On bank holiday weekend, we decided to try one of the many country walk around London. If you look on a map, Colne Valley looks like a big green area with blue spots between Slough and Watford. The valley actually follows the Grand Union canal, which was used to transport goods between Birmingham and London before the arrival of the railway. The blue spots are (for some of them at least) the old gravel pits, apparently the gravel extracted were used to build Wembley in the 1920s.
We parked our car at the Visitor center in Denham Country Park (£2.5 for the day – the machine don’t give back change). You can also arrive by train (Denham Station) from London Marylebone in less than 30 minutes.
There is a few walks around, however they don’t have much free maps at the visitor center. My advice is to plan a bit ahead and download the maps on your phone.
We choose the Denham Walk with a little extension along the canal.
Really nice walk in the wood, accessible for all which brings you in Denham, lovely little village, frozen in time.
Have a little break at one of the pub, they all have lovely beer gardens and serve food all day.
To head back to the Visitor Center you can choose to cross the golf course of follow the path which run parallel.