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Maidenhead is just far enough outside London to have its own character, which is great if you are there on a business trip to Britain's "Silicon Corridor". There is a halfway prosperous town center to be enjoyed, and a green, pleasant running stretch along the Thames River. And the local "Green Way" public footpath runs north/south right through the center of town to two beautiful nearby villages, 3 km to Cookham in the north and 2 km to Bray to the south. The Green Way can easily connect up with the Thames Path at either end or at the center, at Maidenhead Bridge.
Check the town's description of the Green Way at this link.
The Thames also runs north/south, parallel to the Green Way, flowing down along the east edge of town. The river is lined by a National Trail, the Thames Path, that follows the river from its origins in the Cotswolds all the way past London City and Greenwich. Here's a good link to a Thames Path site.
This route starts in the center of town, follows the Thames towards the south, winds through Bray, and then heads up along streets back into town through Braywick Park along the Green Way.
|The Green Way across from the Bear Inn|
Just turn east on High Street and head straight out of the center. High Street then merges into Bridge Road at the old almshouses, located across the street. Follow Bridge Road the few blocks out through town to the river and, of course, the bridge.
We are now heading south along the Thames. There are nice homes on both sides of the river here. You will soon run under the railroad bridge, famous at the time it was built for having the flattest arches of any bridge in the world.
|Thames River Road heading towards railroad bridge|
|Thames Path across from Bray|
You will see and hear the M4 motorway bridge straight ahead in the distance. You need to keep running to the bridge, take the steps up to the freeway above, cross the river, then continue running along the loud roadside for a few hundred meters until you get to the next overpass, where you finally get to leave the motorway. There is a footpath along the pasture below, but there are no stairs to get down there.
|Running along the M4, my least favorite part of the run|
The first right-hand turn-off is the street leading to the Monkey Island Hotel. It was originally named after monks, not monkeys, but this didn't stop later owners from adding exotic monkey-themes to their estate.
Running straight ahead on Old Mill Lane, you are now entering the scenic village of Bray, winner of the "Best Small Village" award in 2005. You can tell that this is no run of the mill village when you see that the first pub-looking building houses a posh restaurant called "Caldesi in Campagna" (and this isn't even one of the two 3-star places in town).
The lane makes a sharp left turn at some half-timbered row houses. But keep running straight along the footpath along the side of the houses.
|Run straight up this path past the nice rowhouses|
|At Bray's celebrated Waterside Inn|
|At Bray Cross|
|View of the Hind's Head, taken from front of the Fat Duck|
|Entrance to the Causeway: turn left here|
|Just follow the Green Way waymarkers through Braywick Park|
|Along Green Lane|
|On the home-stretch of the Green Way|