We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

College Lake Nature Reserve

Address: B488, Tring, England
Phone Number: 01442 826774
Website
Improve this listing
95%
Ranked #2 of 10 Attractions in Tring
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Attraction details
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors

Hotels near College Lake Nature Reserve

Write a Review

92 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    66
    22
    4
    0
    0
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Lots to see from birds to orchids and wild flowers. Lots for children to get involved with. Lovely tea room and helpful staff. A great way to spend an afternoon.

Was this review helpful? Yes
London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

You wouldn't know this wonderful place was even there if you drove past it. Just outside Tring, near the Grand Union canal, the reserve is on land formerly used by Castle Cement as part of their quarry. Over the years it was nurtured and restored to natural beauty by local volunteers with the help of Castle Cement, and now it... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Bucks
Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
21 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Circular walk around a lake ( takes about an hour) with a couple of short cut options. Nice hides. Lots of information about what birds are around. Good visitors centre and café. Easy parking.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

A lovely site, came upon it un-expectedly but a great place for bird-watchers or those seeking peaceful surroundings and an interesting walk round the reserve. Suits all ages.

Was this review helpful? Yes
aylesbury
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

I'm up there often. Hooked on the beauty and fascinated by the wildlife ( still learning every time ) Always telling folk to visit. Took a coach party for afternoon tea, excellent value:)

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

We had a wonderful day at College Lake, with well prepared activities that were thoroughly enjoyed by all. Claire was absolutely fantastic, so knowledgeable, enthusiastic and passionate about what she does. I wouldn't hesitate to take a class on an educational visit, she is excellent with the children - even getting hugs from them at the end of the day!... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Fantastic hands-on Wildlife Discovery Day event for our group of children; pond dipping, bug hunting and pretending to be paleontologists. Clare and Catherine in the education team were brilliant. The children (and adults!) loved it. Thank you!

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Toyah B, Manager at College Lake Nature Reserve, responded to this review

We are really pleased you all had a fantastic time. We would love to see you all again. Please check the website for further events we will be holding at College Lake. More 

Didcot, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

The centre was asked to run some activities for a group of very bright children aged 4-10 and rose to the challenge magnificently. We did pond dipping, bug hunting and fossil hunting. The activity leader was very knowledgeable. She catered brilliantly to the different ages and also adapted well to the various levels of knowledge of the children while letting... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Tring, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

If you like walking in the countryside, birdwatching and generally enjoying your natural surroundings, College Lake will be a great place to visit. Situated just outside of Tring, the location is great, away from the noise of any traffic. There are several viewing huts dotted around the reserve - my favourite was one that was shaped like a giant mole... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Toyah B, Manager at College Lake Nature Reserve, responded to this review

We are really pleased you enjoyed your visit.. We love the quirkiness of The Tump (the mole hill shaped hide). Its great to get up and close to wildlife without being spotted. A chance to be a great nature detective! More 

Tring
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Class 1 had an amazing trip to College Lake! I can honestly say that this was the best visit I have ever taken a foundation stage class on. The day was based around stories and a cheeky bear called Edward. Before we had even arrived the class received a letter from Edward reminding us to bring our teddy bears! We... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Toyah B, Manager at College Lake Nature Reserve, responded to this review

We are really glad your Little Bears enjoyed their day at College Lake. Edward enjoyed meeting them all too. He is looking forward to meeting his new friends next year! More 

Travelers who viewed College Lake Nature Reserve also viewed

 
Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire
St. Albans, Hertfordshire
 

Been to College Lake Nature Reserve? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from College Lake Nature Reserve staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?