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Marsworth, Tringford, and Wilstone Reservoirs Circular Walk

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Chiltern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Marsworth, Tringford, and Wilstone Reservoirs Circular Walk is a 5.4 mile loop trail located near Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire, England that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Length 5.4 mi Elevation gain 561 ft Route type Loop
Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Lake Views Wildlife
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Getting There

The Marsworth Reservoirs act as a magnet for anglers, dogwalkers, boats, birdwatchers and walkers, especially over a sunny weekend, but few ever really venture much beyond the car parks and tearooms, which is a shame as there's a lot to see within a relatively concentrated area. The walk begins with a flight of locks along the Grand Union Canal, before heading down a stretch of the partially restored Wendover Arm of that canal. The route then diverts into open countryside before regaling the walker with a magnificent view of the large Wilstone Reservoir, one of four on this walk. Here, there this an option to enter a bird hide to view the many species who call this water their home at different times of the year. The other reservoirs follow, making this a relaxing six miles of relatively easy walking following a circular route. Allow a good couple of hours to complete the walk, longer if you want to linger.

The walk starts at Startops Reservoir, which is clearly signposted as one of the Marsworth Reservoirs on the B489 linking the A41 to the north east of Aston Clinton and Linslade. Marsworth lies in a little remnant of Hertfordshire to the north of Tring, and can also be reached using the Wingrave Road out of the town off the B488. Use the postcode HP23 4LJ, which is also the location of the lovely little Bluebell Tearoom by the side of the canal just off the main car park. The car park does carry a charge, with funds used to maintain the reserviors.

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MD •
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WalkingMuddyOff trail

Nice and flat, done at a pretty relaxed pace. Could be muddy in places after rain but a pleasant walk past 3 reservoirs, part of the canal and through fields. Didn’t do the full route as there are options to shorten or lengthen depending on your mood, would happily try again

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Charlotte Michell
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HikingOver grown

We only did half of this in the end, rather over grown when we cut back off the canal and back towards the reservoir - good job we had long sleeves and trousers on! Will be back to do the full loop one day.

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Paula Pardoe
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Walking

Great walk but few points. Car park couldn’t see instructions for pay by phone, so not contactless. Just go to far end of car park to reach canal for stage one. Section 3 is messed up as others say. Use the GPS and don’t worry, it’ll be fine.

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Alan P
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Very nice walk. The car park can be quite full, but most people don't go farther than the reservoir. Pay & display parking is £1.50. There are several short cuts, one being to leave the canal at the flour mill just past WP2, cut across the field and through lovely woodland back to the reservoirs where you can cross back to the car park.

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Chris Grailey
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sherrie sherrie
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HikingMuddy

Lovely walk. Mostly flat but muddy in the winter. Note the map and text for waypoint 3 are not the same route! Either option will however get you onto the canal again.

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Christopher Page
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Hiking

Trail difficult to follow due to canal restoration.

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Diana Święcicka
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Hiking

Really nice trail, easy, calm, with lots of birds

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Mike Coker
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Nice walk. It's not a problem, but the route on the map does not quite correspond to the route on the ground around the section of canal that is being restored. Angler's Retreat at the start / finish does good food and beer.

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Sarah Clark
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Kieran Hyland
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Therese Oertenblad
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Kieran Hyland
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Steve Cooper
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Aftab Kabir
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Daniel Dos Santos
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Daniel Dos Santos
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Shay Van Wijk
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Catalin Cătălin
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Robert Mason
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James Pendle
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Vishnu Sritharan
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Craig McClintock
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Jan Mlynarcik
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Becca Wilson
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Maria Schisto
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Emma Witts
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Andrada Sas
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