The Ebury Way around Rickmansworth and Watford
Tue Apr 14 00:00:00 BST 2009
- Start: Near the Canal Centre, Batchworth Lock, Rickmansworth
- End: Riverside Park, Watford
- Country: England
- County: Hertfordshire
- Type: Country
- Nearest pub:
- Ordnance Survey: OS Explorer 172
- Difficulty: Easy
The Ebury Way is the perfect option for a day out visiting some of the natural sites between Rickmansworth and Watford
THE Ebury Way is a 3.5-mile traffic-free path for walkers and cyclists along the route of a former railway line linking Watford and Rickmansworth. By bike it is a 30-minute easy ride, though for the more adventurous it forms part of route 61 of the National Cycle Network which
runs west to Uxbridge and Windsor and beyond, and from Watford
Route 6 goes from London to the Lake District.
The surface has been designed to be easy going for all users including wheelchairs, with many accessible entry points along the way. Acting as a 'green corridor' for wildlife and well away from the bustle of nearby towns and traffic the route passes through a variety of habitats, including open moor, scrubby wood, wetlands and water. Crossing the three rivers - Colne, Chess and Gade - and the Grand Union Canal, there is plenty to see along the way.
The Ebury Way links the Rickmansworth Aquadrome, Croxley Common Moor and the Withey Beds Local Nature Reserve.
The Aquadrome south west of Rickmansworth is an extensive area of lakes formed by gravel extraction, most notably used in the construction of Wembley Stadium in the early 1920s, and is a popular open space for walking, fishing, watersports and observing wildlife.
Croxley Common Moor
This 100-acre nature reserve and SSSI provides a wonderful habitat for wildflowers and many bird species including the green woodpecker. A stroll across the moor, which commonly provides grazing for cattle, brings you to the banks of the tranquil River Gade where kingfishers are
a common sight. Look out for ant hills in the grass - a sign that most of the moor has never been ploughed or fertilized.
The Withey Beds
This area of wetlands is almost unique in west Hertfordshire because of improved drainage and flood relief schemes elsewhere supporting a wide range of habitats and wildlife.
Walking for health
A health walk route from Croxley Green is lead by volunteers on alternate Fridays. The Health Walk Route starts from the Harvester Pub, Baldwins Lane, Croxley Green. Cross the road at the pedestrian crossing and turn onto the tow path before you cross the canal. Follow this for about a mile. Turn left onto the Ebury Way for half a mile then turn left to cross Croxley Common Moor and follow the path on the south side of the canal to join Blackmoor Lane and then back up to the Rickmansworth Road. The route is 6km or 3.75miles and should take about 90 minutes.
Start Near the Canal Centre, Batchworth Lock, Rickmansworth
Finish Riverside Park, Watford
Distance 3.5 miles
Time 1.5 hours
Rating Easy, a traffic free route
for pedestrians and cyclists
Transport Buses: Traveline 0870 608 2608; Trains: national rail enq. 08457 484950
OS Map Exlorer 172