The rural towpath remains on the Buckinghamshire bank with views of a film set house and Bray village before passing under Maidenhead’s Brunel bridge. There are no refreshments on the towpath between Windsor and Maidenhead except in season at Bray Lock.
Windsor has many cafes and pubs.
Windsor: The Clarence, 9 Clarence Road SL4 5AE (01753 831433, www.clarence-hotel.co.uk)
Windsor: National Rail to Windsor & Eton Riverside or Windsor & Eton Central.
Maidenhead: National Rail.
Windsor: Windsor Royal Shopping, Thames Street, SL4 1PJ (01753 743900; accomodation 01753 743907).
OS Explorer 160 (Windsor) and 172 (Chiltern Hills East).