Canal Fields in Berkhamsted is a park hidden between Waitrose and the trail line that has a playground, skate park and lots of green space to explore. It’s also right next to a river and the canal so there’s lots of ducks to see and boats to watch gently sail by.
Canal Fields Playground
The playground was the main reason that we visited Canal Fields. It’s a fairly large playground with various playframes for different ages. The equipment is all metal (which I always find ages really badly) and is in a gated area.
The biggest frames are brilliant for older kids, and quite challenging for them. Smallest Child decided to have a go and nearly got stuck, and stuck at about 7/8 feet up in the air!!! The boys weren’t with me when we visited, but they would have LOVED both of these frames!
Younger children also have two frames of their own. There’s one under a tree with a slide and a tunnel. The second one is quite similar, but has a network of tunnels and bridges built around a square as well as a slide.
Smallest Child had a really good time playing on these frames, even though they’re not particularly big. There was one big downside to the playground at Canal Fields, particularly the smaller kids equipment; it’s really dirty. Like very, very filthy. We visited not long after covid-19 restrictions had been lifted and you would have thought it might have had a bit of a hose down at some stage in the past 6 months? It was clear that this equipment hadn’t been cleaned in a very longtime, if ever. Several of the parents were commenting on the state of the equipment. It’s been a long time since I’ve visited a playground as dirty as this one was, which was a shame.
Back to the positives, there’s plenty of different pieces of equipment here. There’s a couple of rockers, including an elephant, swings, nest swing, spinning poles, a surfboard and roundabout.
Canal Fields skate park
On the opposite side of the car park is the skate park. There’s a little shelter for people to hang out in (I imagine that gets a lot of action of an evening!!) and what looks like quite a decent skate park. There’s various ramps and rails and some steps. It has less jumps than somewhere like Vale Park in Aylesbury, but it’s a much larger area.
As the name would imply, this park is right next to the canal. When we visited there were several boats moored along the canal-side and plenty of wildlife. The tow path is quite well maintained and there’s a nice little walk along the canal that goes past a couple of locks. Most importantly it also goes past a couple of pubs! You can see the full route here. A slight detour will take you to the lovely Berkhamsted Castle which is free to visit.
What else is on-site
At Canal Fields there’s a Millenium garden, picnic area, a short toddler play trail near the skate park and an outdoors gym. The park is also home to a bowls club and a tennis club.
Just across the canal is Waitrose and the town centre if you want to get some lunch. It’s also worth mentioning that there’s a Treasure Map Trails for Berkhamstead so there’s plenty of things you can do to make it into a full, cheap day out.
Our Canal Fields Playground Review
It’s a good sized playground and the equipment is good, particularly for the older kids. Canal Fields is a good starting point for to explore the local area. It’s such a shame it was so grubby though. I expect the kids to come home covered in mud etc, but not the generic grime she had all over her trousers and coat. Given how lovely Berkhamsted is as a town, I’d expected better of the playground.
Free to visit
Parking / How to get there
Address – Canal Fields, Broadwater, Berkhamsted, Hertforshire HP4 2AL
Free car parking on site for up to 4 hours
None on site. The nearest public toilets are at Water Lane Car Park (behind Tesco) on the
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