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When the Grand Union Canal was cut through Apsley, it put the town on the main trade route to London. Today, the old towpath serves as a wonderful cycle route from nearby Hemel Hempstead or Kings Langley.

Apsley was once an important centre for paper manufacture. The Grand Union Canal transported huge amounts of raw materials on barges to the paper mills here. Full-scale production of paper only ended in the Second World War. Today, the old industrial buildings are now cafés and pubs.

Things to do and see

Check out all the boats in the marina, or even better get a birds-eye view from the corkscrew bridge. There is also a small kids playground near the hump-back bridge just off the canal.

Planning your visit

  • Address

    Stationers Place, Apsley, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP3 9RH

  • Opening times

    Towpath open daily

  • Prices

    Once you're parked up, it won't cost you a thing

  • Toilets

    For customers of the local pub/café

Getting here

  • By car

    There's parking for customers of the pub, and some on-street parking behind the marina

  • By train

    Apsley Station is a five-minute walk

photo of a location on the canals
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