Rickmansworth River, Lakes and Canal Walk
The town of Rickmansworth is ideally situated for some lovely waterside walking. This circular walk takes you along the Grand Union Canal, the River Colne, Stocker's Lake and Batchworth Lake. On the way there's rushing weirs, narrowboats and lots of wildlife to see on the lakes.
Start the walk from the car park located between Bury Lake and Batchworth Lake, a short distance south of the town centre and tube station. You can then follow a series of paths around the Rickmansworth Aquadrome, a public park and Local Nature Reserve. As well as the water features the park includes open grassland and areas of woodland with trees such as oaks and willows. It's good for wildlife too with herons, moorhens and gatekeeper butterflies to look out for.
Part of this route uses the Colne Valley Trail. You could continue west along this path to visit Stocker's Lake and Lynsters Lake. The River Chess also passes through the area so you could pick up the Chess Valley Walk to continue your waterside walking.
If you head north along the canal you could enjoy views of the River Gade and visit Whippendell Woods where there's some nice peaceful woodland trails to try.
Rickmansworth Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
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Rickmansworth Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Walks near Rickmansworth
- Chess Valley Walk - Follow the River Chess through the Chess Valley on this delightful trail through Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire
- 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
- Hillingdon Trail - Travel through North London along the Hillingdon trail and enjoy parkland, countryside and waterside walking along the Grand Union Canal.
The walk starts in Cranford Country Park and heads through the borough of Hillingdon passing West Ruislip and Harefield before finishing at Springwell Lock on the Grand Union Canal
- Whippendell Woods - Explore 165 acres of ancient woodland on this circular walk through Whippendell Woods in Watford
- Sarratt - This picture postcard village sits in a delightful spot in the Chess Valley in Hertfordshire
- Ebury Way - This is an easy short cycle and walking route ideal for families
- Croxley Green Boundary Walk - This circular walk in Rickmansworth explores the area around the village of Croxley Green.
- Cassiobury Park - Enjoy an easy circular walk around this large park in Watford
- Chipperfield Common - The 117 acre common in Chipperfield has some waymarked woodland walking trails
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.
If you fancy a pub lunch there's Ye Olde Greene Manne on Batchworth Heath, just to the south of the lake. The 18th century inn is a historic country pub with a beautiful garden. It has starred in a variety of TV and film productions such as Genevieve (1952), Withnail & I, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Midsomer Murders.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Just to the north west you could pay a visit to the picture postcard village of Sarratt. The delightful settlement is well worth a visit with a pretty village green, quaint old cottages, a pond, a fine old pub and waterside trails along the River Chess Valley.
On the eastern side of the town you can pick up the Croxley Green Boundary Walk. This waymarked circular walk explores the area around the worthy village, visiting the canal and the River Gade on the way.
Also in Hillingdon is the popular Celandine Route. The trail runs along the River Pinn from Cowley to Pinner. It is named after the pretty Lesser Celandine flowers you can see on the walk.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Chilterns Walks and the Hertfordshire Walks pages.