The Maidenhead Waterways run through Maidenhead to the west of the River Thames. They include the five waterways shown on the map.
You can make a virtual cruise (VC) along the part of these waterways from the comfort of your armchair. Just select your starting point below, then click the next buttons to move along the waterway.
The very northern section of the Maidenhead Ditch and the White Brook aren’t yet covered by a virtual cruise.
To the north of Maidenhead the Moor Cut meets the York Stream which has followed a more easterly route through the centre of Maidenhead since the channels split to the south of the centre.
The Moor Cut is to the right of the carved tree stump and is largely dry. The York stream passes to the left of the tree stump.
Straight ahead, to the north, the channels combine to form the Maidenhead Ditch.
The River Thames flows from right to left across the photograph which is taken from the eastern bank around 3.5km (2.2 miles) south (downstream) from Maidenhead.
To the right of the boatyard, a pair of posts mark the entrance to the Bray Cut which leads to Maidenhead, to the west of the River Thames.
The Bray Cut is very overgrown and barely navigable by canoes, if at all.
Restoration is planned but will still only make it navigable by small craft and most of the boats cruising past on the River Thames will not fit along here.
The channel of the Bray Cut is very overgrown and rather shallow. Headroom is limited by several low bridges and pipe crossings.
The Bray Cut is crossed by a redundant conveyor belt bridge. The rollers are still in place but the belt has been removed.
This is one of several bridges which will limit the headroom when the Bray Cut is restored for navigation.
There are several metal bridges across the Bray Cut, all with low headroom for navigation.
The Bray Cut is probably passable with a canoe, and a little enthusiasm.
Cutting back the trees will help a lot, but the water is still shallow and the headroom under the bridges very limited.
Much of the channel of the Bray Cut is overgrown and dredging will be needed when it is restored, as well as trimming back the vegetation.
Bray Cut takes its name from the village and parish of Bray that it passes through.