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Boulter’s Lock and Ray Mill Island

Back in the Autumn we had a family explore around Boulter’s Lock and Ray Mill Island in Maidenhead. It is a lovely place to explore with room to run, plenty to see and a nice park to play in. There was a public car park just up the road from Boulter’s Lock, you have to pay for it but it isn’t too expensive.

Boulter’s Lock is a fantastic place to watch boats going in and out of the lock and I always find it fascinating to see the water coming in and out of the lock itself. Once you have had enough of boat spotting you can head over the bridge onto Ray Mill Island.

Ray Mill Island is a great opportunity to see swans, geese, ducks and squirrels aplenty and in addition there is a bird aviary and guinea pig enclosure for you to look at. There is a little play park and around the island are wooden animal sculptures for little ones to explore plus a wooden wobbly bridge for everyone to explore. At one end of the island is Boulter’s Weir which makes an impressive site to watch as the water cascades back into the Thames.

The play area on Ray Mill Island
Ray Mill Island Weir

There are toilets on the island and a privately owned cafe. We spent a good few hours exploring Ray Mill Island and even enjoyed an autumn ice-cream.

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