off Court Lane
Tel: 01753 832756
DIRECTIONS TO DORNEY LAKE
Access by Road
The nearest motorway access is M4, Junction 7
Exit Junction 7 and go left at end of slip road to A4/Maidenhead
Pass through one set of traffic lights
Turn left after 500m at superstore roundabout onto B3026, signposted Dorney/Eton
Pass back over M4, entering Dorney village
Right, at left-hand curve, into Court Lane, signposted Dorney Reach and Lake
Pass Dorney Court and Walled Garden Centre entrance
After 400m enter Dorney Lake site through large double gates straight ahead
Follow perimeter road left of water to Boathouse at far end
Park behind the building, in main car park nearby or in the separate Eton Suite area
NOTE: Satnavs and computer maps may lead you astray at Dorney Court, which has the same postcode, so please follow above guide.
Main stations for Dorney Lake are Slough (Paddington line) and Windsor & Eton Riverside (from Waterloo) but is also near Burnham, Taplow, Maidenhead and Windsor & Eton Central (branch of Paddington line).
All these stations are within a quarter-hour drive of Dorney Lake.
DORNEY LAKE-The Essentials
- Junior Sculling Head
- National Schools Regatta (2016/2017-shares event with Nottingham Watersports centre)
- Wallingford Regatta (NOT the same as Wallingford Long Distance Sculls which is actually held in Wallingford further up the river)
- Metropolitan Regatta
- Marlow Regatta
Info for spectators
Opened in 2000; Eton School’s rowing home and famously the venue for the 2012 London Olympics rowing events.
Parking: Plentiful-on the grassy banks of the lake at a price. Get there early if you don’t want a very long walk to the finish! Have to pay but not extortionate.
Viewing: Unimpeded viewing all the way along the towpath. Cycling is absolutely forbidden for the parents and can result in the disqualification of the crew whose parents try!
Catering/food: For some of the events KCSBCSA provides a marquee as a focal gathering point for rowers and supporters. For National Schools full catering for the boys is provided over the 3 days of the regatta along with plenty of refreshments for the parents/supporters in our marquee which will be pitched on the easterly towpath along with all the other school/club marquees. For Wallingford we have a marquee and hot drinks. Otherwise there is a cafe and bar in the Boathouse behind the finish line and, depending on the size of the event, there can be outside catering stalls providing tea, coffee and fast food. On the way in to the venue to your left as you enter there is the Dorney Court Kitchen Garden-a garden centre with a cafe normally open for 9-5. Quite a walk from the racing but if it is a long wait between races helps break up the day! If it is an even longer wait then the Pineapple Pub is on the left as you leave Court Lane on the way out. Serves what they describe as a “serious” sandwich selection and great range of beers and ciders
What to bring: Everything you need to cope with British early summer from Sun cream to thermals. If it’s hot then hat essential as little shade outside marquees; same principle if it is raining-little shelter anywhere so full waterproof gear. Folding camping chair very helpful and/or picnic mat as it can be a very long day and grass not always dry enough to sit on.
Other useful points: Dogs allowed if kept on lead at all times. Normally plenty of portaloos but the proper ones in the boathouse if you are down that end better. Live commentary through speakers at side of Lake but can be big gaps between them so try http://radio.canstream.co.uk which normally provides better commentary or tune into 87.7 FM. Race results available on Board down by Boathouse but probably quicker on Twitter. There is a stall down towards the boathouse selling NSR T shirts and hoodies – these can sell out so buy earlier rather than later. Also you can buy great photographs of the races from DE Photo. These are normally available within an hour or 2 of the race finishing.