Batchworth Lock Education Centre

What will students see and do?

Batchworth Lock Education Centre is located in Rickmansworth in Herfordshire, just under an hour from London.

A ‘Learning at the lock’ educational trip here focuses on the history of canals and shipping. At the Learning Centre, students will find out what canals are and how they are built, along with how their use has changed over the years.

Students will also be able to climb aboard narrowboat The Pride of Batchworth and discover the plants and animals that call the area around the canal home. Additionally, children will learn about environmental measures undertaken in the area.

By the end of the experience, children will have a better understanding of how locks, weirs, canals, and waterways work.

Teaching resources provided

Contact the learning officer to discuss the teaching resources available.

Minimum and maximum group size

The suggested group size for this trip is between 20-33 children. You should bring a minimum of four staff to supervise pupils during your visit.

Details of risk assessment

Download a PDF risk assessment report from the Batchworth Lock website.

There is also a Trust Safeguarding Policy document available to download.


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Facilities on-site

The Batchworth Lock Education Centre, which has step-free access, features a main hall and small kitchenette.

There are four toilets, including one accessible one.

Opening times

The Learning at the Lock workshop is a full day of learning. Schools are welcome at any time of year.



The cost for the day is £9 per child.

Travel arrangements

To visit from London you can either take the M4 past London Heathrow Airport onto the M25, or take the A40 up to B467, then turn left towards Harvill Rd.


Batchworth Lock Education Centre, 101, Church Street, Rickmansworth , Hertfordshire

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