Guided Walks

Walking is the most popular countryside recreation, and is well catered for in the Colne Valley Regional Park. Facilities include short circular walks on surfaced paths and there are leaflets detailing much longer countryside rambles.

Guided Walks are led by local groups with particular knowledge and understanding of the area. Wear sturdy boots and bring water bottles for all of these walks – some involve steep inclines and stiles. Please note that dogs are not permitted on any of our guided walks.

Parking charges may apply. Time and distances may vary on the day. Children must be accompanied by an adult for all activities.

If you want to discover the wildlife and plants of the Park, contact the Colne Valley Park Visitor Centre or visit our Events Page for more information.

Guided Walk Black Park

Self-Guided Walks

These are walks you can do at any time that suits you. Either pick up a leaflet from the Visitor Centre or see the links below.

Short Walks
Varying from 1½-5 miles, these walks are an easy way to start exploring the Park.

Country Parks
The Colne Valley has a wealth of country parks, including Black Park Country Park and Bayhurst Wood Country Park. These are highly popular spots because of their networks of well-signposted, surfaced paths and picnic or play areas.

Linear Walks
Two longer well-signposted linear walks are also available, with detailed descriptive leaflets available from the Visitor Centre. More information can be found from the Long Distance Walkers Association.

Colne Valley Trail – Section 1

This section of the Colne Valley Trail links Rickmansworth to Uxbridge. It runs through some of the most attractive areas of the Colne Valley and provides excellent views of the River Colne, lakes and the Grand Union Canal. The route runs parallel to the towpath for much of its length and is intended to be shared equally by cyclists and walkers. Come along to Colne Valley Regional Park Visitor Centre and grab a copy of the Colne Valley Trail Map or find a downloadable copy here. Along the tow path for refreshments, you will also find Jack’s Mill Café and B&B at Black Jack’s Mill, Harefield and the Coy Carp pub, Harefield. Enjoy spotting the local wildlife, variety of historical industrial buildings and narrowboats you will see along the way.

Please note, at the southern section of the Colne Valley Trail at Colnebrook, Old Slade Lane Accommodation Bridge is closed for the rest of 2020 (this is due to M4 smart motorway works). For further information click here.

As part of the Landscape Partnership Scheme, a new and updated version of the Colne Valley Trail will be produced in the next 3 years.

Explore the Colne Valley Park Countryside on your doorstep Leaflet
Explore the Colne Valley Park Map

The Colne Valley Park covers more than 40 square miles and is the first real taste of countryside to the west of London. The Valley is a mosaic of farmland, woodland and water, with 200km of river and canal and over 70 lakes. It is also a living, working environment, providing employment and homes for many people, as well as being a haven for wildlife. Download our “Explore the Colne Valley Park” leaflet or the map here. and go and explore the countryside on your doorstep.  You can pick up a printed version of the leaflet at the Colne Valley Visitor Centre.