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Hertfordshire Walk
Cassiobury Park & Grand Union Canal, Watford

County/Area - Hertfordshire

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 2.0 miles / 3.3 km    Ascent - 80 feet / 24 metres

Time - 1 hours 10 minutes    Grade - easy

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Walk Route Description

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This short Hertfordshire walk explores Watford's Cassiobury Park together with a section the Grand Union Canal. The start is the entrance to the park near the junction of Langley Way and Parkside Drive (Grid ref. TQ091974). Langley Way is reached by using the A441. Parking is available on the street but do be considerate to local residents.

Follow the enclosed path between houses into Cassiobury Park. Walk ahead to cross the River Gade. Note the weir to your right. The path continues to cross the Grand Union canal. To your right is a lock, which is often a hive of activity as boats move up and down this important canal. Bear left to reach the canal towpath and walk south passing through a pleasant tree lined section.

At the next bridge you may wish to walk further along the canal past some cottages on your right to another lock. Ahead you will see Metropolitan Line trains crossing a viaduct. There are many narrow boats moored in this area with some used as houseboats. After completing your exploration return to the bridge and cross the canal to follow a clear path going east. At the first junction take a lesser path off to your left. This crosses the river by means of a footbridge.

Reaching the far bank, turn left and follow the path. Do not cross the river but continue with the river on your left to reach the miniature railway. Shortly after passing the railway you turn right on a clear path that you used at the start of the walk.

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Walking in Hertfordshire

Despite its proximity to London, Hertfordshire offers a wide range of walking opportunities through pleasant countryside and attractive villages. Hemel Hempstead, Stevenage, Watford and St Albans are the main towns with walks to suit all abilities within easy reach. The highest land in the county lies to the north-west at Pavis Wood near Tring (244 metres above sea level). Part of the county lies within the Chilterns AONB and is characterised by rolling hills offering scenic walks. Long distance footpaths in the county include the Ridgeway, Icknield Way, Harcamlow Way, Hertfordshire Way and the Grand Union Canal Walk.

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