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Tring (Marsworth)

Discover Tring Reservoirs, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, managed by Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust, famous for its wildlife. Explore the towpaths of the Wendover and Aylesbury Canal Arms and visit the pretty villages of Marsworth and Wilstone. Take the family to run off steam, get a breath of fresh air and soak up the natural environment. And why not start up and finish off with a picnic or a pub lunch?

General information

Address: Lock 39, Startops End, Marsworth, Tring, Hertfordshire, HP23 4LJ

Visit time: 2hrs - 3hrs

Price: Once you're parked up, it won't cost you a thing

Parking: There is a good size Pay & Display car park at Startops Reservoir and a small Pay & Display car park at Woolstone. For more information visit the 'nearby' section of this page.

Toilets: For customers of the local pub/café

Free visitor guide

Great for

  • Dog walking
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Walking
  • Bird spotting

Nearby

There is little to do nearby, but as a point of interest, The Railway Children was filmed here!

For parking and prices visit the cp-parking website

Spot a boat

There are often narrowboats passing by in the summer

Refreshments

  • The Grand Junction Arms

    This is a good family pub at Bulborne

  • The Angler's Retreat

    At Startops

  • Bluebell's Tearooms

    You'll find it adjacent to Startops car park and it serves good food and yummy cakes

Picnic spot

There are plenty of grassy areas to have a picnic

Trails

Wildlife

You may see:

  • Swans
  • Ducks

Since they were constructed, Tring Reservoirs have taken on many of the features of natural lakes and are renowned for their birdlife. Great Crested Grebes, swans and herons are usually on view and in winter there are many kinds of ducks and a huge gull roost. In autumn the mud banks provide a ‘bed and breakfast' stop for waders migrating southwards. Be sure to pack your bird spotting book and binoculars! Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust manage the site. It is a local charity supported by people who care about protecting wildlife, including over 21,000 members. With volunteers, they manage a network of more than 40 nature reserves covering nearly 2,000 acres. Their vision is of 'a Living Landscape, where we work with others to improve our towns and countryside for wildlife'.