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College Lake Nature Reserve

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Address: B488, Tring, England
Phone Number: 441442826774
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Visited on a beautiful day in August (a rarity for the UK!). Under a blue sky, the vista over the water is lovely with lots of birds to look out for. Great afternoon out for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Munchkins810
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Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom

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Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited on a beautiful day in August (a rarity for the UK!). Under a blue sky, the vista over the water is lovely with lots of birds to look out for. Great afternoon out for birdwatchers and photographers alike. Nice circular walk around a quarry, wth lots of wildlife to look out for. You can even complete your day with... More 

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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

With children this place is great for a couple hours, there is a nice steady circular walk around the lake and they get to look out for wildlife. As an adult I would be quite happy to come here with by camera and binoculars and chill out with nature for a few hours. Unfortunately I feel the cafe is expensive,... More 

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Thank Terri P
Rickmansworth, England, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited for the first time yesterday. It is a beautiful and peaceful place to spend all or part of the day. We are looking forward to visiting again. Despite being busy it didn't feel at all crowded. It is easy to find a quiet place to sit and enjoy the peaceful scenery or to observe wildlife. The corn flower... More 

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Thank Carol C
London
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54 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had the perfect summer's day to enjoy our first visit to this beautiful nature reserve. Great trails, numerous bird hides and some excellent buildings/gardens to explore - loved the shepherds hut and shed of specimens to explore. We took a picnic and there we many lovely spots to stop and eat it, and the cafe looked good too. Fab... More 

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Thank MKG1309
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19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

College lake is a lovely place to visit to see spectacular scenic views and beautiful wildlife. If you are a birdwatcher this would also be an ideal place to visit to see some birds. There is also a small cafe inside the visitor center, with a range of coffee, cakes and ice cream. Overall this place is lovely, it is... More 

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Hemel Hempstead
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75 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Recommended to us, College Lake is a wonderful nature reserve created from an old chalk quarry. Accessible to all (including free electric scooters for the less able) this is one for every season. Walks of various lengths bring nature closer to the visitor. On a bright summer's day we saw masses of dragon and damsel flies, all sorts of birds... More 

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Thank hjpop
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9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Huge thanks goes out to all who volunteer/work here to make this such a lovely place to visit. Car park is a flat fee of £3, which the note on machine says it is a donation. A reasonable price to pay, we thought. It is free to enter, but there is a place for donations, should you wish to. Kids... More 

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Brackley, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I recently went for a walk around College Lake. The 2 mile walk was just the right length for a lunch break, but you could spend hours there. There is plenty to do for all ages, a large car park, visitor centre and cafe. The wildflower meadow was over when I went, but it looked lovely when I saw it... More 

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Thank Karen G
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Take binoculars, if you have some. Although not part of the bird viewing section, the woodland walk, accessed by turning right from the main building and then following the path round to the left past the woodland theatre, is very special.

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Thank Ralph H
St. Albans, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went here recently and it was a lovely and relaxing day. I had been stressing about work as little and this place just helped me let go of that stress. With its secret hidden pathways, its little bird viewing huts and just the lovely nature of the lake built on an old quarry site, this is a relieving, and... More 

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