Colne Valley Trail
Follow the Colne Valley Trail from Uxbridge to Rickmansworth and enjoy riverside and canalside walking or cycling.
The trails follows the Grand Union Canal and the River Colne while also passing a series of pretty Lakes including Lynsters, Stocker's and Batchworth Lake. The trail finishes at Batchworth Lake by the car park in Rickmansworth. You can continue your exercise on our Rickmansworth Walk which takes you around the lovely Rickmansworth Aquadrome where there's nature trails with lots of wildlife to look out for.
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Colne Valley Trail Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Colne Valley Trail Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Colne Valley Trail OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Colne Valley Trail Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Colne Valley Trail Pubs/Cafes
The route passes the West London town of Uxbridge which has an interesting history as the site of the attempted negotiations between King Charles I and the Parliamentary Army during the English Civil War. The public house at the centre of those events, since renamed the Crown & Treaty, still stands and is worthy of some investigation. The pub is Grade II* listed, and dates from 1576. There is even an album named after the pub by mercury prize nominated band Sweet Billy Pilgrim. The pub does very good food and also has a fine outdoor bar for the summer months.
You can find the historic inn on Oxford Road at postcode UB8 1LU for your sat navs.
At Batchworth Lock you can enjoy some refreshments at the Cafe at Lock 81. They have a variety of sandwiches, hot food, hot and cold drinks, chocolate, crisps and sweets. There's also the adjacent Canal Centre with a wealth of information and the excellent Little Union Canal. This miniature working model canal shows how a lock and canal works. You can find the cafe at 99 Church Street with a postcode of WD3 1JJ for your sat navs. The cafe is also dog friendly if you have your canine friend with you.
In Harefield there's the splendid The Old Orchard to consider. They have a lovely large garden area where you can enjoy a meal outside on finer days. From there's a wonderful view towards the surrounding countryside, rivers and lakes of the Colne Valley. They also have a charming interior with interesting old photos on the wall. They serve a good range of high quality food and have a good drinks selection as well. You can find them to the north west of the woods at Park Lane with a postcode of UB9 6HJ for your sat navs.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Near Uxbridge you'll pass the lovely Denham Country Park. The rivers Colne and Misbourne and the Grand Union Canal pass through the park and there is a variety of wildlife, including herons, kingfishers and dragonflies. The Colne Valley Park Visitor Centre is also located in the park and well worth a visit. There's a wealth of information about the area and a nice cafe which is a good place to stop for refreshments on the walk.
At Rickmansworth you can pick up the Ebury Way, an easy shared cycle and walking trail running along a dismantled railway line to Watford.
For more walking ideas in the area see the London Walks and Hertfordshire Walks pages.