Ivel Springs, Baldock
Type of walk
Free Parking, Off Lead Areas, Pathed Routes, Water On Route
About this walk
Looking for a local-ish walk today, we found Ivel Springs on the council's website. It's located on the very edge of Baldock in Hertfordshire, at the Bedfordshire border. If you've ever driven down the A1M and seen the big McDonalds Extra services, it's about five minutes from there. Drive down the North Road and keep an eye out for the small brown Ivel Springs Nature Reserve signpost, fairly high up on a lamp post. Follow the little road down to the car park, which is shared with the allotments. Parking is free, and there's space for about 10 cars, maybe more.
Once upon a time (Until the 1950s), Ivel Springs was the site of a landfill. After that, it was left to turn to woodland and meadow. We started our walk through the big gate, into the big, grassy meadow. There were a few other dogs there too, so our dog got to run around and make friends. Exit the meadow and follow the paths around - to the right it just heads back to the main road, so I'd head left.
On your way, you'll stroll past a stables, some sort of scrap yard and marsh lands, but mostly it's just pleasant, flat paths with plenty of wildlife to look at. We didn't find the spring, but we did find a football pitch and stands which we could wander along. There is a little river which you can cross over, no more than a foot deep when we visited. Our dog jumped over the edge, and barrelled down the steep face to get to the water. It looked to be clean water though, so we weren't too worried.
I wouldn't necessarily say it's entirely suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs, especially not in winter, but it's easy walking. In winter, it does get a bit sticky and slippery underfoot on the muddy paths, so wellies are advisable if you're going after a rainy spell. There are benches to sit on, but not as may as the website would have you believe.
Be warned that there is only one poo bin by the car park, and a lot of lazy dog walkers have been through.
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5 months agoOnly been once and haven’t been back since. Very thorny ground. Somehow ended up in someone’s driveway and had to go back on ourselves, ended up in a large field but it didn’t seem to go much further then that? Perhaps we missed something!?
5 months agoCar park is a little small here. But this is a lovely walk. Do this regularly
a month agoJust went on this walk for the first time. The car park has limited spaces but we had no problem parking. It's a nice enough walk and adjacent to the car park is an enclosed field where dogs can play away off lead. There is only one bin located in the car park where you can deposit your dog poop and none that I found on the walk. Unfortunately, as result of lazy dog walkers who can't be bothered there is a large amount of dog mess alongside the path and the enclosed field there is an awful lot. There are small paths off the main path that lead to the water but be aware, keep your eyes peeled. The one we walked down to investigate was littered with an enormous amount of broken glass bottles. I suspect it is used as a drinking spot for some youngsters perhaps and ignorantly they have smashed bottles everywhere. I had to carry my dog out, there really was so much. It was a pleasant enough walk but the broken glass and abundance of dog poop left behind by irresponsible dog owners has put me off going back again.
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