Cassiobury Park is Watford's secret gem - not too far from the town centre, the park is a tranquil and relaxing place, and also a great location to walk, run, fish or, down by the canal, simply watch the boats glide past.
Address: Cassiobury Park, end of Gade Avenue, near the bottom of Cassiobury Park Avenue, Watford, WD18 7LG
Visit time: 1hr
Parking: There is one official car park for Cassiobury Park at the end of Gade Avenue near the bottom of Cassiobury Park Avenue (WD18 7LG and WD18 7LH are the nearest postcodes). Parking is free, but there are only 78 spaces
Toilets: There are public toilets by the children's paddling pool
The canal passes along the western side of Cassiobury Park, not too far from the splash pool and playground, and separates it from Whippendell Woods. There's a superb hump backed bridge just over the lock, a great place to watch boats pass and there are a couple of benches on the side so you can put your feet up and watch the world go by.
Wippendell Woods are on the far side of the Canal. A short walk along you'll find the very prestigious Grove Hotel with its famous golf course where Tiger Woods has played
In the summer season you'll probably catch a boat or two going through the lock
A great café with food and drinks plus activities for babies and toddlers, near the Shepherds Road entrance of Cassiobury Park in Watford
There's plenty of grass for laying down your picnic blanket, plus a few benches near the bridge if you want to take the weight off your legs
You may see:
The canal is a green corridor running through Watford and a lovely place to take the kids to feed the ducks