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|Batchworth Lake and the Grand Union Canal|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 23 Aug 2012||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 3.5 mile circular walk from Rickmansworth’s Aquadrome running alongside the local waterways. Covering 100 acres, the Aquadrome Local Nature Reserve consists of lakes, grassland and woodland and is an ideal place for walks. The walk heads out along a stretch of the Grand Union Canal before turning to run alongside the railway to reach Rickmansworth town centre and on through the Aquadrome Local Nature Reserve to reach the start point. Throughout the walk you’ll enjoy a real mix of waterside environments, from bustling towpaths with locks and colourful narrow boats, to peaceful rivers with plenty of wildlife and also the busy water activity centre with sailing and water skiing on show. |
The walk is almost entirely flat throughout and there are no gates or stiles. The surfaces are a mixture of well made tarmac and stone paths and woodland dirt tracks, the latter of which can be muddy after wet weather (and can also be a little overgrown). There are toilets and a cafe near the car park. Approximate time 1.5 hours.
The walk starts from the Aquadrome car park in Rickmansworth which is marked with brown signs. The car park is accessed from Frogmoor Lane off Harefield Road. Approximate post code WD3 1NB. If you are travelling by train, Rickmansworth rail and tube station is just a five minute walk from the junction of High Street and Church Street (within section four of the walk) and so the walk can be adjusted to start and finish here.
|Start to Batchworth Lock|
Start point: 51.6327 lat, -0.4748 long
Leave the Aquadrome car park in between the two information boards and turn right along the minor road. Continue ahead alongside the vehicle gate to join the tarmac footpath which runs alongside the main access road. As you reach the humped bridge in the road, fork left onto the stone narrow footpath heading for the canal towpath.
|Batchworth Lock to Lot Mead Lock|
Start point: 51.6349 lat, -0.4667 long
Go up the wide slope and cross the narrow bridge (signed Albert’s Garden) to reach the towpath running in between the two branches of the canal. Continue ahead with the canal on your right.
|Lot Mead Lock to High Steet|
Start point: 51.638 lat, -0.451 long
Turn left between the two white cottages heading away from the canal on Public Footpath 30, signed to the High Street. Follow the fenced stone track with the hedgeline to the left and open fields and the rail line over to the right.
|High Steet to The Bury|
Start point: 51.6411 lat, -0.4659 long
Turn left onto the High Street and continue until you reach the cross roads with traffic lights.
|The Bury to River Colne|
Start point: 51.6375 lat, -0.47 long
Turn left between the brick columns and then immediately fork right onto a grass/dirt path heading through a row of sycamore trees. Keep close to the right hand hedge boundary and follow this as it swings left to reach a footbridge over a pretty stream.
|River Colne to End|
Start point: 51.6347 lat, -0.4694 long
Cross over the bridge and turn right onto the towpath. Continue over the wrought iron bridge and then turn immediately right and keep right at the fork signed Batchworth Lake Circular Walk. Follow this well made tarmac track with Batchworth Lake to the left and the River Colne to the right.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2012 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
|By Richard on 2012-12-14 16:48:19|
The canal parts of the walk are beautiful, with many sweet gardens kept by the boaters. Much of the walk is near the railway line is nice but not particularly pretty. I would recommend.
|By AdamJC5849 on 2016-01-17 18:08:29|
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