CROXLEY (Metropolitan Line- Watford) LONDON TUBE RAMBLES WALK
Turn left out of the station (note classical columns and coloured glass frontage). Cross the road at island and go down Mill Lane, a narrow way that starts next to a notice board at the end of the shopping parade. Follow this (quite steep) slope down to the Grand Union canal.
The permanent houseboat moorings and picturesque locks of the Grand Union Canal are full of interest, while the winding Gade River makes wandering round here a delightful way to relax.
Croxley Common Moor seems quite wild, in spite of the presence of a pylon. At first I thought I might get lost, but there are several peaty tracks that lead to the meandering and delightfully overgrown River Gade with its water forget-me-nots etc. The Common itself is a popular place for serious bird watchers and I saw a couple of parties of children pond-dipping in the middle of the shallow river among the watercress clumps. (Resist the temptation to nibble the glossy leaves - they can harbour dodgy bugs).
There are so many different paths to follow in this beautiful area that instead of attempting to write a definite route I suggest you download this map from 'Around Croxley Common Moor' (PDF) by the Three Rivers District Council.
If you would like to do some more walking in this lovely area you might also like to download the Croxley Green Boundary Walk (about 6 miles)
Access note: Not suitable for wheelchair users
This is just one walk from the many to be found at London Tube Rambles. There are architectural gems, beautiful country views, historic places and quirky buildings to be found in the area covered by the outer London Underground stations. Usually the discoveries are within a mile of the Tube - often only five minutes walk away. If you reached this as an individual page via a search engine, you might like to click on the link above and see the other destinations explored. You'll be amazed at what's out there!