We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.


Berkhamsted, on the Grand Union Canal, was once a busy inland port and the centre of boat building activity. It is still called the Port of Berkhamsted today. The Grand Union Canal linked London to Birmingham, cutting through Berkhamsted. Castle Wharf was once the centre of canal trade and boat building.

General information

Address: Canal Fields, Broadwater, Berkhamsted, HP4 2AL

Visit time: 1hr - 2hrs

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

Parking: Canal Fields pay & display, 100 Canal Fields, Berkhamsted HP4 2AL

Toilets: For customers of the local pub/café

Free visitor guide

Great for

Today, Berkhamsted is a great place to explore the canal and let your children experience a little bit of our historic past close at hand. There is even a good track that will take you all the way to London if you hop on your bike and are very adventurous!

  • Dog walking
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Walking
  • Canoeing


The nearby castle ruins will give the kids a peek into the past and the playground at Canal Fields will help them run off steam. The Canadian totem pole will give both you and them something to talk about! Berkhamsted is also home to a unique old-fashioned cinema, The Rex.

Spot a boat

You should see some narrowboats


  • The Boat

    Pub serving good food

  • The Old Mill

    A good canalside gastro pub

  • The Rising Sun

    For those who enjoy a tipple, this pub offers some great real ales

  • The Crystal Palace


Picnic spot

There are some good spots for a picnic at the castle and there are some benches nearby at Waitrose


You may see:

  • Swans
  • Ducks

The canal is a green ribbon running through the town, get out and see some great domestic wildlife and experience nature close at hand