College Lake Nature Reserve

College Lake Nature Reserve, Tring: Hours, Address, College Lake Nature Reserve Reviews: 4.5/5

College Lake Nature Reserve

College Lake Nature Reserve
4.5
Nature & Wildlife Areas
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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JUDY P
8 contributions
Sep 2021
Lovely place to walk, stunning views, good place for bird watching, the cafe and shop are good too. Would recommend.
Written October 3, 2021
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Kaytee
London, UK244 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
What a gem, beautiful lake and 2 miles walk around it. Very refreshing walk. I am so glad we finally manage to explore the place after being put off by rain couple of times before.
One way walk, so i dont think one can come back midway .
Written August 23, 2021
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Davies147
Berkhamsted, UK73 contributions
Aug 2021 • Friends
Great place for a walk and a chat. I met a friend here and we walke and talked and the scenery is fabulous. This is lovely calming place to walk
Written August 23, 2021
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Marcie-Lau
51 contributions
Jul 2021
We visited on a whim on a Sunday. We had expected it to be a little busy, but there is ample parking so this was not really an issue! The parking machines were covered and so we did not have to pay to park. HOWEVER, we were encouraged to make a £4 donation upon entry in exchange for a 'map' (I hate to say, but it was quite poorly printed!) with a menu for the cafe on the back.

The walk itself was really enjoyable. There are different routes you can take which are signposted by different colours on the map and different coloured arrows along the trail. There are also little extras such as the olden time style tractors/cultivators etc as well as information signposts on a variety of topics such as birds. There are numerous places you can stop to rest or look at the birds and in turn, there are plenty of benches/hides where you can sit. We did not visit the cafe but the menu had a fairly good selection of options.

Overall, a good few hours out!
Written July 7, 2021
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1phillip
Hertfordshire, UK30 contributions
Jun 2021
College Lake Nature Reserve. Its a charity setup but that should not stop you keeping the tables clean in & outside the cafe. Rubbish on the floor also puts you off having a snack/drink. Plenty of staff available but all in a group having a good chat, good for morale but that should happen when everything is right for the customer arriving. The person in charge should be making these simple things happen
Written July 5, 2021
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John S
1 contribution
May 2021
It's a great place for a walk but don't take your dog! Only Guide dogs allowed, you can't even take them in if you promise to keep them on a lead. Why? Because there are nesting birds!

Ridiculous.
Written May 27, 2021
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Nikki B
Watford, UK545 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
My mum has been telling me about this place so I decided to visit with her. It really is a lovely place to walk around. There is a cafe if you decide you want to stop for a drink. The car park machines don’t take any money due to covid so in effect it’s free parking at the moment. However, on the way in there is an enforced donation station for the car park which you have to pass. Minimum donation of £4.00 which they encourage you to pay. I think its rather a lot seeing as we were only there for around an hour.
Next to that is a lady trying to get you to sign up to wildlife Trust - she seemed a very nice lady but really gave the hard sell. We just wanted to get off on our walk. I’m not sure I’d rush back.
Written October 24, 2020
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Dave
1 contribution
Sep 2020 • Couples
Glad to see Covid friendly, received a brief talk prior to entering.
Only gave an average rating due to the fact this is "free" to visit, yet within the talk, you're asked to make a "voluntary donation between £4-£5", then funneled one at a time past the payment table!
Nice walk but won't be returning due to what I would say is an enforced "donation"
Written September 20, 2020
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CAROL S
DAGENHAM178 contributions
Aug 2020
We had not been to this reserve for some years. This time we brought family with us. As expected under present rules we had pay by card, wear masks when in the shop and cafe only doing takeaways. We were fortunate to have good weather and saw lots of birds, butterflies, bees, dragon and damselflies. The boys were excited to see a sand lizard. We had a nice picnic in one of the glades. The route is currently one way so walked the whole circular of the reserve which is 2 miles. I think the family are keen to come again.
Written September 1, 2020
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Pengor
Dunstable, UK492 contributions
Aug 2020
A lovely peaceful ,circular walk around the lakes, about two miles in all. Suitable for all ages . Lovely views and so many water fowl.
There are plenty of benches along the path which is mainly flat . It can get muddy.
Cycles are not permitted.
The tramper is now available again which is a great bonus.
A one way system is in place and social distancing requested. Th3 shop and cafe are open but we did not visit either.
Written August 31, 2020
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