playing pooh sticks in Denham Country Park
horse riding
Denham Church

Things to do


A calendar of guided walks is available here.


The Colne Valley Park offers something for everyone.  Whether you are looking for a way to entertain the family, get active in the countryside or simply relax, the Colne Valley Park will be able to cater to your needs.

Below is a selection of the most popular past times in the Colne Valley Park.  Follow the links for details of clubs, societies and businesses happy to help you make the most of your visit.

Please contact the organisations direct for more information.  

shady pathtrees in sunlight and shadepath

Walking is by far the most popular countryside recreation, and is well catered for in the Colne Valley. Facilities range from short circular walks on surfaced paths to leaflets detailing much longer countryside rambles.

Guided Walks are led by a guide, these are run by local groups with particular knowledge and understanding of the area. Discover wildlife and plants or join one of the regular healthy walks on almost every day of the week led by the London Borough of Hillingdon.

Sturdy boots and water bottles are recommended for all these walks. Some walks may involve steep inclines and stiles. Please note that dogs are not permitted on any of our guided walks.

For more information about the walks and events contact the Colne Valley Park Visitor Centre on 01895 833375. Parking charges may apply. Time and distances may vary on the day. Children must be accompanied by an adult on all activities.


These are walks you can do any time that suits you, just download and print from this web site or pick up a leaftlet from the Visitor Centre.

Short walks

These walks vary from 1½ to 5 miles and are an easy way to start exploring the Colne Valley. An information booklet is available from the Colne Valley Park Visitor Centre, and the individual walks can be downloaded as PDF files.


Country Parks

There are a number of these attractive spots which are popular because of their networks of well signed, surfaced paths and picnic or play areas. For example Black Park Country Park, Bayhurst Wood Country Park, see Top Attractions for a complete list.

woodpeckerLinear Walks

Two longer linear walks are also available. Both routes are well signed and detailed descriptive leaflets are available from the Visitor Centre. You can also find more information from the Long Distance Walkers Association.

Colne Valley Trail

This covers the northern end of the Valley.

Colne Valley Way

This covers the southern end of the Valley.


Regional Routes

A number of routes pass through the Colne Valley such as the Grand Union Canal Walk from London to Birmingham, the South Bucks Way and Beeches Way, and the Hillingdon Trail.


Ramble and Ride: A set of four leaflets has been devised giving attractive routes starting and finishing at railway stations. There is also a comprehensive network of footpaths and bridleways which can be used when devising your own route.



Some other walking organisations :

Disabled Ramblers

Walks with Buggies

Walks with Wheelchairs

The Ramblers Association


lake view

Several organisations provide access to the excellent fishing in the Colne Valley Park. Some waters are available to members only, but others can be accessed with day tickets or season tickets – see websites for details.


See here for some useful information on the council website about Family Fishing Fun Days, Fishing Clubs, how and where to fish in the Colne Valley.


Blenheim Angling Society

Fishing on Grand Union Canal and at Wraysbury fisheries.



Colne Valley Fisheries Consultative

Working for fisheries and anglers in the Colne Valley catchment.

Website :


Gerrards Cross and Uxbridge District Angling Society

Fishing on River Colne, GrandUnion Canal and various lakes in the park.



Harrow Angling Society

Fishing on River Colne and Harefield lakes



London Anglers Association

Fishing on the Grand Union Canal



North Harrow Waltonians Angling Society

Fishing in the Rickmansworth area.

Website :


Rank Xerox Angling Club

Open to all. Fishing on River Colne and elsewhere.



Uxbridge Rovers

Fishing on the River Colne and various lakes in the park.


bargeThe Grand Union Canal offers opportunities for leisure cruising, boat trips and walking in the Colne Valley Park. For two centuries it has been the busiest and most important inland waterway in England, and today there are more pleasure boats on the Grand Union Canal than any other.


