,278E / 175,945N
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reviews


Strider

02 Mar 2024 Winter

I walked from Horton to Slough. This review contains a warning.

The Horton Road is unpleasant but unavoidable, this route takes you off it at the earliest opportunity across Datchet Common into Datchet itself. The drivers and the traffic in Datchet are bad, but there are nice shops for refreshment. There is a rail crossing.

Just past Datchet the path leads onto the golf course. February 2024 had been exceptionally wet and there had been recent heavy rainfall. The path to the golf course was flooded and led to a shallow lake covering the entire SE end of the course. This was easy to walk around on the adjacent Windsor Road and entering the course about 450m further on. No golfers today. However...
At the NW end of the golf course the path is occasionally closed due to flooding. The walkway under the Black Potts Rail Bridge is below river level and when the weir backs up and overspills the bank the Jubilee River flows through this narrow space, very dangerous. I was able to pass, but signs on gates show there have been recent closures, and there is no easy walk-around for this.
It is not worth failing this route for what is an occasional seasonal problem, but perhaps avoid this route when there has been exceptionally wet weather. Previous reviewers had no problems.

The remaining walk along side the Jubilee was lovely, and the road to Slough Station was direct with nice shops.

A good direct walk maximising the green space.


Derick Rethans

31 Jul 2022 Summer

I walked this on a warm overcast Saturday, from Slough to Horton.

The walk out of Slough is pretty dreadful, with a busy road. After crossing the M4 the route follows the Jubilee River on a good path. The path then goes along the Thames which you can't really see along a Golf Club, before turning into the town of Datchet, which was full of slow and non-moving cars. You then continue through some parts and after a stretch along Horton Road and Datchet Road you end up in Horton.

It's an OK route, with some nice section, but also some industrial/concrete bits. It gets the job done.


Jane Taylor

20 Jun 2022 Spring

Good direct route that uses off road paths where available.
Walking from Horton to Slough.

This is a tricky area to route around: what with the reservoir, railway and motorway it all gets a bit hemmed in, and there is no option other than to follow the B376, narrow pavements, for the first 2km when leaving Horton.
As soon as opportunity arises it's off the B376 and down a lane to Datchet Common, a semi wild area popular with dog walkers, which leads to some playing fields.
Datchet is a handsome village with good hostelries; but a dreadful traffic problem, and some narrow pavements.
Now onto the local golf course where the path runs alongside the fairways. Eventually I came out by the Jubilee River and walked past the turning off to Eton, heading towards Slough.
It's a lovely path with wild roses growing alongside, and birds and butterflies flitting about.
The riverside path meets the A332 just by the M4 bridge; I turned right to walk up the hill to Slough station.

As a leisure route the Slough to Datchet part works well, and there’s good links to Eton and Windsor by this routing too. I have also enjoyed walking Slough to Sunnymeads (and vv) using this route, including the path across Datchet Common, as far as the footpath which turns off the Horton Road towards the railway just past the pumping station.

However, the 2km at the Horton end I suggest is not very ‘leisure’, and is really only going to suit those who are pushing through on a Slow Ways journey to or from Central/West London/Heathrow. In that respect it is an efficient routing, and one I recommend for the purpose of getting in/out of London fast.

I think it’s really a 3.5 star because of the Horton Road being so busy/narrow pavement, but it’s also a good multi purpose route with lots of connections, so I’m going to round up to 4 stars!.


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