The Cut in Berkshire is a river in England that rises in North Ascot, Berkshire. It flows for around 14 miles (23 km), through the rural Northern Parishes of Winkfield, Warfield and Binfield in Bracknell Forest on its way down to Bray, where it meets the River Thames just above Queens Eyot Island on the reach below Bray Lock, having been joined by the Maidenhead Waterways. The Cut is so named because it was diverted eastwards artificially from its original course westwards to the River Loddon via Stanlake Park south of Twyford. The river has had a chequered history with regard to its water quality and suffered from pollution, particularly in the 1960s, probably due to the rapid expansion of nearby Bracknell. However in recent decades things have improved and the river now contains a large population of small chub, along with some roach and gudgeon in its lower reaches though it seems to have limited appeal to anglers.