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During August this year our member, the Maidenhead Civic Society (MCS), and the East Berkshire Group of the Ramblers (EBRA) have been hard at work waymarking the eight-mile Hurley to Maidenhead Millennium Walk.
The route is between Hurley and Maidenhead Riverside, connecting at each end with the Thames Path National Trail, and was devised by Ann Darracott of MCS and Margaret Bowdery of EBRA to celebrate the millennium. Since then, various missing links have been created.
The route is immensely popular, and the two organisations wanted to waymark it to ensure that people could use it without relying on the leaflet. The Windsor and Maidenhead Local Access Forum approved the project last December and MCS & EBRA set up a small committee to plan the waymarking. To fund the project each contributed £500, plus help from the borough council’s parish paths scheme and Rotary Bridge.
The group surveyed the route, to ensure it was in good order, and to plan where new finger pointers were needed and how many waymarks signs were required. They then carried out the work, no mean feat.
The Marlow Link between Marlow and Pinkneys Green will be waymarked when funding allows.
Says Ann Darracott, project coordinator: ‘The Millennium Walk is a valuable addition to walking in this area as it connects at both ends with the Thames Path and with the Green Way. It is an attractive walk for all to enjoy, and our waymarking has made it more welcoming and easier to follow.’