Royal Connaught Park was originally built as part of The Royal Masonic School for Boys, but in 1977 with dwindling admissions the school became the home of the United States International University. And has been used in TV & Films including The Life of Brian, The Meaning of Life, Pink Floyd: The Wall, The Avengers, Nuns on the Run and Harry Potter.
As the path turns right to follow the fence-line of Royal Connaught Park continue all the way to the end where on your left you will pass what looks like some industrial pipes for either Gas or Water distribution. Just passed this on you left and moving uphill a little, you will find a footpath. Once onto this path you will be between 2 hedges, with fields either side of you and the views of the rear of houses towards the right in the distance. You’ll notice lots of other walking routes to explore in the future should you wish to, but for now, follow this pathway which winds through a country-side setting all way to Bushey Mill Lane.
You will pass through 2 kissing gates as you approach the Bushey Mill Lane end of the footpath, once at the road, take car and cross-over the road and use the footpath turning left which heads back towards Aldenham Road. After a short walk on the other side of the road you will see a footpath sign and small opening at the rear of ‘Metropolitan’ cross over the road and enter here. Before you enter, there is a grass mount on the left which you can climb and see into the Jewish Cemetery which you have just been walking passed on the other side of the road.
The Bushey Cemetery is the UK’s most significant Jewish Cemetery, a 16-acre site of outstanding natural beauty in London’s Green Belt. Including a linear reed bed park, with ponds, weirs and swails, facilitates water attenuation and enhances biodiversity whilst providing the prayer halls with a tranquil waters edge setting and was completed in 2017 and has won multiple awards including being shortlisted for a Stirling Prize in 2018.
Once you pass through the gate at the rear of the Metropolitans 36-acre estate. The official footpath follows the perimeter fence, as if you were to walk forwards towards Queens School and following the hedge line. However, depending on how busy the grounds are with sports, feel free to make your way back towards the clubhouse and carpark.
If you choose to, public are most welcome to enjoy some of the hospitality provided in the Metropolitan Bar & Lounge with Coffee & Cake or Lunches served daily. You could even combine an afternoon tea with a short walk around Bushey.