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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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  • I stumbled across this place, but am so glad I did. Benches, picnic tables and a great walk around the lake. Water sports centre where you can get involved and hire equipment etc. Coffee shop and rest...  more »
  • Very nice place to take all the family I had my Wife, Son.Daughter and five Grandchildren, we walked round the Lake, fed the Swans and ducks, we played football on the open grass area, the children ha...  more »
  • This park is great for a sunny day out with family and friends to enjoy some rounders and a picnic. It's a lovely walk around the lake and a great place for dogs too. Queue for ice cream is always hug...  more »
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  • Nice Park to walk around - lots of ducks and small wildlife in the pond and streams. It's a shame so many people bring bread to feed them. Please don't give bread to ducks!! ( Google it) The noise from the A1 is loud. Huge downside is the cost of the car park £1.50 for an hour, £3 for 3 hours, and this is a 24 hour charge! So no free evenings. Is a shame, and stops me going more regularly.
  • Lovely park with lake. Great for walking round with the kids and feeding the ducks. Lots of open space for games and picnics too.
  • Good instruction and some nice one-to-one sailing tuition. The lake is a bit temperamental for wind direction. But can't be helped. But good overall RYA1 weekend. Chris
  • Great for pokemon hunting. Magikarps are plenty and my friend got a Garidos following a number of laps, heron on the way round seemed to follow us, not sure if there are two or if this just decided to switch lakes as we did, other ducks, swans and geese there too, as you get at any lake really, good cafe too for a cuppa when it's cold...
  • Love the walks, lake views, take some bread or seeds for the swans and other birds