The current new five-year management plan for Rickmansworth Aquadrome.
The Aquadrome covers 41 hectares and is home to a wide variety of facilities from wooded walks, lakes and a play area to a cafe and lush green open spaces. The address is Rickmansworth Aquadrome, Frogmoor Lane, WD3 1NB.
Look through our leaflet to find out more about the Aquadrome and where it is. Aquadrome Leaflet (pdf)
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.
Your Guide to the Aquadrome
As a Local Nature Reserve (LNR) it is also home to a variety of wildlife and plants and with its diverse habitats is an ideal place for walks and picnics. It is often host to lots of sporting activities such as public runs, fun days and watersports.
The Aquadrome LNR is open 365 days of the year (24 hours a day) and there is no admission charge. There is plenty of free parking available, including bays for disabled drivers and improvements have been made to the network of paths around the reserve so wheelchair users can get around easily. With a large car park and easy access for all, Rickmansworth Aquadrome has something for everyone.
Aquadrome car park opening times:
- 1 May – 30 September 8am – 9.30pm
- 1 October – 30 April 8am – 6pm
Your virtual tour of the Aquadrome
What's on at the Aquadrome
You can walk around both Batchworth and Bury Lakes - approximately 1.6km around Bury Lake and a further 1.4km around Batchworth Lake. If you are feeling really energetic then you could also walk the Easy Access Trail through the wet woodland which is around 1.3km.
Whilst you're at the Aquadrome Local Nature Reserve a visit to the Cafe in the Park, which is open from 9:30am to 5pm, will refuel you! You will also find information on other nature reserves and walks in the district. If it's a sunny day a picnic in the dog free picnic area located close to the toilet facilities (which includes a toilet accessible with a RADAR key) and the Cafe in the Park, is an ideal way of relaxing for a few hours.
Please note: Strictly no barbeques permitted anywhere in the Aquadrome.
Facilities at the Aquadrome
There is a large children's play area with lots of exciting play equipment next to Batchworth Lake, with access off Riverside Drive.
The Aquadrome has a vibrant atmosphere, shown by the wide variety of clubs and organisations that use the facilities at the Aquadrome. For more information regarding clubs, such as water-skiing, sailing and kayaking, please visit the Aquadrome clubs page. Please note: Anyone wishing to participate in the watersports must be affiliated to the various clubs.
In addition, Three Rivers District Council organise various outdoor activities at parks and open spaces across Three Rivers. For activities at The Aquadrome, please visit events, community groups and volunteering page.
Part of National Cycle Route 61 runs through the Aquadrome and this is marked on site by directional finger-posts. Cyclists are welcome to use this route.
Adjacent to Bury Lake is Stockers Lake, a bird and wildlife sanctuary owned by Affinity Water and managed by the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust. If you happen to see any wildlife who are in distress, danger or hurt, please contact our local RSPCA office on 0208 966 9688.
To keep yourself safe, when you are in, on or beside water, always follow the Water Safety Code (pdf).
If you happen to see one of the swans in danger or hurt, please contact The Swan Sanctuary on 01442 245524 or 07940 183600 with the exact location and nature of distress. For further information, please visit www.theswansanctuary.org.uk.
In 2009 the Aquadrome Local Nature Reserve became an award winning open space when it received its first Green Flag Award. The award has been re-awarded every year since then. Find out why judges rate this reserve as such a special place.
The Rivers District Council has worked with the Countryside Management Service to review the management plan for the Aquadrome and draw up plans to achieve the vision, aims and objectives for the site from 2013 - 2018. You can download the site management plan below.
Fishing at the Aquadrome
One day tickets for fishing at the Aquadrome LNR, on Batchworth Lake only, are available from Harefield Tackle, 2-4 High Street, Harefield, UB9 6BU. Tickets are £10 each for adults and £5 for under 18s and must be purchased prior to fishing. Anglers must hold an Environment Agency Rod Licence. No tickets will be issued on the bank. Only barbless hooks are permitted. Fishing hours are restricted to the opening hours of the Aquadrome. The main rules are printed on the back of the ticket but full rules and membership details are available at www.uracs.co.uk
If you would like to fish at the Aquadrome LNR on a regular basis, you need to contact the Uxbridge Rovers Angling and Conservation Society, who has the rights to fish Batchworth Lake and the adjoining River Colne.
Secretary: Mark Radcliffe 07957 587576.
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.
How to get there
Rickmansworth Aquadrome, Frogmoor Lane, Rickmansworth WD3 1NB
By road: approximately 3.1 miles (5km) from junction 18 on the M25 off the A404.The Aquadrome LNR is open 365 days of the year and there is no admission charge. There is plenty of free parking available, including bays for disabled drivers and improvements have been made to the network of paths around the reserve so wheelchair users can get around easily.
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.
Share your views
Three Rivers District Council is not only responsible for the management of our parks and open spaces, we see ourselves as guardians who promote, conserve and enhance our natural heritage, for future generations. Why not contact us to tell us what you think about our parks and open spaces on 01923 776611 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have enjoyed a particularly beautiful walk, cycle or hack through our picturesque countryside, parks or open spaces, then send your images or your photographs to us so that we can share them with everyone. Send your images to email@example.com
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