We recently went walking at Dorney Wetlands which is on a section of The Jubilee River which runs from Maidenhead to Windsor. The river is a 7.2 mile man-made flood relief channel which was was completed in 2002 the year of the Queen Elizabeth’s Golden Jubilee, hence the name Jubilee River.
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Where did we walk?
From the car park (looking at the river) we headed right down the river path. We followed this path all the way down to Dorney Footbridge. This took us past some picnic benches on the right and then down to the information boards about the walks and wildlife we would see. The path was pretty much flat for the whole walk, with fishing platforms which allowed you to get a good view of the river.
We headed over Dorney Footbridge, stopping to get a view of the river and wildlife. Once over the bridge, we walked over a second smaller foot bridge and then turned left to head back to the car.
We walked along the grass footpath, until there was a path on the right hand side, which you enter through a small gate and walk around the perimeter of a neighbouring field. This takes you back to the main road near the Pineapple Pub. At the edge of the field turn left, walk along the pavement back to the car park, crossing a bridge just before you arrive back at the car.
What did we see?
There was plenty of wildlife to see. We saw a cormorant, sea gull, swans including one on her nest, greebs, coots, ducks and geese.
We also saw a pollard duck, who upon research is an endangered species with only just over 600 breading pairs left in the UK.
What facilities are there?
On the walk itself there are no facilities.
However just up the road from the car park is the Pineapple Pub and also Crocus at Dorney which is a lovely garden centre, with cafe and small play area with a giant wendy house.
If you have enjoyed this walk, check out another walk we did along the Jubilee River which was at the Slough end of the river, the walk allows you to discover wild life, Slough Weir, a number of bridges and an opportunity to see a train.
Another walk is at Dorney Lake, this is currently closed to the public for walking however.
Where can we park?
There is a small free car park which can be found here.
Is the walk buggy and dog friendly?
The whole circular route we took is not buggy friendly as after crossing the Dorney Footbridge the paths became grass rather than hard standing. However, you could have done the first half of the walk and continued further rather than crossing the bridge, turning back on yourself. This would still give you plenty of views of the wildlife and river.
The walk is dog friendly.
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