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Stanborough Park

Description and Walk

Stanborough Park, AKA Stanborough Lakes, is a 126-acre park in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire.

Formerly a sand quarry, the park features two lakes and two car parks, and is divided into two parts by the A6129, Stanborough Road.

The lake on the north side is referred to as the Boating Lake – with small boats for hire - and the south side is the Sailing Lake. Also on the south side is the Terranova Italian restaurant (proper restaurant by the lake).

Café-style facilities are also available on the south side should you require a simple cup of tea and a bun.

The south side is very popular with anglers, and there is a small nature reserve, Stanborough Reedmarsh, at one end of it.

As our video illustrates, Stanborough Lakes is a pleasant location for a walk and a picnic when the weather’s good.

Short Video of Stanborough Park

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Parking address: Stanborough Rd, Welwyn Garden City AL8 6DF.

There is pay and display parking available on both sides of the Stanborough road at the address shown above. If you don't want to pay and don't mind walking a couple of hundred yards, there is free parking available in nearby residential roads, such as: Stacklands, Welwyn Garden City, AL8 6XW.

Google Map

Smaller south side car park

Entrance to the larger north side car park

Smaller south side car park

Car park on the south side is relatively small.

Place/s to Eat

The Terranova is an Italian restaurant that overlooks the south lake. Parking is free after 6 pm.

Address:  South Side, Stanborough Park, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, AL8 6DF

Tel: 01702 333223


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The Terranove Restaurant.

Further Information

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Terranova Restaurant here.

Google map here.

PDF with details

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