A roundup of my favourite St Albans and Hertfordshire parks, as seen through a photography eye
After reading an article about the benefits of outdoor play for children, I thought I’d put together a list of the best parks in St Albans. Obviously, being a family photographer I’ve spent a fair amount of time in the local parks.
Some of these are pretty well known, others a little more off the beaten track. Do let me know if you discover your new favourite in this list!
1) Verulamium Park
This is the park in St Albans, so I’m sure you’ve been here at least once. With great views of the cathedral, the big lake and a lot of outdoor space, it’s worth a visit as there is something to entertain everyone. If your children like scooting or biking then the well-maintained paths will definitely appeal to you. For the sportier, it’s the home of Saturday morning’s Park Run. During the warm days the splash park is a great place to cool off (but does get busy).
2) Clarence Park
The big benefit of Clarence Park is the sizeable playground with big sandpit. It can get busy on hot days (but then there is usually an ice cream truck around!) but my son absolutely loves it.
3) Highfield Park
I am a little partial to Highfield Park because it’s right on my doorstep and I walked my beloved pooch around the park for many years. Highfield is pretty large so you can visit all the time and still find new areas to explore. One of my favourite areas is the Windfield Woods which are blanketed with bluebells in spring.
4) Heartwood Forest
Heartwood Forest is managed by the Woodland Trust and is the largest continuous new forest in England. There are miles and miles to explore. If your children like animals you’ll often see dog walkers and horses on the trails.
There is a small playground and a playing field. I think that it’s a park better suited to being on foot. If you want to scoot or bike, check out some of the recommendations above.
So there it is, the five best parks in St Albans. I hope you’ve discovered a little gem that you didn’t know about from this list. Have I missed out some green space or a park that really deserves a space on my best parks in St Albans list? Then please do let me know! I always love exploring and finding new places.
Happy outdoor exploring!
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