A new attempt is to be made to complete a ‘missing link’ in the Thames Path.

The gap is just 30 metres long but it means walkers at Maidenhead in Berkshire have to take a diversion away from the river along a busy road.

Now Windsor and Maidenhead Borough Council believe they can reach an agreement with riverside property owners to complete the path via Bridge Gardens, a park beside Maidenhead Bridge.

The 184 mile Thames Path streches from the Barrier to the river’s source.

Borough councillor Eileen Quick, cabinet member for leisure, said: "In successive consultations on how council tax should be spent, the Thames path 'missing link' is consistently raised by a large number of borough residents. I share their aspirations but land ownership issues have been a stumbling block on the way towards achieving this goal.

"However, we believe we can work with all interested parties, including river frontage landowners and residents, to propose a way forward that will enable us to create the new stretch of footpath."

Graham Bryant from Natural England, which oversees all 13 National Trails in England, welcomed the borough's initiative to look at how a riverside alignment at Bridge Gardens could be achieved.

A report on the Thames Path will be considered by the council’s rights of way and highways licensing panel on March 4th at Maidenhead Town Hall.  The meeting is open to the public and anyone interested in the Thames Path is invited to attend.

More about the Thames Path on the National Trails’ website

Story dated Feb 19th 2014

Reader David Thomas writes:
The other big gap in the Thames path is the lack of a bridge over the river Darent between Erith and Gravesend. Because there is no bridge you have a six mile diversion. Although the path formally ends at the Barrier you can pretty much walk from Allhallows at the mouth to the source - except for this annoying gap.