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The Jubilee River

Suit: Aged 4 and above

Terrain: Path along the river. Flat and well surfaced

Getting There: To park at Marsh Lane Weir turn right off the A4 (between Maidenhead and Slough) signposted Dorney Reach. The car park is 1⁄2 mile on the right hand side. To park at Dorney continue on the A4 taking the next right signposted to Dorney. Just before the village you will see the car park on the left hand side.

Parking: There are good car parks at Marsh Lane Weir and Dorney Village. The route can be accessed directly from both car parks. Dorney village also has the Palmers Arms and Pineapple pub.

Short Section: From either car park cycle downstream and return the way you came. If you were to start at Marsh lane Weir and cycled to Dorney and back you would complete about 3 miles. If you wished to go a little further on from Dorney then just past Manor farm bridge there is an opportunity to divert up the small hill for a great view of Windsor castle, and in the distance, Burnham Beeches and Windsor Forest.

Longer Section

If you wished to go a little further here are a couple of options.

  • Dorney to the end of the Jubilee River (8 miles)

If you were to start at Dorney you may like to ride all the way to the end of the river. Follow all the way travelling under the A332 and Railway bridge. Continue on the river as it passes Slough Weir. At the car park take care crossing the road using the pelican crossing. The playing fields of Eton are now to your right. At the Myrke footbridge cross over and return back along the river on the opposite bank. You return back to the southerly bank in a mile. Follow all the way back.

  • Dorney to Eton (8 miles)

It is possible to cycle directly into Eton from the Jubilee River. There is a traffic free route that will take you right into the centre of the town and Eton Bridge. Once you have passed under the A332 you will come to the railway bridge. Turn right here at a small blue sign saying route 4 following alongside the railway. Continue along this path going under the railway. At the Dorney road go straight across following route 4 signs to Eton. Follow route alongside railway arches enjoying superb views of the castle to your left. At the lane go left into Eton. At the junction (you may wish to dismount here) turn right towards the Watermans Arms for the very centre of Eton and footbridge to Windsor.

 

The Phoenix Trail 

Suit: All Ages

Terrain: Flat, Traffic free and Tarmac Surface

Getting There: From Princes Risborough take the A4129 to Longwick. If you are taking the short route follow this road towards Thame turning off at Towersey. For the longer route at Longwick turn towards Chinnor on the B4009 for about 1 mile.

Parking: For the short route park in Towersey village by the Three Horshoes pub. For the longer route park by the railway bridge on the B4009.

The Phoenix Trail has something to suit everyone, a quick traffic free ride along a short section or a 10 mile ride there and back between Princes Risborough and Thame. It is a converted railway line and therefore flat as a pancake and with an excellent surface throughout. The trail is dotted with sculptures and seating, and the village of Towersey has the Three Horseshoes Pub.

Short Route (2.5 miles there and back)

If you have smaller children and fancy a short 2.5 mile ride along the trail then you can ride between Towersey and Thame. Park in Towersey near the Three Horseshoes. The railway bridge you can see 100 yards down the road is your access point to the trail. Simply follow the trail to Thame . Getting into the town centre is very easy-follow the signs and go along Windmill Road and Nelson Street to enjoy a mooch around Thames historic High Street. Return to Towersey by the same route.

Longer Route (10 miles there and back)

If you want to go further then you can start from near Longwick on the B4009.There is a railway bridge that is your access to the trail. There is parking on rough ground on the left hand side (as you are going from Longwick) directly by the bridge. From here it is about 5 miles to Thame or 3.5 to Towersey.

Windsor Great Park

Suit: All ages (lots of opportunity for longer rides for older children)

Terrain: Primarily flat, traffic free, tarmac surface.

Getting There: From Windsor travel on the A308 towards Staines. Go through Old Windsor following signs for “Saville Gardens”. As you pass the Sun pub the entrance to Saville Gardens is in a 1⁄4 mile.

Parking: There is limited free parking for approximately 20 cars on the side of the road just before the main car park. Otherwise the main Saville garden car park is free for the first 90 minutes then £1.50 for the next hour.

Turn right at the entrance to the Saville gardens building. Follow path through the Rhododendron bushes, then as it bears left. At Cumberland gate turn left and follow alongside “Smiths Lawns” and the polo ground. Continue straight on down through the trees.

Keep straight on as the path goes over the bridge in between the two lakes.

There is a small incline now as you head towards the pink gate house at Black Nest Gate. Pedal over the bridge then after 100 yards take the left hand tarmac path which will lead you alongside Virginia Water.

You will be following this path alongside the water for almost 2 miles. There are several picnic spots and places to enjoy the view. Look out for the “leptis Magna” ruins, and just after that the Cascade waterfall which offers an excellent photo opportunity.

Continue following the lake until you reach the Totem Pole. Pass the Pole as the path goes gently uphill through more Rhododendron bushes. At the crossroads follow signs to Saville Gardens. There are again many picnic opportunities at the top by the Obelisk as well as a childs playground. Continue on to return to the car parks.

 

Bracknell Forest (Swinley Forest)

Suit: Over 5 year olds off stabilizers.

Terrain: Good surface and well drained forest tracks .There are some hills.

Getting There: From Bracknell town centre follow signs to the “look out discovery centre and coral reef”. Keep following signs over the roundabouts turning right onto the B3430.The entrance to the forest is on the left opposite “coral reef” swimming pool.

Parking: Parking comes at a minimal charge depending on the duration. However the various attractions that the forest offers means it can become very busy at weekends and holiday times.

  1. Go just to the left of the Lookout centre to the adventure playground. Go through the gate and turn left (signposted mountain bike area). Keep straight on following red signs at all junctions. At marker point 10 keep following red signs. There are some steep downhills here so take care.
  2. At junction 3 follow red signs to lake ride. Following the red signs will take you on a circuit around the edge of the mountain bike area, sticking to the wider path. Eventually you should return to marker 3. Fortunately if you do get lost the numbering system can help you find your
  1. At marker 3 take the “lower star post trail”. Keep straight on. At marker 5 take “look out and pudding hill” path. At marker 9 continue following signs for look out. At unsigned junction go right to return to the lookout

Burnham Beeches

Suit: All ages.

Terrain: Undulating tarmac lanes.

Getting there: There are various ways to get to Burnham beeches. The easiest way to get to the main car park shown on the map is on the A355 road between Beaconsfield and Slough. As you drive through Farnham common you will see signage pointing you towards the beeches.

Parking: There is a large car park area that will accommodate dozens of cars at East Burnham Common. This is next to a large open area of the beeches, ideal for picnics and playing. There are also toilets here together with a café and information point.

A short ride around the beeches

The best way to enjoy a ride around the beeches is to incorporate it with a walk into the woods. I have included the footpaths on the map so you can explore these historic woodlands. From the main car park you can ride down Lord Mayors Drive which is about a mile to the end and back on a primarily flat well surfaced path. It is a nice diversion to visit the upper and middle pond which are connected by a small stream. You can also do the same down Sir Henry Peeks Drive which is again flat and well surfaced.

For a longer ride go down Halse Drive and do a loop around Mcauliffe Drive and Dukes Drive. This would be about 2 miles in total. However Halse Drive incorporates a steep down then up so it is likely you will be pushing your childs bike at some point. The castle earthworks are a point of interest and the ride along McAuliffe drive is particularly attractive. All these “drives” are well surfaced.

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