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
Rickmansworth Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Rickmansworth OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
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.
You start at Chesham Station passing Latimer, Chenies and Loudwater before finishing at Rickmansworth Station
- 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
- Whippendell Woods - Explore 165 acres of ancient woodland on this circular walk through Whippendell Woods in Watford