Watford is always best explored on foot, due to its numerous parks and green spaces available. Get those walking shoes on, grab a map and discover Watford’s surrounding countryside! Whether you want to enjoy a leisurely stroll or a more challenging trek, there is something for everyone!
Grand Union Canal Towpath: Watford to Hayes is a 31.1 kilometer point-to-point trail, located near Watford, that features a river. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.
This is an extraordinary towpath along the Grand Union Canal between Watford and Hayes. Along the trail there are a dozen bridges of various types from spontaneous architecture to advanced architecture. There are also many Kiosks and Pubs with hot drinks, sandwiches, etc.
Photo Credits: Ascot Kitagawa
Knutsford and Munden Circular is a 5.8 kilometer loop trail located near Watford, that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.
This is a circular walk, mainly through parks and woodland trails, and largely along well-made paths with good underfoot conditions. It is suitable for dogs, although at some times of the year there may be livestock in the Munden Estate, but this will be signposted if there is. It is fairly easy walking with just a few slopes, but nothing too difficult. There are longer walks around the Munden Estate but this is a short one as it goes in and out fairly quickly.
Photo Credits: Clive Thompson
Abbey Flyer: Watford Junction to Watford North is a 3.9 kilometer point-to-point trail located near Watford, and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.
A short linear walk in Hertfordshire, from Watford Junction rail station to the next stop on the Abbey Flyer Line, Watford North. Around half the walk is along residential streets with the remainder leading you through parks and woodland trails. This section runs alongside the River Colne through Waterfields Recreation Ground and both the Radlett Road and Knutsford playing fields. The return leg is a simple train journey, or you could walk back instead. It is an easy walk along pavements and designated paths with just a couple of gates (including a kissing gate) and no difficult obstacles. There are a couple of short gentle inclines. Allow 1.5 hours.
Hunton Park Hotel featured.
Watford Circular MTB is a 38.9 kilometer loop trail located near Watford, that features a river. The trail is primarily used for mountain biking.
Photo Credits: Allen Vaughan
This lovely tree lined path has gorgeous views of lakes, parkland and the Grand Union Canal, all teeming with wildlife, especially birds.
The Ebury Way is the perfect option for a day out visiting some of the natural sites between Rickmansworth and Watford. It is a 3.5-mile traffic-free path for walkers and cyclists along the route of a former railway line linking Watford and Rickmansworth.
Photo Credits: Isaac Kenyon