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. 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 ceased in the Second World War. Today, the old industrial buildings are now cafés, pubs and a visitor centre - and make a great day out.
Address: Stationers Place, Apsley, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP3 9RH
Visit time: 1hr
Price: Once you're parked up, it won't cost you a thing
Parking: There is parking for customers of the pub, and some on-street parking further behind the marina
Toilets: For customers of the local pub/café
The marina which is jam-packed with boats. Also explore the Paper Trail Visitor Centre located at Frogmore Mill, it's the world's oldest mechanised paper mill: www.thepapertrail.org.uk
Check out all the boats in the marina, or even better get a birdseye view from the corkscrew bridge. There is also a small kids playground near the hump-back bridge just off the canal
There are loads of boats to be spotted in the marina, how many can you count? And how many have a Rosie & Jim doll inside?
Pub & restaurant
Is a great little veggie café
Boat trips - education / community
Motored boats for hire (daytime), Canal boat holidays (self-drive), Boat trips - charter
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