Travelling around Rickmansworth
The small town of Rickmansworth offers the best of several different worlds. Firstly, it is located within the M25, just 20 miles north-west of London; secondly, it is surrounded by Hertfordshire woodland and countryside, so is not as crowded and busy as the capital itself.
Finally, it sits at the meeting point of three rivers – the Gade, the Chess and the Colne – and the Grand Union Canal. This watery setting provides a sense of calm and an abundance of wildlife. This area has been transformed into a nature reserve offering you the chance to fish, cycle, dabble in watersports or simply enjoy a picnic.
Good road and rail links to London help to explain its popularity with commuters, and the local Arriva bus service covers Rickmansworth itself, as well as journeys further afield to the likes of Hemel Hempstead, Watford and London Heathrow Airport.
The nature reserve on the edge of Rickmansworth is known as the Aquadrome and covers 100 acres. As well as being a sanctuary for the local wildlife, it contains a children’s play area and woodland which takes many hours to explore.
If you feel like getting even further away from the town centre, head to the surrounding Chiltern Hills and sample the charm of the traditional rolling English countryside, whether walking or on a bicycle.
If all that fresh air gives you an appetite, head for the centre of Rickmansworth, where you can choose between well-known fast food outlets, welcoming gastropubs and upmarket fine dining restaurants.