Opening Times

Spring and summer opening times: 12th February - 28th October 2018



Last admission: 4pm (1 hour before closing)


Mon-Sun: 10.00am-4.00pm

Please be aware that our car park will be having essential maintenance carried out between Tuesday 13th and Friday 16th March. Please take extra care when visiting College Lake between these dates. There will be traffic control measures in place to minimise disruption while these essential repairs take place.

From 29th October 2018 to 12th February 2019, winter opening times will be in operation (Reserve: Mon-Sun 9.30am-4.00pm, last admission 3pm, and Café: Mon-Fri 10.00am-4.00pm, and Sat & Sun: 10.00am-3.30pm)

How to get there


2 miles north of Tring
HP23 5QG

Public Transport: We are two miles from the nearest train station in Tring. You can walk/cycle along the canal tow-path. Please do not take your bike onto the reserve as it could disturb the wildlife. You can lock them up at the racks provided at the entrance.

For bus timetables, please use the public transport journey planner.

Drive: On the B488, ¼ mile north of canal bridge at Bulbourne turn left into signed entrance to 'donate and display' surfaced car park.

Get directions from Google maps.

We ask for a donation of £3 for parking. Find out how we benefit from this donation.

Latest College Lake Blogs

  • Great progress has been made at College Lake over the last six weeks, and the nesting box is now installed on the bund between the lakes, just waiting for the first sand martins to call in and make it their summer residence.
  • There’s some exciting news to report from College Lake – construction work has started on the new sand martin nest box. This project will build an artificial nest box to encourage sand martins to breed at the reserve once more.
  • On Monday the 11th of May we started our work experience at College Lake.

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Get the most from your visit

Help us look after the wildlife on this reserve by leaving scooters and bikes at home or locking them up on the racks provided. Enjoy stretching your legs on our reserve instead. 

Some wheelchair access, including hides; two mobility Tramper vehicles are avaliable to use - contact us on 01442 826774 or to book.

Assistance dogs only.

Gift shop
Visitor centre
Picnic facilities
Disabled toilet
Baby changing

Walking information
Gentle slopes, some surfaced paths, gates, benches

Group visits
We welcome groups, but ask that you let us know about your visit by contacting us on 01442 826774 or

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Watch Owain, College Lake's warden introduce the reserve.



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Photo of Redshank

Name: Redshank

Scientific name: Tringa totanus

Category: Wading birds

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