Walkers will quickly discover the fascinating kaleidoscope of colourful boats, historic buildings, rich wildlife, old fashioned engineering and timeless tranquility. The Canal & River Trust are a good source of information about walking the Grand Union Canal.


The Dogs Trust recommends canals as 'the perfect location for both you and your dog due to the peace, tranquility and numerous scents your dog can explore' and Rickmansworth Aquadrome as an ideal location.


Denham Day Boats

Narrow boat hire.

Denham Deep Lock, Grand Union Canal Lock 87

Tel: 01895 271070

French Brothers

Thames cruises.


Hillingdon Narrowboats Association

Specialists in affordable narrowboat hire for community Groups, Schools, People with special needs, Older People's Groups, Voluntary Organisations and Youth Clubs.

The Boathouse, Royal Quay, Coppermill Lock, Harefield, UB9 6JA


Arthur Daily Trips

Luxury Passenger Boat, Hillingdon

Phone: 07891909749




Rickmansworth Waterways Trust

Canal trips on narrowboat ‘Pride of Batchworth’.






The Inland Waterways Association

Excellent source of information about using the canals. Website:



Denham Yacht Station

Moorings, boat sales, chandlery, diesel, bottled gas, pump out
100 Acres, Sanderson Road, Uxbridge, UB8 1NB  Tel: 01895 239811
website :

High Line Yachting

Moorings, chandlery, boat storage, repairs, boat sales. Sites at Iver and Cowley in the park.  Website:


Uxbridge Boat Centre Ltd

Narrowboat chandlery, solid fuel stoves, marine paints.

Waterloo Road, Uxbridge, Middx UB8 2QX   Tel: 01895 252019

Cycling is an excellent way to explore the Colne Valley and there are several routes to choose from.

The Colne Valley Trail is a 7 mile country route linking Uxbridge with Rickmansworth running through some of the most attractive scenery in the Colne Valley with excellent views of the rivers, lakes and the Grand Union Canal. The route is shared by cyclists, walkers and horse riders and is an ideal way to reach a number of Country Parks.

Cyclists can also use bridleways (although they must give way to pedestrians and horse riders). There is a good network throughout the Valley and are marked with blue arrows. However, many of these routes do not have a hard surface and may be muddy following heavy rainfall. (Please note: cycling is NOT permitted on public footpaths marked with a yellow  arrow).

Cycling maps

For cycling routes in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead maps can be found by visiting the Windsor and Maidenhead website.

For cycling routes in Slough a map can be found by visiting

You can also plan your own journey and access cycling maps at the Transport for London website.


London Cycling Campaign

LCC's vision is to make London a world-class cycling city and they organise numerous activities to promote this end.


West Drayton Mountain Bike Club

A club with over 200 members and an active programme of cycling and social activities.


Uxbridge Loiterers

Uxbridge Loiterers organise sociable rides starting in Uxbrige.

Edgware CTC

CTC West Middlesex

Denham Aerodrome

Denham Aerodrome is situated within the Colne Valley Park and provides a number of opportunities for flying.

Tilehouse Lane, Denham, Uxbridge, UB9 5DE. See their website here.  


The Pilot Centre

Flight Training facility for ataining your Private Pilots Licence and associated ratings.  Tel: 01895 833838



Heli Air

Helicopter training, maintenance and charter.
Tel: 01895 835899 website :


The Colne Valley Park is home to several golf clubs, some of which offer a pay-and-play service to visiting golfers.


playing golfIver Golf Club

Hollow Hill Lane, Off Langley Park Road, Iver, Bucks, SL0 0JJ

Tel: 01753 655615
website :


Thorney Park Golf Club

Thorney Mill Lane, Iver, Bucks. SL0 9AL



Uxbridge Golf Course

Harefield Place, The Drive, Uxbridge, Middlesex UB10 8AQ




Batchworth Park Golf Club

London Road, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire  WD3 1JS



Buckinghamshire Golf Club

Denham Court Drive, Denham, Buckinghamshire, UB9 5PG



Denham Golf Club

Tilehouse Lane, Denham, Bucks UB9 5DE



Gerrards Cross Golf Club

Chalfont Park, Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire SL9 0QA



Richings Park Golf Club

North Park, Iver, Buckinghamshire SL0 9DL


Riding is very popular in the Colne Valley. There are a variety of routes and riding is available in the country parks.

