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Denham and The Colne Valley

Denham and The Colne Valley

Denham represents perhaps the last outpost of Shire England to the west of London before the capital's sprawl takes over. Appropriately, this circular walk describes a ring around the intersection of the M40 with the M25, but don't let that put you off, as the route provides an excellent way to enjoy a protected area, with remnants of market gardens and nurseries providing a reminder of how the villages around here once supplied fresh fruit and flowers to the capital. Its waterways also provided a means for city dwellers to reconnect with nature, and the walk links with both the River Colne and the Grand Union Canal in its early stages.

At little over 5 miles in total, allow a good two hours to complete the walk. There's a useful Visitors Centre at the start providing refreshments as well as a canalside pub about a third of the way in. Although the path is good most of the way, some sections of fields can get muddy, so boots are recommended, and there are a number of stiles in the latter part of the walk.

The walk starts at the Colne Valley Park Visitors Centre (UP9 5PG), about half a mile north of Junction 1 of the M40, off the A40, which is clearly signposted. Denham is accessible by rail with Chiltern Railways out of Marylebone. Car parking is available, but a charge is made, although for this you do get access to the Centre and its facilities. Picnic tables are also provided here.

The full walk can be viewed and printed via the iFootpath website - Denham and The Colne Valley This walk is also available on the iFootpath App.

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