27th May 2020

Groundwork South, who are the managing agent of the Colne Valley Regional Park, are closely monitoring the current coronavirus situation and we would like to reassure our visitors and volunteers that your health and wellbeing is our absolute priority.

This will mean that many of our events have been/will be cancelled or postponed. We will be able to deliver some of our events online and we urge you to follow us on social media for updates.

Update 27th of May 

Based on the newest government advice, we are allowed to enjoy our countryside and nature, but we must STAY ALERT and continue maintaining social distancing. Now is the perfect time to appreciate all the little things nature gives us from your doorstep. During this time Colne Valley Regional Park will aim to help you get inspired by the beauty of nature and help you explore your countryside on your doorstep. Below you will find information about The Colne Valley Regional Park, information from our partners, and we will bring you ideas of how you can explore Colne Valley safely. For any further questions don’t hesitate to contact us via email.

We urge everyone to be responsible and always check before travelling. We advise you to avoid places if they look busy and if it’s difficult to maintain social distancing! 

For up to date information form the government check their website: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Colne Valley Visitor Centre and Riverside Café 

Update 3rd of July:

Please note: The Café and toilets will be open from 6th of July with limited hours from 11am to 3pm.  The Colne Valley Visitor Centre will remain closed until further notice.

Please help us keep the park tidy by using the bins or taking your rubbish home with you.

For parking information and information about Denham Country Park, please see up to date information on Bucks Country Park website.

Events

All events have been cancelled until further notice. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for more updates.

We have been working on downloadable material and online workshops to help families and individuals to engage with nature. Check our website for regular updates: https://www.colnevalleypark.org.uk/bringing-the-colne-valley-park-indoors/ 

Office

Our office is currently closed, and most of The Colne Valley Team are working from home. If you need to get in contact with us, please email us at [email protected]uk

Conservation work

Conservation work has now stopped until further notice.

Volunteer River Rangers

Volunteer activities have re-opened for these projects: river walk monitors, non-native invasive species (NNIS) surveyors and riverfly monitors.

For more information please see here.

We will continue hosting a series of free workshops and tutorials online to help us stay connected and improve people’s wellbeing. Check our website to see what we are offering: https://www.colnevalleypark.org.uk/things-to-do-2/events/

Places in the Colne Valley

Many places in the Colne Valley are now open. Nature reserves, green spaces, woods and country parks. These are great places to enjoy nature while still keeping social distancing. We do however recommend avoiding places if they are getting too busy. Below we have listed ideas and information about places in the Colne Valley. We also recommend checking our website for more ideas: Places to go and Things to do.

Walks: 

On our website we do have plenty of ideas for walks in the Colne Valley. Walks are a great way to enjoy nature while maintaining social distancing. Have a look on our website and check if there is a walk in your local area you have not discovered yet. Find out more here.

Bucks Country Parks update

Black Park, Langley Park and Denham Country Park are all open for business for visitors to exercise more, take a walk, or simply enjoy a picnic in some of the most beautiful surroundings in Buckinghamshire. However all facilities such as toilets and cafes still remain closed. Please note, height restriction for the car park may also be in place. For full up to date details of the current restrictions in the parks please check their website before travelling: Buckinghamshire Country Park website.

Please remember to follow social distancing guidelines at all times to stay safe. Further guidance on spending time outdoors and access to green spaces during the current pandemic can be found on the government website.

Museum, Eating, Activities and Leisure

For up to date news for museums, pubs and cafés, places to stay and various leisure places in the Colne Valley we highly recommend to check their website. For information on what you can do in the Colne Valley and for link to their website check here: https://www.colnevalleypark.org.uk/useful-links/

Most museums such as Chiltern Open Air Museum, Batchworth Lock Canal Centre and Harmondsworth Barn still remain closed.

Most cafés still remain closed however some are offering take away service, such as Cafe in the park (Rickmansworth Aquadrome), Wood Oaks Farm Tea shack (Saturday and Sunday only, Maple Cross) and The Crew Room Café (Denham)

This information changes fast therefore we always advise to check the places website for up to date information.

The outside is a crucial part of maintaining our health and wellbeing. But for some of us we might be needing to self isolate. We are therefore hoping at the Colne Valley Regional Park to keep you connected with your local countryside and nature. We will be doing our best to bring the outdoors indoors through technology into the comfort of your home.  We very much hope this time gives you a good opportunity to get to know the Colne Valley Park a bit more for the sunny days ahead, when our freedom is returned.

Find out more here.

We hope that these information have helped you get to know the Colne Valley Regional Park and that we have provided you with information that you needed. Don´t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. Remember to stay alert, wash your hands and keep social distancing.  Now it is time to explore your local countryside and support your local business where you can.  Breathe in fresh air, listen to the birds singing, soak up the sunshine and enjoy the Colne Valley.