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Route Plan

Introduction

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 River scheme.

Phase 1

Planned Route 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.

To put the map on the left in perspective visit our Interactive Map.

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.