I’m always on the look out for somewhere new to head for a walk (push) by the water with my pooch, when I heard about this place I thought it was worth a go.
Venture into the Berkshire countryside on the edge of Maidenhead, you will find Boulters Lock and Weir. A car park across the road from the entrance to pub and beginning of the walk has a number of parking bays to suit all needs and once parked up a zebra crossing leads to the front of The Boulters Lock pub and the entrance to the back of the pub leads to the start of the walk.
Turning left will take you to an ice cream shop, small child’s play area and toilets.
Turn right and this leads you to a bridge and smooth path alongside the lock. All newly developed housing means lovely smooth winding paths and accessible walkway.
with places to take a moment.
Approx half a mile after the housing estate
you will come across a kissing gate, a small hill but with a manual wheelchair you definitely need help in getting to the top, a number of options of where to head!?!
Either into the nature reserve with thin, uneven paths or staying to the right of the lock over another bridge with green pasture views and more smooth, winding paths into the park.
A great walk to take on a fresh September day out with the hubby and the pooch. The good news is either way gets you to somewhere to stop and refresh.
Skindals is atvthe end of the park (unfortunately not open on a Monday) or turn around, head back towards the car and head to the Boulters Lock Gastro pub.
On a sunny day the terrace is open for guests to sit outside and take in the views, but as it was s little chillier sitting I.side was a better option with a small bar area, soft furnishings and neutral colour scheme Boulters Lock was a great place to refresh after a mornings lock-side adventures.
A great menu of locally sourced, fresh produced and a weekly lunch deal of 2 courses for £16.50.
sweetcorn and coriander soup to start.
Followed by Chicken Milinase with salad.
The food was ok, basic pub grub, if I’m honest but the staff were lovely and it was nice to try somewhere new.
But if I’m truthful I would look to do the walk another day and head to skindals.
Access for my Wheels
There were disabled car parking bays both at the car park and outside the front of the pub, both where smooth and tarmacced.
The walk for the first ,5milr was very accessible, it was the hill after the kissing fate that would have been better with a motorised wheelchair or as I did needs a push up from the other half, but once at the top it was plain sailing again.
The pub was accessible with flatvrntrance, tables high enough for a wheelchair to get under and a disabled loo with pull down bar, wall bars and a large door handle, no emergency cord though.
Pooch Friendly – Yes
I will degunately be doing this walk again, most probably dragging all the family along for a waterside walk before a spot of lunch.