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Stanborough Park, Welwyn Garden City

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Stanborough Park, also referred to as Stanborough Lakes is a 126acre park in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England.The park features two lakes, which were opened more recently in 1970. They are man-made and were built as a result of gravel extraction at the time of the building of the A1(M) motorway, although the thought of a riverside park had been considered since the city's Master Plan of 1949. The whole park is completely man-made from an old quarry site creating the lakes and the hills around them.The Boating Lake (the northern lake) at Stanborough is 11.3acre in size. It is a shallow lake, under three feet in depth with several small islands. The boating lake is fed by water from the River Lea at its north end and from a spring. Excess water flows over a weir back into the river at the south end. Coarse fish such as carp are bred in the boating lake and fishing is banned here. Rowing boats are available to hire at only £7.50. The boating lake also sells ice-creams, chocolate bars, fizzy drinks, fishing nets, hot drinks, duck food and more.The Sailing Lake (the southern lake) is 15.3acre in size. This lake has no islands but is deeper than the boating lake, more than six and a half feet deep in places. Unlike the Boating Lake the Sailing Lake is ground water fed. Before the lakes were built the River Lea used to flow through part of the Sailing Lake but it was re-directed to the west side. Many watersport activities take place here, including sailing, windsurfing and angling.At the south end of the park there is access to Stanborough Reedmarsh, a Local Nature Reserve managed by the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust.
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  • Amazing and very clean set of lakes. Perfect for every activity you can think of. The only issue is the cost of the parking.  more »
  • With the vast open space, you can always find a quiet spot to chill out. It's a great place for dog walks too. On the day that we went, we did get a lot of road noise from the A1M. There is a small hi...  more »
  • The park has sadly gone downhill over the years. The main attraction now is a vastly overpriced high rope/climbing frame type of thing. The boats on the lake are a bit pricey as well.There is a slopin...  more »
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  • Has potential, the lakes are beautiful all year round and great to stroll around for an hour or picnic next to for the day, the climbing structure seems to be a waste when the playground is very popular but very dated. I can't help but think this park is crying out for a wet play area especially with all the kids that take to the river to cool off on hot days.
  • A beautiful park with reasonable parking prices and lots to see and do for kids and​ adults alike. We spent a pleasant hour walking round the lakes
  • Lovely place for walk. Not the most scenic but sill relaxing.
  • Our 11 and 13 year old's went on the high ropes courses here. The staff could not have been more helpful, friendly and competent. Highly recommended.
  • Always good here. Weather was on our side. Nice park and walks with the ducks and boats along with the fishes!