Riders in East Berkshire can enjoy a new off-road route thanks to a long project led by Sara Church, a local rider who is a BHS Access Officer and member of the local access forum. A year-long trial of the Jubilee ride was officially opened at the beginning of May.
Under the new scheme, riders are able to go from Eton Wick to Slough and back on cycle and foot paths, allowing them to avoid busy main roads. The route goes north from Eton Wick, past Eton Little Common and under the Royal Windsor Way, before heading southwards along the side of North Field and west along Eton Wick Road to the allotments. A spur road is also available northeast from the route towards Slough Road, giving access to Slough.
Signs have been put up along the trails which show the route, explain the trial and give contact details for riders, cyclists and walkers to give feedback. Following the year trial, a decision will be made based on the feedback received as to whether to continue the access route or not.
Councillor Geoff Hill, cabinet member for highways and transport, opened the route and said that team had done “an excellent job in helping to open up these paths to even more users and to ensure the safety of horses and their riders who will now be able to enjoy the Jubilee River and its surroundings rather than taking to busy roads.”