Autumn tints : Boulters lock tour

Two historic routes from Boulters lock (Maindenhead)

BoultersMarlow: The town name is Anglo Saxon in origin, and means ‘land remaining after the draining of a pool’. The name is first attested as Merelafan in 1017. In the Domesday Book in 1086 it is recorded as Merlaue.

Dr William Battie, an eminent eighteenth century physician specialising in mental illness, built and lived in Court Garden House from 1758 until his death in 1776. Local folk-lore has it that he forgot to include a staircase to the first floor, so it had to be added later. The expression “batty” is said to originate from his work with the mentally ill!

The Michelin star chef Heston Blumenthal, owner of The Fat Duck in Bray, Berkshire (voted Best Restaurant in the World in 2005) lives in Marlow

Found along a tow path on the banks of the Thames, the Bounty is a pub with a difference. The only way to get there is by foot, bike or boat and when you arrive you’re faced with a bar which started life as a boat!

Route 1 : Autumn Tints tour from Boulter’s Lock (SL6 8PE) upstream via Cookham lock to Marlow Lock and return – 12.7 miles

Route 2 : Improver’s touring session: Boulter’s Lock to Spade Oak Ferry and return – 7.2 miles

Directions

Boulters lock is in Maidenhead, takes M4 and exit at junction 4, take the A4 to Maidenhead and after crossing the river turn right at the roundabout onto the A4094, continue for 3/4 miles, the lock is on your right.


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