Maidenhead Boundary Walk
Organised by the Rotary Club of Maidenhead for your charity fundraising

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I park?
There is limited parking at Boulters Lock Car Park, which is free on the day, so please share transport where you can. Unfortunatley there is no parking at Checkpoint 2, Woolley Cottage, though there are roads not too far away that are not busy on a Sunday.

Are there toilets on the route?
Toilet facilities are available at base camp (Boulters Lock Car Park), Ockwells Park, at checkpoint 2 and the various pubs along the way.

Can we get refreshments on the route?
Water and soft drinks are available at all check points. Tea and coffee can be had at the Finish at Boulters Lock (proceeds to Rotary Charity Fund) and Woolley Cottage (proceeds to Thames Valley Adventure Playground.)

What MUST I bring with me on the day?

  • Wear comfortable shoes or boots, carry a lightweight waterproof
  • Suitable clothing - warm & wet weather, as well as sun cream as you can never predict the British weather!
  • Your sponsor form - every walker needs a form even if you're not raising funds as we use this for safety reasons to know who is still out on the walk.
  • Route Map (available online at
  • Water to keep you going!
Can I bring my dog?
Of course you can, its always great to see our four-legged friends out enjoying the walk. Please note if you decide to do half of the route we cannot provide transport for your dog as volunteers use their own cars for this.

What is the path like?
The path is a mixture of pavements and the thames path itself so in wet weather it can get a bit muddy, so do take care on your walk.

Is the walk suitable for pushchairs?
Yes it is suitable for pushchairs and we love to have little people enjoying the day too. However the route does follow the Thames Path so at some points does become narrow and muddy, so please bear this in mind.

Do I have to raise money for charity?
No you do not have to raise money for charity in order to do the walk, however we do encourage you to use this as a fundraising event for a charity you are passionate about, or perhaps for Maidenhead Rotary Club so we can continue our work in the local community. Please note even if you are not raising funds for charity you are required to bring a sponsor form with you on the day as we need the information in the contact section for safety reasons.

Do I have to bring a sponsor form with me on the day?
Yes, every walker must have their own sponsor form as we use this to know who is still out on the walk so we can send out a search party if needed. We also use the information on the form to create your certificate and in case of an emergency and we need to contact a relative.

Can I do a shorter walk?      
If you don’t fancy doing the 13 mile route then there is a shorter option too. You can either start at Boulters Lock car park and walk to Checkpoint 2 at Wooley Cottact (7.5 miles) and our shuttle service will bring you back to base. Or you can start at Wooley Cottage and walk to Boulters Lock, again with a shuttle service to take you back to Wooley Cottage. If you decide to stop at any other point then please inform a volunteer at the checkpoint that you are abandonding the walk.

Please note, we cannot transport dogs or children requiring the use of a car/booster seat as our volunteers insurance does not cover this.

Can I abandone the walk half way round?
Yes you can choose to stop at any point on the walk but you must inform a volunteer at your nearest checkpoint first so we know you have decided to leave early. If you don't do this we will be out looking for you at the end of the day!

What happens if the river crossing is not operating?
On the rare occasion that we have to stop the river crossing due to bad weather or dangerous river conditions we will inform walkers on the day. You can still do the walk, following the old boundary of Maidenhead, by proceeding along the towpath to the M4 footbridge, you then walk back to Bray via Old Mill Lane. This adds an extra 1.6 miles to the walk.

Can I just turn up on the day?
Yes but please bring a completed sponsor form with you to speed up registration. When you arrive at Boulters Lock car park go to the New Walker Registration queue.

I want to register a group – how do I do this?
Registering a group is very easy to do, simply click here to complete the online form and to pay the £10 group registration fee.

What happens on the day – how do I to check-in?
If you have registered as an individual online then on the day please arrive at Boulters Lock Car Park between 9am and 10-30am. You will still need to check-in at the “Online Walker Check-in” desk at the start, as we need to keep track of you for safety reasons. Once at the desk hand in your sponsor form and you will be given your walker card.  Please note YOU MUST bring your sponsor form with you. If someone wants to join you on the walk and they have not pre-registered they will need to register on the day at the “New Walker Registrations” Desk and pay the entry fee.

If you are a pre-registered group then the above applies to you also, but go to the "Group Registration" queue instead.

What is the role of the group organiser?
As group organiser you are responsible for ensuring all your members have completed a sponsor form and that they have all the details needed to do the walk on the day. You are also responsible for registering your group on the day. Please note we will only register the whole group on arrival and cannot register individuals from your group to avoid confusion.

How many people have to be in the group to qualify for discounted entry?
To qualify for the one off £10 entry free you need a minimum of 15 people in your group.

Is there a prize for the largest group taking part in the walk?
We do have a prize, in the form a trophy, for the group that has the most walkers - can you take on the challenge?

How far do we have to walk to qualify for the prize?
To qualify for the group prize you must all walk at least half of the route.


The organisers can accept no responsibility or liability for any loss or injury to property or persons involved in this event however caused.

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Registration for group of 15 or more is just £10, providing the group is registered before 9th September 2017.

If you have any questions or queries please contact Jim Howles via Email

The Rotary Club of Maidenhead Charitable Trust Registered No: 1025051