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Batford Springs Local Nature Reserve

Batford Springs Local Nature Reserve runs alongside the River Lea and was set up to protect and maintain the habitats and wildlife that can be found in the meadow and cress-beds. A quiet trip out and you might glimpse the Kingfishers, crayfish and dragonflies amongst the wild flowers and water bed.more...

Between Station Road & Lower Luton Road, Harpenden, AL5 4UL [show map]

Cycling and Walking Paths

There are several walking and cycling paths in and around Harpenden including part of the National Cycle Network which has recently been resurfaced and extended. This will take you all the way to Luton (although be aware that there is a road to cross at East Hyde) and out to the opposite direction of Wheathampstead and beyond. Good starting points are by the Amble Inn at the bottom of Station Road and the Red Cow down Westfield Road. Or you can cycle the Nickey Line (see seperate listing)more...


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Cycling the Nickey Line

If you fancy a stroll away from the town towards Redbourn the Nickey Line gives you nearly 9 miles of rural paths to run, cycle or walk the dog and children. It is great for beginner or nervous cyclists to avoid the roads. You can join at the new ramp entrance by Highfield Oval on Ambrose Lane or further on near Roundwood Park School on Park Hill. If you're feeling ambitious you can cycle all the way to Hemel Hempstead, but you can take some of the cut-off paths that will bring you into the back of Rothamstead Park. more...

Park Hill or Ambrose Lane, Harpenden, AL5 2UQ [show map]

Green Spaces along the High Street

Bowers Parade Sensory Garden situated in the town centre was provided to give residents and visitors, especially those with physical disabilities, the opportunity to touch, smell and see all the plants in detail. (It gives a welcome break to walking around the shops with, or without, little people in tow.) Church Green, Leyton Green and the other High Street Greens filling the town with magnificent horse chestnut and lime trees all help to make Harpenden unique. more...


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Harpenden Common & Southdown Ponds

Harpenden Common stretches for nearly 2 miles south of the town centre and is a designated County Wildlife site. You can feed the ducks at Southdown Ponds (buy a bag of duck food from the Information Point in the Town Hall) and then picnic in Hay Field before running the children up and down the old clay mines in Brickle Dells and St. John's Wood otherwise known as the "ups and downs"! more...

St Albans Road, Harpenden, AL5 1DT [show map & facilities]

Free parking


01582 768278

Highfield Oval

BACKFIELD OPEN FOR EXERCISE. PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE RESIDENTIAL AREA. WOODLAND CLOSED FOR CONSERVATION. CAFE OPEN FOR TAKEAWAY. Highfield Oval is a 47 acre site off Ambrose Lane belonging to the charity, Youth With A Mission. It is open to the public (8am-8pm, Mon-Sat and 8am-1pm on Sundays) for walking in the woodland (spectacular in spring with bluebells),using the playing fields and visiting the popular Oval Cafe. Dog walking is by permit only - please see reception for information. more...

Ambrose Lane, Harpenden, AL5 4BX [show map & facilities]

Free parking
Buggy/wheelchair access


01582 463327

Kinsbourne Green

Kinsbourne Green at the north end of Harpenden provides a great open space for kite-flying and sledging, picnics, horse-riding and dog/children-walking. more...

Kinsbourne Green Lane, Harpenden, AL5 3NJ [show map]

Lydekker Park

OPEN FOR EXERCISE. . Lydekker Park is tucked away behind the High Street. It will give you a moment's peace in its 3 acres of nature conservation with a mature pond area. It is here that you can attend the Teddy Bears Picnic, Music in Lydekker, Wild fest and many other events each year. Find the entrances opposite the BP garage or through the car park off Sun Lane. more...

Sun Lane, Harpenden, AL5 2UQ [show map]

Marquis Lane Playground ("The Pirate Park")

TEMPORARILY CLOSED. Pirate ship play structure, swings, slide, toddler wooden play structure and stand-on see-saw. Nearest toilets in the Gibraltar Castle pub opposite on Lower Luton Road. This park is next to the Batford Springs Local Nature Reserve. In the winter the hill that the park sits on is perfect for sledging! more...

Marquis Lane, Harpenden, AL5 5AA [show map & facilities]

Free parking


Nomansland Common

CAR PARK OPEN. Today Nomansland Common is a very popular open space for dog walking, horse riding, model aircraft flying and families who enjoy a picnic on a Sunday afternoon. more...

Ferrers Lane, Harpenden, AL4 8EG [show map & facilities]

Free parking


01727 819366

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