The Old Orchard and Colne Valley Walk

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The Old Orchard and Colne Valley Walk is a 4.3 mile loop trail located near Harefield, Greater London, 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.

Distance: 4.3 miles Elevation Gain: 547 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching




pub walk

A circular pub from the Old Orchard in Harefield, Middlesex. The Old Orchard's hillside position affords it some of the best views of any pub, an uninterrupted panorama of the Colne Valley lakes with their beautiful wooded slopes. In the summer you can enjoy your refreshments on the terrace or in the large garden to enjoy these views but, if the weather is less inviting, the inside of the pub is just as welcoming with open fires and plenty of cask ales to choose from. The walking route has something for everyone. A stretch along the bustling canal towpath, meandering paths between the lakes plus woodland and quiet farm tracks. There are many steady climbs and descents throughout. The paths are a mixture of well-made stone towpaths and tracks, plus field and woodland paths, the latter of which can be narrow and a little overgrown and can get muddy after periods of rain and in winter. You will need to negotiate one gate and two stiles (both stiles having open fencing alongside which should be easy for most dogs to negotiate). The stiles and gate can be avoided by changing the first few hundred yards of the walk and leave the car park via the vehicle entrance and turn left down the hill until you reach a right hand bend with a stile to your left. Pick up the main directions here from the last sentence of section one. Approximate time 2 hours.

2 months ago

Done the trail today and, as we come to cross the main road between the two counties, it advises to cross over to the bridleway to find our next turn right signposted to Pynesfield Lake. However, due to the HS2 works taking place in those fields at the moment, the field is all fenced off and you can't turn right anywhere. You have to come back onto yourself towards Old Uxbridge Rd to find the sign for Copper Mill 003 trail. It was a shame but still enjoyable.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Lovely walk we enjoyed as a family with our daughters 10 and 6.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

This is one of my favourite walks and the view across the valley from The Old Orchard is wonderful. There's a mixture of busy canal life and wide open fields and valleys.

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