Aldenham Reservoir and Country Park is a 65 acre reservoir with a circular footpath and 175 acres of woods and meadow land. The area also contains adventure playgrounds and rare breeds farm animals. There is angling, a nature trail, horse-riding and a refreshment kiosk. The kiosk is generally open daily from Easter until the end of October and on weekends and school holidays throughout the year. Occasionally the kiosk may close on days of bad weather. However, it may open on fine days in the winter.
Although it is not one of the premier county locations for birds at can make a good day out for families and it is also very close to the public viewpoint over the adjacent HMWT reserve at Hilfield Park reservoir. More information can be gleaned about the area from the Hertsdirect site.
Drive towards Radlett, Borehamwood, Elstree, Bushey area via the M25 (J21), M1 (J5) A41 (come off at roundabout with A411 Elstree Road), or A1(M) (J23 with M25). Look for the signs on nearby roads. The Park entrance is off Aldenham Road. There is a car park on site - £4 on weekdays and £5 at weekends and bank holidays, pay on exit. Do not enter the site if you don’t expect to stay as you will have to pay to get out! There is very limited parking on the streets outside the site, but there is a lay-by in Dagger Lane that takes 4/5 cars.
Alight at Edgware Station (Tube - Northern Line), Alight at Elstree & Borehamwood Station (train - First Capital Connect).The No.107 bus goes to Elstree Village from the above stations. Nos.W7 and W9 (Mon-Sat) and W9 (Sun and Bank Holidays) operate from Watford Junction railway station and Borehamwood railway station. For more passenger transport information call Traveline on 0871 200 2233 or visit Intalink.
As well as containing the usual species of wildfowl Aldenham Reservoir is probably the best site in Hertfordshire to see Mandarin Duck. Increasing numbers of Ring-necked Parakeet also fly noisily around the site, Other species of interest seen in recent years include: Peregrine, Buzzard, Scaup, Sandwich Tern, Black Tern, Common Tern, Black-tailed Godwit, Common Sandpiper, Goldeneye, Goosander, Wigeon and Yellow-legged Gull.
In the summer months, Swallows, House Martins, Sand Martins and Swifts can be seen feeding over the Reservoir. An Alpine Swift was watched by some lucky observers in 2009.
Text supplied by Steve Blake