Hiking River Gade Nature Reserve near Cassiobury Park Watford

I spent a few hours wandering and hiking the stunning River Gade and Nature Reserve. What a beautiful place to spend the day! The River Gade is a river running almost entirely though Hertfordshire. Its principal tributary is the River Bulbourne and eventually joins River Colne which I had the pleasure of hiking (River Colne video: https://youtu.be/4BAk9nVkOJQ) only a few weeks ago. The River Gade and its nature reserve where children can also spend time in the Cassiobury Park Watford is a must visit.

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Inside look…

  • Beautiful woodland trails

  • Mostly gravel / dirt and some tarmac trails

  • Crystal clear River Gade flows through the wood

  • Various sections to dip your feet in the river

  • Various trails to experience

  • Perfect for a family day out

  • Good for cycling

  • Great for a short or extended hikes

  • Various flora and fauna, especially birds can be spotted

  • Some gentle slopes to climb

  • A few seating benches scattered around

  • Perfect for a picnic

  • Cafe onsite

  • Toilets near main area

  • Paid parking onsite

Basic packing list…

  • Cash / Credit Card

  • Spare change in coins

  • Pen / Notebook (if you like to take notes)

  • Camera / Phone (great picture opportunities)

  • Layered clothing (stay away from cotton in winter)

  • Spare change of clothes (in winter & in case they get wet!)

  • Or bring waterproof jacket / trouser

  • Change of shoes (don’t want a muddy car!)