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Rickmansworth

Hertfordshire


Slow Ways linking Rickmansworth and Chorleywood, Gerrards Cross, Hemel Hempstead, Northwood, South Harefield, Watford

England / Hertfordshire / Rickmansworth

Rickmansworth’s six Slow Ways are 75% checked

Drawn: 6/6
reviewed: 6/6
verified: 4/6
and surveyed: 2/6

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Slow Way Route To do
Chorleywood—Rickmansworth
Choric one

Double check Distance 5km/3mi Ascent 79m Descent 118m
Chorleywood—Rickmansworth
Choric two Survey me Distance 5km/3mi Ascent - Descent -
Gerrards Cross—Rickmansworth
Gerric one

Double check Distance 10km/6mi Ascent 61m Descent 99m
Gerrards Cross—Rickmansworth
Gerric two Review me Distance 13km/8mi Ascent - Descent -
Hemel Hempstead—Rickmansworth
Hemric one

Verify me Distance 16km/10mi Ascent 180m Descent 222m
Rickmansworth—Northwood
Ricnor one

Verify me Distance 5km/3mi Ascent 52m Descent 83m
Rickmansworth—Northwood
Ricnor two Survey me Distance 6km/3mi Ascent 4m Descent 35m
Rickmansworth—Watford
Ricwat one Survey me Distance 7km/4mi Ascent 19m Descent 35m
Rickmansworth—Watford
Ricwat two Enjoy me Distance 7km/4mi Ascent - Descent -
South Harefield—Rickmansworth
Souric one Enjoy me Distance 8km/5mi Ascent 23m Descent 22m

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Collective progress

75% of Rickmansworth’s six route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

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18 people have contributed to Rickmansworth’s Slow Ways

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5 people have surveyed a route in Rickmansworth

81km out of 81km have been walked and reviewed

249km of reviews have been shared in Rickmansworth

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I did splash through it but it was above mid-calf level and I wasn’t sure whether it’d be similar further on (thankfully it wasn’t)....

Andrew

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You will then see a footpath entrance on your left which leads on to the grounds of Moor Park Golf Club. The footpath takes you directly across the golf course, which felt a little hazadous at times. You definitely have right of access through the golf course, but I got the distinct impression that the golfers didn't love having us there! When you exit the golf course, cross over Moor Lane and head towards Batchworth roundabout....

Matt S

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The route then runs on pavements along Moor Lane and Sandy Lodge Lane. Cross underneath the Metropolitan Line at Sandy Lodge Lane and turn right on to Askew Road. Shortly after this leads on to a footpath that runs alongside the railway line and Sandy Lodge Golf Course....

Matt S

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Buses stop nearby (5-10 mins walk) at Claredon Street, and the overground station at the meeting place can whisk you away to other destinations (with connections). In Rickmansworth, the meeting place (as discussed in other reviews) could be better placed, although the train station and bus stops are nearby (5 minute walk)....

andy_mackay

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We joined the route at Watford and after walking along busy road quickly found ourselves in countryside....

Sue

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On leaving the lower part of Watford High Street the route runs close to the A411 road and close to a busy shopping mall. Arriving in Rickmansworth there are quite narrow pavements and it is safer to cross the road (not too busy) where the footpath is wider....

Kevin Wooldridge

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Kevin Wooldridge took this photo on Ricwat two

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From Watford High St Station the route quickly leaves urban Watford behind for a pleasant, safe, walk through largely unspoiled countryside to Rickmansworth on level terrain. The walk finishes at one end the pedestrianised section of the High Street. The bus stop shown here has now been moved to the adjacent Northway but is still only of very limited use...

Bob Sherren

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Pleasant walk that initially takes in some of Chorleywood Common and continues onto two long, quiet, interesting residential roads (with pavements) up to Rickmansworth Station....

Julian Lipton

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I have travelled this route many times and whilst it is acceptable for those on bikes there are many times you will have to pull over to allow people going the other way to pass. Wheelchair users will find much of the towpath unsuitable. Overall, a pleasant route for walking (once you get to the towpath)....

Carl

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A pleasant route Spring to Autumn but can be rather muddy along the Ebury way in the wetter months....

Carl

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Almost the full length of this route is along the Grand Union Canal, which was quiet, and pleasant, and the colours in the trees just started to turn....

Derick Rethans

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Once past the M25 this route became even nicer, especially once I noticed the off-road path mentioned by the previous reviewer....

lwatson

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The section I was worried about before starting was crossing the A41 at the junction, but this turned out to be fine - good visibility, easy to see exactly which way to go and easy to see any cars coming. Overall I found the route very easy to follow, generally good underfoot and an interesting varied walk....

lwatson

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This is a lovely walk which I enjoyed very much. Like any walk it has its challenges, mud, roots, hills, uneven surfaces and steps. The majority of the walk is very varied; open fields, narrow woodland paths, wide shady tracks, gritted paths through parks, lime tree avenues, a few roads, riverside grassland, Long green passages, rolling hills, valley bottoms, farmland, churches and villages....

Strider

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Gerrards Cross—Rickmansworth

Strider added Gerric two, a new walk from Gerrards Cross to Rickmansworth

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There is now a Gerric Two which is similar but navigates around the blocked paths....

