Address: Stationers Place, Apsley, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP3 9RH View on Google map
Opening Times: Towpath open daily
Price: Once you're parked up, it won't cost you a thing
Toilets: 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