Rickmansworth Aquadrome Local Nature Reserve

Open all year

The Aquadrome covers 41 ha on the edge of Rickmansworth. 18 points of interest

Points of Interest

  • Bats
  • Bird Feeding Areas
  • Birds
  • Bury and Batchworth Lake
  • Bury Lake
  • Butterflies
  • Cafe in the Park
  • Car Park - Aquadrome
  • Damselfly
  • Dog-Free Picnic Area
  • Ebury Play Area
  • Fish
  • Health Walk Start Point
  • Nomad Kayak Club
  • Outdoor Gym
  • Picnic Area
  • Stocker's Lake Nature Reserve
  • Water Life
  • Water Life
  • Wet Woodland

On Site Facilities

  • Car Park (Free)
  • Disabled Access
  • Disabled Toilets
  • Dog Free Area
  • Dogs Welcome
  • Food & Drink
  • Pushchair Friendly Paths
  • Toilets

Park Information

The Aquadrome Local Nature Reserve became an award winning open space in 2009 and has retained the Green Flag every year since.

The Aquadrome has a vibrant atmosphere, shown by the wide variety of clubs and organisations that use the facilities at the Aquadrome, such as water skiing, sailing and kayaking (members use only).

Walks around Batchworth (1.6km) and Bury (1.4km) and an Easy Access Trail through the wet woodland (1.3km) are a great way to explore the site.

The Cafe in the Park and the dog free picnic area are a great place to refuel and handily located next to the toilet facilities.


There is a large children's play area with lots of exciting play equipment next to Batchworth Lake, with access off Riverside Drive.

Part of National Cycle Route 61 runs through the Aquadrome and this is marked on site by directional finger-posts.  Visitors are welcome to use this route.

If you happen to see any wildlife which is in distress, danger or is hurt, please contact our local RSPCA office on 0208 966 9688.

The Rickmansworth Festival takes place on the third weekend of May every year at the Aquadrome LNR. Celebrating canals, the community and the environment, the festival has been going for over twenty years and is the highlight of the town’s annual calendar and finale of Rickmansworth Week.

Visitor opinions are very important to Three Rivers District Council.  Feedback helps to ensure that the Council works towards providing the quality and facilities expected by visitors.  Would you like to have your views heard?  Well now's your chance.  Complete the online Aquadrome survey here and help the Council improve your local open space.  Paper copies of the survey are available upon request by phoning the Council on 01923 776611.  There is no closing date - results will be reviewed throughout the year and appropriate actions put in to place.


How to get here

Parking: Off of Frogmoor Lane, Rickmansworth WD3 1NB. Car park is open 8am – 9:30pm 1 May – 30 September and 8am – 6pm 1 October – 30 April.  Directions here
Public Transport Information: By tube: Rickmansworth Station is approximately 1mile away from the main entrance and car park at the Aquadrome but less than half a mile from the entrance in the play area if walking from the station. By bus: for services from Watford, Rickmansworth, Amersham and Chesham contact Traveline on 0871 200 2233. Further information on public transport is available here: https://www.intalink.org.uk/ and http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/
Cycling: Families are welcome to cycle at the Aquadrome.  Part of National Cycle Route 61 runs through the Aquadrome and this is marked on site by directional finger-posts. Bike stands are available in front of the Cafe in the Park