Hertfordshire's Green Flag parks
Summer has almost arrived, and we know that means picnics, frisbee and sunny walks, ice cream in hand. Perfect for family days out and those lazy, hazy days of summer, many of Hertfordshire’s gloriously green parks sport the coveted Green Flag award, the ultimate benchmark for some of the best outdoor spaces in the UK and across the world. Ready to get outside? Read on for some of our favourite Green Flag Award winners.
An absolute favourite for its summer sessions in the bandstand, this beautiful award-winner has been voted one of the top 10 parks in the UK – how’s that for a seal of approval? When the mercury rises, the paddling pools and water features are a welcome treat, while the miniature railway and bouncy castle are bound to convince the kids to leave the TV come the school holidays.
Fun in the park
In the pretty village of Berkhamsted, Canal Fields should be on your shortlist for picnicking perfection this summer. Cool off with a stroll along the nearby Grand Union Canal and take the kids (and by kids we’re talking anyone from toddlers to teens) along to the play area for an afternoon of adventure.
Along the canal
A Green Flag holder for more than ten years, we can guarantee you’re in for a treat on a visit to this green gem. Circle the two lakes (yes, two!) and take your pick of the 126 acres of countryside for a picnic and a relaxed afternoon. Looking for something a little more adrenalin-fuelled? Stanborough’s boats, from kayaks to pedalos ought to do the trick, or why not take it to the treetops with some high ropes fun at Vertigo Adventures?
Acres of countryside
Get back to nature in East Herts with a visit to the Ridgeway, a pretty park surrounded by wildlife, woodland and farmland – what bliss. If you’re in search of something little more active, the open grassland makes for a perfect mini frisbee pitch, or why have a kick about in the multi-use games area.
Nature seekers, head to Bricket Wood Common for a patchwork of habitats and plethora of wildlife this summer. Stroll through acres of ancient woodland and heathland, and along winding streams for sightings of butterflies, great crested newts and yes, those beautiful bluebells!
A natural beauty
Take to the trails at Leavesden Country Park by foot or bike with footpaths and cycle paths circling this little (or rather large) green haven. Try your hand at tennis, get your strength up in the outdoor gym, or treat little ones to a go on the outdoor play area. Of course, if you’d rather just kick back under the trees, we hear it’s a pretty perfect spot for a spot of al fresco dining.
Take to the trails
Trust us this is a park for those who just can’t sit still! With a sailing centre and 20 acres of open water across four lakes, it’s safe to say you can soon clock up those nautical miles. If you fancy a canter, the horse and pony route takes in some of the best of the parkland. And after all that, the little café in the park is the perfect spot for some much-needed rest bite.
One for the active