View grey wagtails, redshanks, and water pipits at Cassiobury Park in Watford. An amazing beauty spot steeped in history, this Green Flag award-winning park was once owned by the Earls of Essex and has a grade II listing on the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest. Savour a long walk by the serene River Gade or Grand Union Canal which both run through the park, or delve into its grasslands and woodlands. Recently been voted one of the top 10 parks in the UK, the 250-hectare park is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic on a lazy afternoon.
Explore the ancient woodlands of Heartwood Forest in St Albans. The 858-acre site is the largest continuous new native forest in England, offering an abundance of space, peace, wildlife, and woodland to explore. Wander through beautiful wildflower meadows, ancient bluebell woodlands and old hedgerows as you listen to the melodic sound of birdsong. Feel amazed by the spectacle of fields ablaze with flowers in rich shades of blue, yellow, red, pink, purple and white. Go for an exhilarating bike ride on the network of paths that cut through and around Heartwood Forest.
Stroll along the disused railway line draped along the Cole Green Way trail, which runs from Welwyn Garden City to Ware via Hertford. Enjoy a leisurely ride or walk on this flat route which runs alongside waterways and rural tracks. Take in stunning countryside vistas on your way to various Hertfordshire towns, or even take a diversion to explore quaint local villages.
Discover the Panshanger Park nature reserve, made up of a mosaic of habitats including woodlands, wetlands, grasslands and reedbeds that make it a fantastic refuge for a huge variety of wildlife. Admire the multitude of wildflowers, butterflies, dragonflies and birds that bring the park to life as you graze on a picnic beside the park’s lake.