Read the story of how the Canal & River Trust came to be
Work for us
We have vacancies across all of our waterways and in the offices, museums and attractions that support them. We're one of the UK's biggest charities and we take pride in everything we do
If you're thinking of getting in touch then please take a moment to look through these pages as we probably have the answer on our website
Planning & design
All you need to know about planning and design on our canals and rivers
Find a winter mooring
Find a cosy section of canal to hunker down in this winter
10 reasons to take up canoeing
It's a great way to get fit and explore our waterways at the same time
Share the Space
Take a look at our common sense guide to sharing the towpath
Find a place to fish
From reservoirs to club-managed canals and river stretches - find your nearest place to fish
Get your free guide
Download your free guide today and start exploring the waterway nature near you
Download your free guides
You've nine free days out guides to choose from - where will you go first?
Find a walk near you
Are you ready to ramble? Find a waterside stroll or a satisfying hike along our beautiful canals and rivers
Take a look at our upcoming events here.
Find your favourite waterway
With over 95 canals, rivers, reservoirs, docks and navigations, find out more about your favourite waterway
Something for everyone
Help us make a difference and have fun along the way. Find your perfect volunteer role today
Join our team
Could you join your local Towpath Taskforce team and help us to keep our canals looking lovely?
Desmond Family Canoe Trail
If you're aged 16-25 and would like to get involved with this exciting project, please get in touch
Could you be a volunteer lock keeper?
Find out what's involved with this popular volunteering opportunity
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
Planning your visit
History & Heritage
Things to do or see
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Stationers Place, Apsley, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP3 9RH
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Towpath open daily
Once you're parked up, it won't cost you a thing
For customers of the local pub/café
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, pubs and the Paper Trail visitor centre at Frogmore Mill.
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. All in all, it makes Apsley a great place to visit!
Take to the towpath:
Places to eat:
The canal is a green ribbon running through Hemel Hempstead and Apsley. Download our nature spotters guide and create your own nature trail to see some great wildlife and experience nature close at hand.
By car - there's parking for customers of the pub, and some on-street parking further behind the marina
By train - Apsley station is a five minute walk away
Download our free regional guides
Nine regions to choose from - over 120 fantastic places to visit
Explore the Grand Union Canal
An amazing oasis of calm so close to London