Well as promised, with a week to go, here are the details.
If anyone still wants to come and hasn't waved their hand then let us know!TIMES
The lake is booked from 10am to 3pm (5 hours). We will be turning up just before 10 to start using the slipway. Only one boat is allowed to use the lake at a time but the others can be moored up on the pontoons or anchoredLOCATION
The location is Taplow Lake, the home of Taplow Board and Ski
, the map is HERE
My contact number will be "PM me", Mike fromTBNS will be there so the phone numbers on the TBNS site will be available as well.DIRECTIONS
Although the site address is Amerden Lane I WOULD NOT SUGGEST YOU USE THIS IN A SATNAV
, this is because this lane is now split with the middle section being pedestrian only and the SatNav takes you to the wrong end and turning a boat trailer around will be exciting.
Instead, if you are using a SatNav either put in Barge Farm or the Junction of Berry Hill and the A4.From M4 Junction 7
leave the motorway and follow the slip road off. At the end is a roundabout with the A4, turn left to Maidenhead and Taplow. Cross over the "Sainsburys" Roundabout and continue along and go under the mainline railway bridge (DO NOT BE TEMPTED BY "AMERDEN LANE" sign by Railway bridge!) Carry on a short distance past a Shell Petrol station and Syntner BMW to a set of lights. Turn left at the lights into the narrow lane, ignore the "BRIDLEWAY" signs. Continue under the Railway bridge and still ignore the BRIDLEWAY signs. You will see the lake on the left but continue down the narrow lane until the site gates appear on the left.From Maidenhead,
go through the town on the A4 and cross the Thames. Carry on to the lights with Syntners BMW in front of you, you have to turn right at these lights into a narrow lane and this is not an easy turn and is unpopular with other cars as it is something they rarely see at these lights. In the narrow lane, ignore the "BRIDLEWAY" signs. Continue under the Railway bridge and still ignore the BRIDLEWAY signs. You will see the lake on the left but continue down the narrow lane until the site gates appear on the left.By Train
: For anyone coming for a ride and social meet it is very easy to get to by train. Taplow station is a short walk away and trains to Taplow can be caught by changing from the Mainline trains at Reading, Maidenhead, Slough and Paddington.FOOD
There is a small kitchen on-site so Tea and Coffee are available, along with a limited number of snacks. The Shell station just out on the A4 has a COSTA coffee and if you came in form M4 Junction 7 you passed a Sainsburys.RULESBoat Restrictions
ONE boat on the lake at any one time
All boats up to 21 foot permitted, all engines (Inboard, Outboard, Petrol, Diesel, LPG) permitted
All boats should meet reasonable noise limits (no through hull exhausts)All boats must PROVE suitable 3rd party insurance.Boat testing permitted, subject to having insurance.
When ski-ing/towing suitable Skiing insurance must be held and PROVED.Activity Restrictions
All towing activities permitted (Skiing,Wakeboarding,Ringos)
Multiple towing (two ringos etc.) is NOT PERMITTED
Multiseat towing (ie. a 3 person ringo) IS PERMITTED up to the certified specification of the device.Please make sure you bring your insurance with you!WHATS THERE?
We did a recce the other weekend.
As you can see there is a clubhouse with decking, you can sit in the clubhouse or out on the decking.
There are pontoons to moor up on
The slipway is steep and narrows at the bottom. It is quite likely that wider trailers will drop a wheel of the side but the bottom appears to be gravel and I do not anticipate an issue. There will be at least 2 4x4's and the site also has a Jeep.
and the lake itself!
And here is a bit of video.