The first real taste of countryside to the west of London
The Colne Valley Regional Park stretches from Rickmansworth in the north to Staines and the Thames in the south, and from Uxbridge and Heathrow in the east to Slough and Chalfont St Peter in the west.
Despite its proximity to the urban sprawl of west London, the Colne Valley Regional Park is a landscape of surprises. Covering more than 43 square miles, it features lush green countryside, pleasant villages with traditional country pubs, bustling towns, river, lake and canal-side walks. It is a world of spectacular diversity and hidden gems, a superb recreational resource. Discover its many wildlife-rich habitats in 19 nature reserves, five country parks and along more than 200km of water-ways.
The region’s heritage can be explored through its many visitor attractions. People have been living and working here for a long time – there is evidence of human habitation dating back 8,000 years. The Park’s many tranquil areas are easily accessed from west London and Slough, and handy for major transport links such as the M25, M4, Heathrow and national railway routes.
On the map to the right you will find the top 20 most popular places to visit, which one will you chose to explore? Click on the red balloons to find out more. For more ideas find out what you can do on our ‘Places to Go page’. You might also find the BBC Countryfile March 2021 Episode on the Colne Valley Park interesting.
Denham Country Park
River Colne at Harmondsworth Moor