We really enjoyed walking at Braywick Nature Reserve in Maidenhead, it makes a lovely family walk.
You can park for free in the car park on Hibbert Road which takes you directly into the Formal Park area. There are some beautiful trees and benches dotted around and open green space to enjoy.
Where did we walk?
When we walked at Braywick Nature Reserve we walked through the Formal Park and past the cemetery on our left. We then followed the path out of the Formal Park keeping to our left and found some wonderful wooden sculptures, which the children really enjoyed.
We carried on along this path and could see the new Braywick Leisure Centre on our left. In front of us was a giant ‘teletubby’ hill which was great for young adventurers. We carried along the footpath turning right down some steps once past the ‘teletubby’ hill – there was a wood carving at the bottom of the steps and we then went up the steps opposite and walked were on the nature reserve fields.
If we had turned left after the ‘teletubby’ hill we would have been on the Braywick Park playing fields where there is a play area.
We however, walked across the nature reserve looping back towards the Formal Park. There is a cut that runs alongside the nature reserve, we did not visit this however but there are apparently steps down from the nature reserve fields. There were several steps, bridges to cross and also a pond to observe throughout the walk.
Is the walk buggy and dog friendly?
You could take a buggy on this walk, if you went through the Formal Park and then walked along the path with the Braywick Leisure Centre on your left. You would need to turn back on yourself as there were steps to access the nature reserve fields. We walked here in November and the field was boggy and muddy in places so also not ideal for a buggy.
There were lots of dogs being walked whilst we were on our walk and dog waste bins dotted around.
Braywick Park Trail
In the Formal Garden, near the car park there is also a map for the Braywick Park Trail. This map is great just to get an overall feel for the Nature Reserve and where you can walk but it also has ten places to spot around the site for the trail (see map below) and look out for the wooded numbered posts.
What facilities are at the walk?
There are no toilets or catering facilities at the walk. There is a free car park and the sign in the car park reads ‘free of charge with a maximum stay of 3 hours Monday to Friday 8am – 5pm during school term time only. No return 4 hours’.
The car park address is Hibbert Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 1UU.
Just down the road next to Braywick Leisure Centre there is also Maidenhead Mini Golf and Maidenhead Dessert Bar. Click here to read the Berkshire Mummies review of Maidenhead Mini Golf.
If you have found this walk of interested, have a look at the other family friendly walks in Berkshire and the surrounding area I have written about on the blog. Have you visited Boulter’s Lock and Ray Mill Island? This is one of our favourite places to visit in Maidenhead.
Also, here are 25+ ideas to help motivate children during a walk which you might find of interest.
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