SloughIver

SlouIve two
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By Jane Taylor on 28 May 2022


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Description

This route option corrects the access problem SlouIve One has at Slough station (routes through station, which isn't possible without a ticket to travel). It now heads North from the station along a busy B road to the canal terminus, and then follows the towpath east from there. Otherwise it is as SlouIve One, and just as delightful along the canalside, and the fields on the approach to Iver.
Mostly pavement and canal towpath, short stretch of narrow uneven path when accessing the towpath at Iver

This route option corrects the access problem SlouIve One has at Slough station (routes through station, which isn't possible without a ticket to travel). It now heads North from the station along a busy B road to the canal terminus, and then follows the towpath east from there. Otherwise it is as SlouIve One, and just as delightful along the canalside, and the fields on the approach to Iver.
Mostly pavement and canal towpath, short stretch of narrow uneven path when accessing the towpath at Iver

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Route status - Live

Reviews - 3

Average rating -

Is this route good enough? -  Yes (3)

There are currently no problems reported with this route.

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Grade 2: Mostly smooth and compacted surfaces, but there may be some loose gravel, muddy patches or cobbles.
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.
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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)
Not present at time of survey Campsite (1)
Not present at time of survey 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)
Maybe present Very muddy (1)
Not present at time of survey Very icy (1)
Not present at time of survey Likely to flood (1)
Not 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)
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)
Not 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)
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)
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)
Not 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)
Not 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?

Present at time of survey Free of stiles (1)
Not present at time of survey Free of single steps/kerbs (1)
Not 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 100.0cm (1)

The steepest uphill gradient walking East 20.0% (1)

The steepest uphill gradient walking West 20.0% (1)

The steepest camber gradient across the path 4.0% (1)

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

Successfully completed

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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

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.

15.0% of the route is on roads (1)

15.0% of the route is lit at night (1)

20.0% of the route is paved (1)

10.0% of the route is muddy (1)

1.0% of the route is over rough ground (1)

1.0% of the route is through long grass (1)

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Start and end points

Slough
Grid Ref SU9781680136
Lat / Lon 51.51170° / -0.59183°
Easting / Northing 497,816E / 180,136N
What3Words tones.leans.retain
Iver
Grid Ref TQ0385081192
Lat / Lon 51.52011° / -0.50461°
Easting / Northing 503,850E / 181,192N
What3Words drums.sage.noon

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reviews


Strider

27 Aug 2022

I walked from Slough to Iver.
After crossing over the rail line and along a busy road it is canal for most of the way. The Slough Arm of the Grand Union Canal is a dead end and feels like a long thin lake rather than a thoroughfare. Reeds, dragonflies, fish, and waterfowl are plentiful and make the walk a peaceful delight. Leaving the canal close to Iver the path crosses fields before a short section of busy road that cuts Iver in two. The destination is a Co-Op but there is coffee a small row of shops further up near the clock.
A lovely walk. Mostly good well made paths, some rotted steps, a kissing gate and narrow paths are the only obstacles ( see pictures).


Derick Rethans

07 Aug 2022

I walked this from Slough to Iver on a warm and sunny Saturday afternoon.

This route starts at Slough, which isn't known for it's architecture. Luckily, most of this route is along the Slough Arm of the Grand Union Canal, which was a really pleasant walk, albeit it very straight for about 80% of the route. There were lots of free snacks in the form of blackberries. Yum. When you leave the canal near Iver, the route takes you along and across fields. Normally, these would probably be very green, but as we did not have any rain lately, it's mostly brown. Some of the paths were a little overgrown. The last bit into Iver village was a little annoying, with too many cars.

A very lovely route altogether though!.


Jane Taylor

28 May 2022

Isn’t it great when a good direct off road route is ready made for a Slow Way? In this case the Slough arm of the Grand Union canal will deliver you from Slough to Iver along a peaceful green corridor, with only minor irritation at either end from the car frantic outside world.

Walked Slough to Iver. A short walk away from Slough station (some of the minor irritation) is the start/end of the Slough canal. The towpath is mostly in good condition, there are a couple of places where it narrows but it never felt unsafe.

I passed several fellow travellers, mainly school children, some cyclists, one scooterist, a fisherman enjoying not catching any fish - he didn’t use bait, just loved casting the line, a group of men with several young terriers, a woman picking a large bunch of the yellow iris which was in peak flower alongside the water…. a decent microcosm of everyday life in the spaces around the M4/M25.

After a good long leg stretch I turned off the canal to approach Iver across fields. Skylarks, long grass, Iver church in view. In one or two places the path was narrow and rooty.
Another short intrusion of too-much-traffic on the final approach to Iver.

Public transport from Iver village is by bus, there’s one every half hour to Slough or Uxbridge, but last bus out is about 7.15pm, so no late evening dawdling in the pub for me!
The trains from Iver station are excellent but the station is a good mile from the village (along the trafficy road).

All in all this is an enjoyable route and one I recommend.


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