A long distance ride of 45 miles, Heron's Way, starts at Willetts Lane off the A412 at Denham and connects with Swan's Way at Bledlow. Riders can also enjoy a circular route from Bayhurst Wood in Harefield which takes in the Denham Country Park. A growing network of traffic free bridleways offer a variety of routes for riders of all ages. There are a number of stables in the Colne Valley for those who do not own their own horses.


Batchworth Heath Farm & Livery

Batchworth Heath, Rickmansworth, WD3 1QB

Tel: 01923 835457

Brawlings Farm Riding Centre

Brawlings Lane, Chalfont St. Peter, Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, SL9 0RE 

Tel: 01494 872132

You can find more details here.

British Horse Society

The BHS is the largest equine charity in the UK, working to help riders and horses.



Coltspring School of Riding Ltd

Sarratt Road, Chandlers Cross, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire 

Tel: 01923 774964


Goulds Green Riding School

The Stables, Goulds Green, Hillingdon, Middlesex, UB8 3DG
Tel: 01895 446256



Jack’s Riding Stables

Fore Street, Pinner, HA4 2ND

Tel: 01895 676051

Web information:


Littlebourne Equestrian Centre

Littlebourne Farm, Northwood Road, Harefield, Middlesex

See their website here.


White Lodge Stables

White Lodge Wood Lane, Iver, Buckinghamshire, SL0 0LE
Tel: 01753653000

The multitude of lakes in the Colne Valley is one of its main features and many of the lakes provide ideal venues for sailing enthusiasts. Other popular water sports include canoeing, windsurfing, water skiing and model boating.

There are several clubs in the park, many of which offer facilities such as car parking and a club house. You can find out more about individual clubs below, and further information can be obtained from the Colne Valley Park Visitor Centre.



Broadwater Sailing Club

Broadwater Lake is situated close to the Grand Union Canal and the River Colne. Once a gravel pit it is now a very attractive stretch of water providing one of the largest sailing lakes in the Thames Valley. 
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Bury Lake Young Mariners

Based at Rickmansworth Aquadrome and run by volunteers. Offers Sailing and Powerboat Courses.

website :

Datchet Water Sailing Club

The club is set on the Queen Mother Reservoir with views of Windsor Castle. The sailing water is 475 acres and about 2km in diameter.



Datchet Watersports

Also based at the Queen Mother Reservoir. Sailing and windsurfing centre.



Hillingdon Outdoor Activities Centre

Based in Dews Lane, Harefield, the centre has a 45 acre lake and provides training in sailing, canoeing and windsurfing.



Queensmead Sailing Club

Based at the Hillingdon Outdoor Activity Centre (HOAC) in Harefield.



Rickmansworth Sailing Club

Located at Troy Lake, West Hyde, Rickmansworth. 45 acres of water owned by the club and its members.



Silver Wing Sailing Club

Based at Wraysbury on a 47 acre lake, one mile north-west of the M25/A30 Junction 13. Although part of the Sports and Social Club of British Airways, the Club welcomes all sailors and some 50 per cent of members are drawn from outside the airline.



Topper Sailing Centre

At the Queen Mother Reservoir, Horton Road, Horton, Slough, SL3 9NT

Tel: 01753 682235    email:  


Wraysbury Lake Sailing Club

Near to Sunnymeads station, the club claims to be specially suitable for families, as almost the whole lake is clearly visible from Race Control and the club house.




Datchet Watersports

Based at the Queen Mother Reservoir. Sailing and windsurfing centre.