Strider

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Another diversion sign takes you along a quiet road before turning left into a lovely wood, steep in places. You come out near an HS2 works entrance and a walk alongside a busy road on a bark-mulched path on the verge. left again to a roundabout, cross and go down a quiet suburban road to the town centre....

Strider

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Cut-through paths keep you away from roads but are made very narrow by trees on the path. This was a lovely walk with lots of greenery and little roadside walking....

Strider

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A short walk from the station to a quiet road and a footpath to a busy road. This busy road is quickly over and you pass by the skate park over a bridge and through a park....

Strider

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A short walk from the Dolphin chippy is the Grand Union Canal. A lovely walk, easy to navigate, lots to see, boats, wildlife, 'arty' stuff....

Strider

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Rickmansworth—Watford

Strider added Ricwat two, a new walk from Rickmansworth to Watford

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I think it's better in that direction, as it's all going down hill. The part with the steps is avoidable by crossing a bridge further east, and then going along Station Approach....

Derick Rethans

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But this changed significantly once I got to the Grand Union Canal, of which I'm a friend and walked for the whole distance (London to Birmingham). It deviated after a while following the Ebury Way, a former branch line....

Derick Rethans

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Chorleywood—Rickmansworth

Derick Rethans added Choric two, a new walk from Chorleywood to Rickmansworth

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It's not very long though before you walk along Moor lane, which does have a slightly annoying pavement (or rather, lack thereof)....

Derick Rethans

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There are a couple of roads - Church Street in Rickmansworth and Batchworth Lane near Northwood - which may be difficult to cross at busy times. However, this route was very easy to follow, sticking to quieter roads and footpaths where possible. Underfoot I found it generally easygoing, with a potentially muddy section at the bottom of Sandy Lodge golf course....

lwatson

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The start of the walk is through a part of Watford and then a very busy road but it’s not dangerous as there is no need to cross. Then the route takes you down onto the canal towpath, which is a bit of a wildlife haven in many ways. An easy and pleasant walk....

Ian Metcalfe

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Much of this route is good walking and pleasant countryside. An alternative which is easier walking and more accessible is the Grand Union Canal towpath to Batchworth (about 17kms). The footpath has further steps onto the footbridge over the railway and yet more steps beyond the A41....

Brian Thomson

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The section along Rickmansworth Road in Watford could have been avoided by going a little further along the canal and then through Cassiobury Park, but there was no need to cross the road (there is an underpass by the Town Hall where the route turns) and so it didn't feel unsafe....

lwatson

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The route is described in detail in the Chess Valley Walk leaflet published on the website of the Chilterns AONB (chliternsaonb.org). Descend into the Chess valley and turn right on the track at the bottom....

Slow Ways Cristie

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Also there is no public access from Chorleywood Road into the private road Troutstream Way. See photo of locked gate. A better route is using the Chess valley path....

Brian Thomson

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The Slow Wayfarer starting from Chorleywood will encounter a golf course, several gated communities with forbidding signage, roadside pavements and a general sense of being permitted more than welcomed. The sections closer to Rickmansworth are more pleasant, but this Way is best used as a connection between the interior and exterior of the M25 orbital than as a journey in its own right. Surface generally very good, but narrow footpaths by the Loudwater estate and surprisingly steep cambers on Dog Kennel Road and heading up to Chorleywood Road may give wheels difficulty....

ALSimpson

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I do mean 'legs' however - the nature of the forest trail (upturned roots, steep rises, potential mud) make this section much less usable for wheels. Travelling on foot, I enjoyed this route, but I suspect wheels will find some sections a struggle....

ALSimpson

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The first 2-3 kilometers of the journey is next to a fairly busy road (no need to cross it however) but the rest of it is a beautiful route along the canal, we even saw some wildlife! Would definitely walk this route again....

ctheander

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Rickmansworth—Northwood

mikey added Ricnor two, a new walk from Rickmansworth to Northwood

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At the busy time I walked this route I found myself waiting several minutes at each fairway crossing, for the golfers to move on....

Matt

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Public transport connections at Rickmansworth tube (metropolitan line) and then West Ruislip (central line) is 5km further walking from the South Harefield end. Refreshments at Jack's Mill Cafe looked good....

peperkoekdame

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Hemel Hempstead—Rickmansworth

paulcooper added Hemric one, a new walk from Hemel Hempstead to Rickmansworth

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Chorleywood—Rickmansworth

Slow Ways added Choric one, a new walk from Chorleywood to Rickmansworth

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Gerrards Cross—Rickmansworth

Slow Ways added Gerric one, a new walk from Gerrards Cross to Rickmansworth

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Rickmansworth—Northwood

Slow Ways added Ricnor one, a new walk from Rickmansworth to Northwood

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Rickmansworth—Watford

Slow Ways added Ricwat one, a new walk from Rickmansworth to Watford

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South Harefield—Rickmansworth

Slow Ways added Souric one, a new walk from South Harefield to Rickmansworth

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Rickmansworth’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

TQ0600794441

Lat / Lon

51.63881° / -0.46952°

Easting / Northing

506,007E / 194,442N

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