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Stanborough Park, Welwyn Garden City

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3.8/5 based on 130+ reviews on the web
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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  • Beautifully situated Park with water areas, a snack bar and an extensive range of leisure facilities. Unfortunately bit noisy due to the location right next to the motorway.
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  • Looking for an easy walk and something to do on an afternoon then Stanborough Park is a good place. Nice easy walks, play area for the kids and woodland walks for you and your dog. Gets quite busy on ...  read more »
  • I often walk here with my dog as it's honestly a beautiful place to visit. I let my dog off the lead and he runs for awhile whilst I stroll and take in the views of the fishing lake and scenery. There...  read more »
  • Six star location - could be a 10 star location if the zipline activity was operational. Beautiful lake which offers paddle boats, row boats, canoes etc for hire. Cool clean stream offers safe play and splash for small children Perfect location of a Day trip.
  • Really great place to go for a walk. Nice playground for the kids and the two lakes are just beautiful. Plenty of bird life around. Only small thing to mention is the road noise from the A1 but to be honest you quickly zone out and enjoy your surroundings. Definitely worth a visit.
  • A lovely place to walk around and take your dog, as long as you don't let them chance the wild birds 😊🐶
  • Not much action,in the area of fishing.Baliffs very Friendly and approachable.Boating activity scaring fish away,with instructors churning water constantly,and shouting,boats bashing into each other...probably better off as far away from that bit as possible.
  • Loved feeding the birds and peddling a dragon around the lake.
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