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.

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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.

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Short Walks

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

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Heronsgate

2¾ miles – a peaceful country walk away from roads, through farmland and woods.
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Old Shire Lane

Unfortunately due to High Speed 2 construction the Old Shire Lane, south of Chalfont lane, is shut for the next 8 years. Because of the failure by HS2 to provide an alternative footpath it is no longer possible to follow this circular walk.

6½ miles – follow ancient pathways to explore farmland, bluebell woods and the village of West Hyde.

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Horn Hill

3½ miles (short walk 2¼ miles) – a delightful rural walk with views at every turn.
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Chalfont Park

Unfortunately, due to High Speed 2 construction the Old Shire Lane, south of Chalfont lane, is shut for the next 8 years. Because of the failure by HS2 to provide an alternative footpath it is no longer possible to follow this circular walk.

5 miles (short walk 3½ miles) – through open farmland, beech woodlands and along the River Misbourne.

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Gerrards Cross

3¾ miles – varied scenery with a landscape of the old and the new with great views from the sides of the Misbourne Valley.
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Denham Woodland

5¼ miles – explore ancient Denham woodlands and the beautiful Misbourne Valley.
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Rickmansworth

1½ miles – round lakes, over rivers, along the canal and beside a stream.
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Rickmansworth Lakes

Please note, part of this route is currently closed due to repairs. The closed route is between the car park on Spring Well Lane (point 2 on map) all the way to point 4. The route should re-open by Spring/Summer. 3¾ miles (short walk 2¼ miles) – a peaceful walk around three lakes on what was once a busy gravel extraction site.
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Harefield and Batchworth Heights

5 miles (short walk 3½ miles) – beautiful views and the best of the Colne Valley, passing Rickmansworth Lakes, the Grand Union Canal and surrounding farmland.
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Mount Pleasant

3¼ miles (short walk 2 miles) – experience a slower pace along historic canals and pleasant lakes with lots of bird life. Fantastic views over the Colne Valley.
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South Harefield

3¾ miles (short walk 2¾ miles) – a walk along beautiful stretches of the Grand Union Canal and through farmland, with some of the best views anywhere in the Colne Valley.
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Grand Union Canal

4 miles – a peaceful stretch of the Grand Union Canal with views over magnificent lakes with thriving bird life.
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Denham Country Park

Denham

2½ miles – explore historic Denham village and the woodlands, waterways and meadows of Denham Country Park.
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Black Park

2¼ miles – enjoy a varied patchwork of woodland, heathland and lakeside at Black Park.
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Langley

4 miles (short walk 2½ miles) – along the canal to quiet country lanes with views across ancient parkland to Langley Mansion.
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Iver

4½ miles (short walk 3¼ miles) – a lovely walk along countryside footpaths, the bank of the River Colne and the Slough Arm of the Grand Union Canal.
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River Colne

4¾ miles – a wonderful alternative to the busy main road between Uxbridge and West Drayton.
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Harmondsworth Moor

2¼ miles – through newly created parkland, with plentiful wildlife and views to Windsor Castle and London.
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Wraysbury and Ankerwycke

4½ miles – a varied and picturesque walk along the Colne Brook, the magnificent Wraysbury Lakes, the National Trust Ankerwycke Estate and the village of Wraysbury.
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Staines Moor

3½ miles (short walk 2½ miles) – a short walk with views of the Thames, historic Staines and the Church Lammas Lakes. Please note that there is a diversion between point 5 and 6 caused by closure of a level crossing. The map still shows the original route.
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