On a bright and sunny day in early November we visited Denham Country Park to stretch our legs and get some much needed fresh air. Located in the very south-east corner of Bucks, close to the borders of Middlesex, Berks and Herts, it is easily reached via the M40, J1, or from the A40.
Open all year round there’s lots to do here with plenty of open space and miles of natural trails and woodland paths. Look out for the brass rubbing posts to keep the kids amused and see if you can spot the wood carvings. Take a short walk from the car park and you’ll find the Grand Union Canal. Whilst the area immediately surrounding Denham Lock isn’t the most scenic with abandoned boats and barges from long ago, the towpath was busy with walkers, joggers and people cleaning their houseboats and the reflections in the water looked stunning today.
The visitor centre provides ample information on circular walks and things to do in the area, including the Colne Valley food trail. There’s a lovely café with an extensive menu including breakfasts of sausage and bacon, Ploughman’s lunch, pizzas, baguettes and of course homemade cakes.
There is a charge of £2.70 for car parking (£3.70 in peak times) but this money goes towards improvements in the park, as well as conservation.
Denham Country Park is part of the Colne Valley Park which stretches over 40 square miles, has 200 miles of river and canal and over 70 lakes. It’s a fantastic place for wildlife watching. We might be into the short dark days of winter now but that’s no excuse for not getting out and about.
Denham Court Drive, Denham, Bucks, UB9 5PG