Where to go outdoor paddling in Herts, Beds and Bucks

For about 6 years my family and I have visited Stanborough Lakes to do some paddling, its a tradition for us now in the summer holidays! There are obviously other places to visit in the 3 counties so here is a list of a few that you could try out :). Thank you so much to everyone that contributed information and pictures to help me put this post together. If you know of anymore please drop me an email so I can add it!

I haven’t personally visited all of these locations but I would recommend that if you are paddling take some wet shoes incase there are stones underfoot!

Stanborough Lake

Location –  Welwyn Garden City AL8 6DF

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Gadebridge Park

Location – Hemel Hempstead, HP1 3

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Ashwell Springs

Location – Ashwell, Hertfordshire.

This site as been very busy of late and it is only small. Please if you go be careful as the local area isnt being looked after and as a result rare and precious flowers are getting destroyed.

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Biggleswade Common

Location – Biggleswade – not the river ouse.

Cassiobury Park 

Location – Watford, WD18 7LG

Barton Springs

Location – Barton le Clay MK45 4LA

Commons Nature Reserve

Location – Welwyn Garden City behind Commonswood School – The little stream runs through the nature eserve.

Aston Clinton Park

Location  – Harpenden at the end of Crabtree lane AL5 1DT

River in Wheathampstead

Location – Behind the Bull Pub AL4 8BS

Oughtonhead Nature Reserve

Location – Hitchen SG5 3RP – I have heard that its a little difficult to find in the park itself so someone over on Facebook was nice enough to put together this map 🙂









Batford Springs

Location – Harpenden AL5 5AQ – Park free on Lower Luton Road and it’s 1-2 mins walk to the springs



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