to Panshanger Park
Things to look out for
Lady Hughes Wood
Dragonflies & Damselflies
Birds of Prey
Panshanger Great Oak
Panshanger House site
Reston's Landscape and Broadwater
On a visit to Panshanger Park, you can enjoy the surroundings of ancient woodland, veteran oak trees and views across the Mimram Valley. Some areas of earlier mineral extraction have been restored to agricultural land, which supports winter populations of endangered farmland birds and summer breeding populations of lapwing. On the lakes and the River Mimram you may see kingfishers, great crested grebes and, if you are lucky, an osprey passing though on migration.
View the Panshanger leaflet
View our New public Access map
Many new permissive pathways have recently been opened up providing increased access into different areas of the park. As the park continues to opens up in phases, we are working to balance the needs of people, our livestock, the heritage and the wildlife that lives here. This means that some areas or paths may have restrictions on their use. When visiting the park please follow all instructions on the parks signage carefully. Thank you.
For further information and for help to plan your visit, please contact us.
The Oak Trail
This 2km waymarked route starting from Riverside Cottage opened in July 2015. It takes in the Broadwater, the Panshanger Great Oak, remains of the Orangery and the site where Panshanger House once stood. This historic part of the park was designed by Humphry Repton for the 5th Earl Cowper whose family owned Panshanger Park from the late 17th to mid 20th century.
A downloadable leaflet for the trail can be found below or you can pick one up from the leaflet holder at the start of the trail.
Oak Trail Leaflet
Enjoying your visit
Please help us keep the countryside a safe, healthy and enjoyable place for you and your dog, other visitors, wildlife and livestock:
- Always keep your dog in sight and under control – use a lead if requested
- Never let your dog chase wildlife or farm animals
- Observe local notices when you’re out and about. There may be restrictions in woodland or on farmland at sensitive times of year, like in spring, during the lambing season and between the beginning of March and the end of July when ground-nesting birds are on eggs or raising their young
- Please always pick up after your dog. We ask that if your dog fouls, you pick up and remove the mess. We will be erecting a dedicated dog mess bin in the Thieves Lane car park where you can dispose of it. But, please remember you can dispose of it in your regular home black bin waste. Panshanger Park is a working environment where livestock graze. Please be mindful of your surroundings to enjoy your visit fully. The livestock at the park have been carefully selected by the park's grazier as being particularly docile and comfortable in an environment where there is public access. However, all livestock can be unpredictable so please do follow our helpful hints.
Here are some helpful hints:
- Try to avoid getting between cows and their calves
- Be prepared for cattle to react to your presence, especially if you have a dog with you
- Move quickly and quietly, and if possible walk around the herd
- Keep your dog close and under effective control on a lead around cows and sheep
- Be particularly sympathetic to farm animals rearing their young and give them space.
- If you are threatened by cattle, don't hang onto your dog – let it go so as to allow the dog to run to safety
- Don’t put yourself at risk. Find another way round the cattle and rejoin the footpath as soon as possible
- Don’t panic or run. Most cattle will stop before they reach you. If they follow, just walk on quietly.