Batchworth Lake and the Grand Union Canal Circular Walk

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Rickmansworth Aquadrome Local Nature Reserve

Batchworth Lake and the Grand Union Canal Circular Walk is a 3.3 mile loop trail located near Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, England that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Length3.3 miElevation gain282 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingLakeRiver
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A circular walk from Rickmansworth's Aquadrome running alongside the local waterways. Covering 100 acres, the Aquadrome Local Nature Reserve consists of lakes, grassland and woodland and is an ideal place for walks. The walk heads out along a stretch of the Grand Union Canal before turning to run alongside the railway to reach Rickmansworth town centre and on through the Aquadrome Local Nature Reserve to reach the start point. Throughout the walk you'll enjoy a real mix of waterside environments, from bustling towpaths with locks and colourful narrow boats, to peaceful rivers with plenty of wildlife and also the busy water activity centre with sailing and water skiing on show. The walk is almost entirely flat throughout and there are no gates or stiles. The surfaces are a mixture of well made tarmac and stone paths and woodland dirt tracks, the latter of which can be muddy after wet weather (and can also be a little overgrown). There are toilets and a cafe near the car park. Approximate time 1.5 hours.

The walk starts from the Aquadrome car park in Rickmansworth which is marked with brown signs. The car park is accessed from Frogmoor Lane off Harefield Road. Approximate post code WD3 1NB. If you are travelling by train, Rickmansworth rail and tube station is just a five minute walk from the junction of High Street and Church Street (within section four of the walk) and so the walk can be adjusted to start and finish here.

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Amanda Robinson
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WalkingBugsMuddy

Nice walk although a bit muddy in places and quite busy on paths near the car park. A lot of canal towpath with not a huge amount of differing views but nice and flat and easy going. Locks were interesting near the weir

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David Wood
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Easy walking with varied scenery. A little boggy in places and busy around the aquadrome.

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MD •
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Rory O'Connor
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Laura Parker
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Enjoyable trail, perfect directions and lots to see on the route. Recommend for anyone after a lockdown stroll where you pass some local shops and cafes to get a snack and a coffee on the way.

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Arron Rafiq
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WalkingGreat!Muddy

Quaint walk along with the Grand Union

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Orhideja Relic
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Walking

Easy trail, perfect for Sunday after lunch walk. Only one thing I notice it is not 5.3 km but more like 6.5km

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Vitor Freitas
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Easy and nice walk !

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Ming Wang
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Charlotte Minvielle
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WalkingGreat!

Lovely easy walk with a variety of lake, canal, and field :) Rickmansworth is cute too.

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Ami Ross
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Hiking

Nice walk, not overly scenic but a good quick walk.

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Adam Low
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Walking

Easy walk with the family, a little crowded at the Aquadrome and a good amount of dogs but otherwise we enjoyed it a lot.

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Paula Pardoe
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Walking

Nice and flat, interesting scenery, canal, lake and woodland paths. Stopped in the Coach and Horses in Rickmansworth High Street for lunch. Massive garden and table service. Great food too.

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Ascot Kitagawa
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful scenery with lakes and canal. Flat paths and suitable for everyone. Cafes and Tesco are available.

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Charlie Jones
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Lovely for kids as flat and good surfaces. enjoyed the canal section especially but there were more residential roads than expected. Would come again. Toilets, cafe, and car park great.

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Laura James
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Lovely and varied walk. We especially enjoyed the canal section. Only negative is the long section between the railway line and the playing field which feels very hemmed in.

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Hugh Vickers
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Top notch

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Aviv Gilad
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Hiking

very nice walk with grate view of the lakes and canal.

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Wendy Reynolds
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Hiking

Stunning trail - totally privileged to have seen swans and geese showing of their brood of signets and goslings - the wild flowers and trees along side the canal and lakes just breathtaking. Nice easy trail that can be enjoyed by young and old alike - beautiful!

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Richard J
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Christian de Charmant
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Darius User
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Emma Witts
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Jonathan Darrer
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Helena Mulugeta
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AllTrails User
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Nicolas Barea
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Harsha Harsha
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