Cycling in Slough
Slough is an ideal area in which to cycle as it is a compact, densely built up area only 7 miles east to west and approximately 3 miles north to south. It is relatively flat, so cycling is a viable alternative to the private car for most journeys, including shopping, work, and school trips.
Local routes for new riders
The Jubilee River Cycle Route is one of the most popular off-road cycle paths in Slough. The seven-mile-long man-made flood channel was constructed by the Environment Agency and opened in 2002. Running between Maidenhead and Windsor, it provides a haven for fish, birds, animals and people. Highlights include the ‘Dorney Wetlands’, an area specially created to provide a superb breeding and feeding habitat for many bird species. A well surfaced 3-metre-wide path follows its entire length, with most of this being available to cyclists. National Route 61 starts at the A4 bridge at Taplow and follows the Jubilee River before branching off at The Myrke continue eastwards through the Slough Linear Park.
As the name implies, this is a narrow green corridor, developed by Slough Borough Council and other partners, with a footpath/cyclepath provided along its length. It starts at the borough boundary at Manor Farm Bridge and extends along Jubilee River, then through Upton Court Park and Ditton Park to the edge of the Queen Mother Reservoir. The land to connect Upton Court Park and Ditton Park and thus complete the Linear Park has now been acquired by the Council and path construction should be completed during 2008. Much of the funding for new paths within the Linear Park has been provided by Grundon Waste Management Ltd via the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme.
Local bike hire
Cycle Hire Slough Bikes are available 24/7, 365 days a year at 17 docking stations.
Each docking station has an information terminal with maps and directions on how to use the scheme.
Users must pre register on line to access the system. Releasing the bike is undertaken with a membership card.
You must be 16 or older to ride a Cycle Hire Slough Bike. Find out more and register here.
I already cycle...
The National Cycle Network gives more confident cyclists the opportunity to ride longer distances often along scenic river routes, railway paths and trails:
NCN4 between London and Fishguard, Wales is approximately 447 miles along canals and railway paths and NCN61 travels from Maidenhead to Hatfield, Welwyn Garden City and Hertford before arriving near Hoddesdon. See Sustrans' NCN map here.
Visit Slough Borough Council's cycling pages for more information about cycling in the area.