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.
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
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!
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.
You should see some narrowboats
Pub serving good food
A good canalside gastro pub
For those who enjoy a tipple, this pub offers some great real ales
There are some good spots for a picnic at the castle and there are some benches nearby at Waitrose
You may see:
The canal is a green ribbon running through the town, get out and see some great domestic wildlife and experience nature close at hand