The route of the complete waterway starts at The Thames near
Cliveden Reach, running via the White Brook (Widbrook) across Cookham Moor, to the
junction with Strand Water. It then runs southwards via Maidenhead Ditch until it
splits at Town Moor into York Stream and Moor Cut. Town Moor would be an ideal
location for a turning point for boats, with day moorings. York Stream passes
to the west directly into Maidenhead town centre. The previous flood role of
the Moor Cut channel to the east, which is now dry, was overtaken by the Jubilee
The Group's priority is to restore and enhance the town centre ‘Ring’ and the
southern link to The Thames first as a key part of the council's Area Action Plan
for the rejuvenation of Maidenhead town centre.
Concentrating on this section first would bring the greatest benefit to the town
centre at the lowest cost, bringing boats into the heart of the town. The entire
waterway has main river status and an irrevocable right of navigation - despite
this being impractical at present. York Stream channel runs southwards past Hines
Meadow car park, flowing through the town centre by the Library at Chapel Arches.
A small basin plus riverside mooring is planned here.
The stream continues down to York Road and then on to rejoin the Moor Cut
channel at Green Lane. A weir and lock will be built at Green Lane, to raise and
stabilise water levels and create a town centre ’Ring’ allowing navigation into
and around the town centre, initially by small boats.
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Phase 1 of the scheme focuses on restoring the southern stretch of the waterway up
to and including the town centre 'Ring'. This section poses the fewest challenges
technically and would bring the greatest immediate benefit to Maidenhead town centre.