SP9314 : View towards The Twist from Marsworth Hide, College Lake, near Tring

taken 5 years ago, near to Marsworth, Buckinghamshire, Great Britain

View towards The Twist from Marsworth Hide, College Lake, near Tring
View towards The Twist from Marsworth Hide, College Lake, near Tring
This view was taken when all the seasonal vegetation has died down in the winter - allowing various features to be clearly seen.

In the foreground is The Lake - a water-filled quarry. When the quarrying stopped in 1991 it was hoped that the water level would stabilize at a much lower level.

From left to right along the shoreline.
Juniper Valley, planted with juniper, yew and conifers by the track that originally went to some hides in an area which is now permanently flooded.
The Twist, a path zigzagging down the quarry side which was made to replace the track via Juniper Valley. There is a seat at the bottom near the water's edge.
The Headland with the path from the twist running along until the end disappears under water.
The new path down the slope which connects with the track that runs at the bottom of the quarry face. Part of this track is currently flooded (Summer 2014).

From left to right, Quarry Bench level
(Behind Juniper Valley) Track (no public access) and footpath to Woodell Hide along a lightly wooded strip.
The top of The Twist with a wooden seat.
The top of Headland is marked by a number of trenches where remains of Ice Age animals have been found. These deposits are of special scientific interest and a mammoth tusk from here can be seen in the floor at the Visitor's Centre.
The bench continues to the South end of the old quarry but is not open to the public.

The Ring Road, with hedgerows, is at the next level and beyond it and slightly higher is some unimproved chalk grassland (left) and the Cornfield and Hay Meadows (right). Behind them is a wooden strip on the edge of the reserve - and at the top of the railway cutting. In the distance you can see the Chiltern Hills - part of the Ashridge Estate.
College Lake Nature Reserve, near Tring
College Lake is a large nature reserve with a very wide variety of habitats created from a large chalk pit. There is a large area of marsh with islands, and a deep water lake, while the cliffs surrounding the pit are in various stages of being "recovered" by nature. There is open meadow land and an area kept as an old fashioned cornfield full of flowers. There is woodland all round the area (originally planted to hide the quarry) and a large new woodland of native trees and shrubs. This all means that whatever time of the year you visit you can expect to see a wide variety of wildlife.

There are good facilities for the visitor (and for school parties), including many hides, and displays of old agricultural equipment. It is run by the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust. LinkExternal link
The Twist, College Lake, near Tring
Half way along the Eastern road round the reserve there is a turning towards the Lake. Go down the slope and you get to a flat area with a number of paths leading off it.
Turn left and you get to the head of the northern track to the Octagon hide (flooded in 2014).
To the right there is a gated path which goes past the Woodell Hide.
Also to the right there is a track (closed to the public) which leads down to Juniper Valley and the Millennium Orchard.
The Twist is the path by the wooden seat that zigzags its way down the cliff in front of you and now comes to a dead end.
In 1986, when the reserve was being planned the route via Juniper Valley lead to several bird hides overlooking a couple of island. Unfortunately the water rose far higher than was anticipated, covering the islands and the sites of the hides and closing off the bottom of Juniper Valley.
The Twist was constructed to provide an alternative way down the quarry face to connect with a lower level track which itself became flooded and it now ends at the water's edge.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 5 March, 2013   (more nearby)
Sunday, 31 August, 2014
Geographical Context
Geological interest  Sport, Leisure  Quarrying, Mining  Lakes, Wetland, Bog  Educational sites 
Primary Subject of Photo
Nature Reserve 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 9329 1443 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:49.2431N 0:38.8742W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 9289 1431
View Direction
East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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Nature Reserve  Flooded Quarry  Disused Quarry  Chilterns 

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