GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Tring Reservoirs

5 miles (8.5 km)

Enjoy a waterside walk around these pretty reservoirs in Hertfordshire. The four reservoirs include Startops End, Marsworth, Tringford and Wilstone. They are fantastic for birdwatching with visitors including grebes, bitterns,peregrine falcon,pied flycatcherand ringed plovers.
This circular walk starts at the village of Marsworth and takes you around the reservoirs on a series of footpaths before returning along the Grand Union Canal. It's a nice easy walk with many waterside sections.
The walk can be extended by picking up the Aylesbury Ring or Grand Union Canal Walk which run through the area. You could head west along the Aylesbury Canal into Aylesbury which is about 6 miles from the reservoirs.
You could also pick up the Wendover Canal Arm and follow it south west into Wendover.

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Photos

Canal and Reservoir Information - Tring Area - geograph.org.uk - 1413799

The picture shows the Information Board in Startops End Car Park, Marsworth, erected in 2009

Marsworth and Startops Reservoirs. Tring - geograph.org.uk - 1221320

Marsworth and Startops Reservoirs. Tring This is one of the few spots where it is possible to show parts of both Marsworth Reservoir (north west corner in the foreground) and Startops Reservoir (beyond the embankment). This spot is in Buckinghamshire, and the Hertfordshire boundary crosses the embankment just out of shot on the left.

The Reed Beds at Marsworth Reservoir, Tring - geograph.org.uk - 1221149

The Reed Beds at Marsworth Reservoir, Tring. This shows part of the reed beds on the south side of the reservoir. The beds are home for many reed buntings in the summer, and cuckoos, which lay their eggs in unsuspecting reed bunting nests can sometimes be seen and heard in the spring.

Sunset over Startops Reservoir, Near Tring - geograph.org.uk - 1394127

Sunset over Startops Reservoir, Near Tring. This shows the western embankment and trees in silhouette, on a cloudy summer evening. The slightly lighter band shows that the reservoir water levels are low.

Trout Fishing from a boat on Tringford Reservoir, Tring - geograph.org.uk - 1417928

Trout Fishing from a boat on Tringford Reservoir, Tring. In the background you can see the woodland walk on the left and the earth dam and spillway on the right.

Start of the track to Wilstone Reservoir, near Tring - geograph.org.uk - 1440164

Start of the track to Wilstone Reservoir, near Tring. This track runs through a large field, of wheat in early August 2009, cut a few days later, and its verge contained a wide variety of plants, including thistle and burdock, which were attracting many butterflies on the first visit. A few days later the burdock was no longer flowering, and the wheat had been cut, and there were far less butterflies to be seen. While it may be an open track through a wheat field there is much to see if you know how to read the countryside and how it changes through the year.

On the track to Wilstone Reservoir before the wheat was cut - geograph.org.uk - 1440341

On the track to Wilstone Reservoir before the wheat was cut. The Tree in the distance is at the corner where the track joins the B489 from Aston Clinton to Marsworth. Note the tags on the overhead electric cables which have been placed there to increase visibility for the many swans and geese that fly between the reservoirs in the Tring area

Comma Butterfly on Burdock, near Wilstone Reservoir - geograph.org.uk - 1440356

Comma Butterfly on Burdock, near Wilstone Reservoir. One of many butterflies seen on the verge-side vegetation on the track through a wheat field in early August.

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