Tring Reservoirs are an extensive area of lakes created to feed the Grand Union Canal which now serve as a fishery and a perfect spot to see birds and walk along the miles of designated footpaths.
The Reservoirs were built in the early 19th Century to feed arms of the Grand Union Canal. They are now designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest on account of their wealth of wildlife.
The Reservoirs attract many visitors every year to explore the network of paths or to fish, birdwatch or simply enjoy the tranquility of this special man-made haven.
Over 11 miles of waymarked trails explore the woods, fields, locks and towpaths of this unique corner of Hertfordshire countryside — a rich natural haven for waterbirds and wildlife.
Bring your boots and binoculars, your bicycle, or your fishing rod. Or just pack a good book and a healthy appetite. However you plan to relax, Tring Reserviors are a delightful discovery, just waiting to be made.
Birdlife. There are very few natural lakes in Southern England. That's why Tring Reservoirs are so important for wildlife, particularly wintering waterbirds. In the summer, warblers and reed buntings nest in the reedbeds, and autumn and spring can bring some exciting migratory visitors.
The sheer variety of bird-life on the water can be absolutely captivating. Who knows; the flash of a passing kingfisher, or perhaps the sight of a pair of grebes, could spark an enthusiasm that lasts a lifetime.
Dogs. Dogs are welcome but must be kept under close control.
How to get there Tring is off the A41, 7 miles SE of Aylesbury, 5 miles from Berkhamsted, 10 miles from Dunstable and 33 miles from London. The nearest railway station is at Tring, from which the reservoirs can be reached via a 2.5 mile walk along the towpath. Parking is available at Wilstone and Startops reservoir.
Last Updated: 12 Oct 2015