Question: can you guess where the photo below was taken?
Answer: London! This stunning view over Broadwater lake is in Harefield, a small village in the London Borough of Hillingdon, and part of the Colne Valley.
In stark contrast to the illuminated skylines of the city and the manicured perfection of the more formal parks and gardens, the Colne Valley is true countryside, home to farmers, anglers, all manner of villages and a diverse range of communities.
The Colne Valley is just over 20 minutes from Marylebone. Alight at Denham Station and explore the bridleways around Denham Country Park. Bring your bike and cycle down the canal to Rickmansworth, stopping at any number of waterside pubs on the way. Or take a short taxi ride to the Aquadrome, Black Park, Langley Park or Harmondsworth Moor.
Where to Eat
The pubs in the Colne Valley are full of wooden beams, open fires and craft beers. Booking is advised, as lunch time is popular with visitors and residents alike. Or, bring a picnic and a football and enjoy a lazy day in the sun, away from the rush of the city.
The cafe at Denham Country Park offers a range of hot and cold food, drinks and snacks, perfect if you’re visiting with a family and don’t want to travel too far. Children’s picnic boxes are £3.50 and include a panini or hot dog.
Off the Beaten Track
The Colne Valley straddles four counties, Hillingdon (Greater London), Berkshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire. With Heathrow to the south and the M25, M4, M40 and A40 running through it, it would be easy to think that the countryside would be spoilt, noisy and overcrowded, but it isn’t. Rather, there is a glorious hustle and bustle around the Valley.
With numerous straight and circular walks, you can start off from a busy park and soon find yourself trekking over fields and through woods, leaving the crowds behind.
Something for Everyone
Horse riders, anglers, kayakers, canal-dwellers, hikers, ramblers, runners, cyclists, dog walkers, families, bird watchers and anything in between, there is something for you in the Colne Valley! From windsurfing to orienteering, there is always something happening somewhere Valley, and that’s not to mention the farmers markets, museums and open garden days.
For more information about what’s on or general enquiries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, visit http://www.colnevalleypark.org.uk or go to https://www.facebook.com/colnevalleypark/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel.