Formed in 1965, Colne Valley Regional Park is 27,500 acres of parkland, green spaces, and waterways spanning from Rickmansworth in the north to Staines-upon-Thames in the south, and from Uxbridge and Heathrow in the east to Slough and Chalfont St Peter in the west.
This ‘mosaic of farmland, woodland and water’ comprises over 60 lakes and 200km of rivers, and acts as the first taste of the countryside west of London.
Here are some ways to explore the area…
1. Follow the Colne Valley Park trail
Walk or cycle along the Grand Union Canal’s miles of towpath and witness the idyllic countryside views. Take the dog for a new walk or check out a spot of orienteering. For more information on routes click here.
2. Visit Harefield Marina
Take in the wildlife as you stroll around the canal. Be on the lookout for herons and be sure to stop for some food in one of the canal-side pubs – The Bear on the Barge at Harefield sells wood-fired oven pizzas!
The 8-mile-long National Route 6 from Uxbridge to Rickmansworth is the perfect flat journey. Bring the kids along or take a long walk stopping for refreshments at Fran’s Tea Room at Denham Lock, the Horse and Barge Pub where Moorhall Road meets the Grand Union Canal or the Coy Carp Pub at Coppermill Lane.
4. Pop to a farm
Take a 45-minute walk or 15-minute cycle from the town centre of Uxbridge and to try the fruit from Home Cottage Farm who grow all the products they sell. You can even pick your own plums, raspberries, blackberries and apples in September and October.
5. Try open water swimming
You can now book an open water swimming session at Denham Waterski Club if you’re registered as a NOWCA swimmer. Not a member yet? Click here to find out how you can become part of one of the largest open water swimming communities.
6. Tackle angling
Fancy a spot of fishing? Registrations for 2020/21 memberships are now opening including Uxbridge Rovers.
Check out the list below for where else you can access the best fishing in the Colne Valley Regional Park:
7. Cruise along down the canal
With a one-off or yearly license, you can take a canoe down the canal. Don’t forget your flask of tea and sandwiches for a great day out.
9. Picnic in the park
Colne Valley Park has many perfect picnic spots. Check out this map for the perfect place to pause and enjoy the wildlife.
10. Visit breweries and taprooms
Check out the results of three old friends who a shared passion for a beer at Creative Juices Brewing Company, Maple Cross. Taking the bikes? Head to Thames Side Brewery and Taproom right on the river or Mad Squirrel Brew for “unhinged beers”!
11. Play a round of golf
Uxbridge Golf course is now open on a pre-booked pre-paid basis. With parkland scenes, this 12-hole course opened in the 1940s is a fair test for all golfers!
Other golf clubs in the area include:
- Buckinghamshire Golf Club
- Denham Golf Club
- Gerrards Cross Golf Club Ltd
- Iver Golf Club & Academy
- Richings Park
- Rickmansworth Golf Course
- Thorney Park Golf Club
12. Art attack
With 27,500 acres of land, there are plenty of quiet spots to take your paints and enjoy the scenery!
12. Monkey around
Head to Black Park and take on Go Ape. Take on the Treetop Challenges, Forest Segway’s and Nets Adventure or take a walk around the 10 miles of trackways whilst you wait for grandkids to finish swinging from the trees!
13. Horse ride
Colne Valley Park is full of bridleways if you love to ride! If you don’t have your own horse, not to worry… As a pony club member you can ride at Echo’s Equestrian Centre or head to Little Bourne Farm to book a lesson at their riding school.
14. Explore Maple Lodge
This 40-acre private members nature reserve has lakes, marshes and woods waiting to be explored. Keep an eye out for open days where non-members can attend!
15. Water Sport and Lake activity
Hillingdon Outdoor Activities Centre is a lively water sports and activity centre providing access, training and outdoor experiences for both Individuals and Groups.
Our 45-acre lake is situated in an idyllic rural setting in West London. Sailing started in 1950 and the centre has since become a registered Youth Educational charity in 1992, run in partnership with the London Borough of Hillingdon.
Others to check out:
16. Pause in a Pub
All these activities make for thirsty work. So why not stop off at one (or two!) of the many pubs in and around Colne Valley Regional Park.
- The Green Man – Denham
- The Swan Inn – Denham
- The Old Orchard – Harefield
- The Swan – Iver
- The Stag – Heronsgate – (Chorleywood)
- The Bells Pub and Dining – Staines-Upon-Thames
- The Crown – Harmondsworth
- The Rose and Crown – Harefield / Rickmansworth
- The Dumb Bell – Chalfont St.Peter
- The George – Wraysbury
- Ostrich Inn – Colnbrook
17. Go wildlife spotting or bird watching
Head to Little Britain Lake and catch breeding birds and heronry on the lakes island. Look out for the shoveler and great crested grebes!
18. Forage for food
Ever eaten wild blackberries? Check out this guide from the Woodland Trust for how to forage safe and responsibly – if in doubt, don’t pick it!
19. Stay in a B&B
Fancy a staycation? Spend the night in one of the surrounding B&B’s and have a weekend of walking.
Check out Colne Valley Regional Park’s recommended list:
- Jacks Mill B&B – Harefield
- The Denham Grove Hotel – Denham
- The Falcon Inn- Denham
- Pinewood Hotel – Iver
- The Langley Hotel – A luxury collection Hotel
- Harmondsworth Hall Guest House
- Ostrich Inn – Colnbrook
- Nathan’s Farm B&B – Chalfont St. Giles
Staying nearby? Colne Valley Park is a perfect spot for checking out the stars!
Still looking for more check out Colne Valley Regional Park’s list of useful links for plenty more activities, walks, and wilderness to explore.
Do you live in Uxbridge? Have you visited Colne Valley Park before? Let us know in the comments below!