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The Ramblers promotes rambling, protects right of way, campaigns for access to open country and defends the beauty of the countryside.

News << Native Woodland Restoration event at The Thicket on Saturday September 9 from 11.00

We welcome visitors on our walks but after two or three walks ask you to join the Ramblers. As well as a regular programme of walks varying in length from 3.5 - 12 miles, we publish local walks guides, organize coach connected walks and long distance walks in stages.

Our path wardens do splendid work monitoring paths, keeping them clear of nettles and brambles and carrying out surveys. We generally have one path warden for each parish except for large parishes. We also have a new volunteer, Andrew Jeffery who will organise path maintenance or clearance tasks which Path wardens identify and which require extra manual labour and/or tools. If you would like to help or may be interested in being a path warden please contact Andrew (workingparty@eastberksramblers.org)

We also need people to report problems with rights of way issues that they find while walking. A new link to do it: http://sebr.org.uk/members/os/problem_report.php please try it.

Duncan installed the new Radar Gate on the Green Way East, by Widbrook Common.
The"Fieldfare" memorial plaque has been transferred to the new post.

Radar Gate by Widbrook Common 

Peter Nevell Memorial Viewpoint at Cliveden NT

 

Following refurbishment in the workshops of Cliveden  NT,  Peter's memorial seat has been reinstalled at the viewpoint site in the Cliveden Hanging Woods.Following a generous donation by Bridget Smith, we have been able to commission a new plaque by the original wood carver, Colin Mantripp.

 Although the views across the Thames Valley are spectacular at any time of the year, the spring time daffodils followed by the primroses are a delightful  backdrop in this sheltered bowl high up on the Cliveden escarpment.     The memorial site is best  accessed from the NT Woodland Car Park - approximately half an hour's walk on good level tracks.

seat 

Safety Improvements at Knowl Hill

 

The Council has recently installed a new handrail on Hurley FP.50 near Knowl Hill which is included in Walk No.l0 in our 'Rambling for Pleasure in East Berkshire'  book.  At our request, the handrail has been extended

to the top of the bank and  relocated on the east side of the path.  This will not only provide a much safer route but enable our Path Warden to keep the brambles cut  back from the footpath much more easily


handrail

 

37 year old dream comes a little closer

 

The developer for the former Stiefel site at Whitebrook Park has very generously doubled the original funding offer from £25,000 to £50,000  for the proposed footpath from  Cookham Road to the Thames Path.   This footpath was originally included in the Cookham District Plan of l973.    It will provide  an important link in two major routes, i.e. The Maidenhead Boundary Walk and the Millennium Walk.  In addition it will enable new circular walks to be created from Cookham and Maidenhead.

 

The photo shows the site of a proposed new seating area  beside the White Brook Woods in the background.

 

Stiefel path

The Thames Path National Trail – Missing Link

 A petition signed by over l,000 walkers has been presented to the Council by Cllr. David Mackay requesting the creation of the remaining 30m of  footpath needed to provide a continuous traffic free route from Boulter’s Lock  to Maidenhead Bridge. Direct access to the Thames Path from Bridge Gardens in Maidenhead is currently obstructed by double padlocked gates. 

Gate

The new path would run along the edge of a former boathouse slipway accessed by a flight of steps from Bridge Gardens, which still exist. Evidence of the flight of steps which used to exist on the north side of the slipway can still be seen. View from river  Until a riverside path is provided, walkers have to cross the A4094 twice or walk in the road. Forced to walk in the road   Although a 13m public footpath exists along the frontage of the old boathouse this has been used as a car park ever since it was created in l99l.   Parked cars      The RA are willing for this footpath plan viewto be used for car parking, providing an equal length of riverside path is created in exchange.   This would leave only l7m of additional footpath needed to complete the missing link.  The provision of a continuous riverside route for The Thames Path from Boulter’s Lock to Maidenhead Bridge has been outstanding for over two decades.  The scheme was supported by the Countryside Commission and Berkshire County Council in l990.In October l995 it became a corporate Policy of the Council and included in the Local Plan of July l999.The missing link was also included in the Path Improvement Plan approved by the Council in June 2005. Artist's impression The provision of this small section of riverside path will provide an attractive and safer access to the Thames Path for  thousands of tourists visiting Maidenhead every year.

 

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