Hillingdon Outdoor Activities Centre

Based in Dews Lane, Harefield, the centre has a 45 acre lake and provides training in sailing, canoeing and windsurfing. Tel: 01895 824171
website :



Hillingdon Outdoor Activities Centre

Based in Dews Lane, Harefield, the centre has a 45 acre lake and provides training in sailing, canoeing and windsurfing. Tel: 01895 824171
website :



British Disabled Waterski Association

The Tony Edge National Centre, Heron Lake, Wraysbury is the national centre for disabled waterskiing. It holds courses, competitions, charity events, kids days and taster days. It has  a wide range of specialist equipment in the country that can help almost any person with a disability to water ski.



Denham Waterski Club

North Orbital Road, Denham, Uxbridge UB9 5HE . The club is open from mid-March through to mid-November and we offer both waterskiing and wakeboarding from beginner to competition level.




Black Park Model Boat Club

Based in Black Park near Slough. A non-competitive club that is open to new members, both individuals and families. The club covers all aspects of model boating with members’ models ranging from yachts to scale models of warships and other powered craft.



Three Rivers Radio Yachting Club

Based at Bury Lake, Rickmansworth Aquadrome, Rickmansworth, WD3 1NB.  "If you are interested in Radio Control Yacht racing come and have a sail with us. No experience required. We will lend you a boat and show you how to sail it."


The nature conservation value of the Colne Valley is one of its greatest assets enjoyed by many visitors to the area. The richness and diversity of wildlife habitats found in the Colne Valley result from the variety of underlying geology and soils, varied land uses, social and economic factors.


A tenth of the Colne Valley has been recognised as significant for nature conservation or geological interest by designation as Natural Nature Reserve (NNR), Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), Local Nature Reserve (LNR) or Regionally Important Geological Site (RIGS). These sites include ancient woodland, chalk grassland, marsh and open water.


Small areas of water meadows survive and are home to damp-loving plants such as meadowsweet and purple loostrife. Along the river banks you can also find common reed, flowering rush and nodding burmarigold. Dragonflies and damselflies are common in many of these wet areas.


Hedgerows are also a good place to look for many of the formerly common farmland plants such as poppy and meadow crane bill.


Small areas of chalk grassland are still present south of Rickmansworth and there are areas of lowland heath at Black Park Country Park.



One of the main wildlife attractions to the Colne Valley are the birds. They are often easy to observe on the many lakes particularly in the winter months when there can be nationally significant numbers of tufted duck, pochard and shoveler. During cold spells rarer species including red-necked grebe and great northern diver may visit the area. Also in the winter large flocks of lapwings and geese congregate in the fields, with redwings and fieldfares searching the hedgerows for berries.


There are many kinds of mammals to be found in the Colne Valley but many are very difficult to see. Among those you are more likely to see are rabbits and squirrels, but if you are lucky you may see a fox, muntjac deer, bats, mice or voles.


Throughout the year there is always a variety of wildlife to see around the Colne Valley. The Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust have produced a series of factsheets on some of the best sites to watch wildlife in the Colne Valley Park, click here to download : Reserve Fact Sheets


The Colne Valley Park Visitor Centre and Friends of the Colne Valley Park are pleased to offer two new Orienteering Courses.  


The Adventurers Course

This course for older children and adults takes you on an adventurous trip around Denham Country Park.  Use a compass and map to try and find the markers hidden around the park to solve the riddle.

Maps are available from the Colne Valley Park Visitor Centre for £1 and an orienteering pack including pencil, clipboard and compass is available for hire with a £5 refundable deposit.


Explorers Course

This course for younger children and schools takes you on a site seeing tour of Denham Country Park.  The simple to use map takes you around the park whilst the fun questions and activities help you explore and enjoy the park in a new way.


Maps are available from the Colne Valley Park Visitor Centre for £1 each


In partnership with the
Friends of the Colne Valley Park