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Aldenham Country Park

Aldenham Road, Elstree, Hertfordshire, WD6 3BA

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Introduction

  • Comments View
    • Please check the website for changes in opening times for specific activities. .
    • The car park entrance closes at dusk.
    • The exit barrier is open until 21.00, so you can stay longer in the general park if you wish.
    • Visitors should ensure they remember the exact change for the exit barrier if leaving later than 17.00, or have purchased a token to exit.
    • Dogs are very welcome in the farm and the park. We ask that they remain on the lead at all times and are kept under control in order to reduce stress for our animals.

COVID-19 Information

Opening Hours

Location

  • The venue is in a pedestrian area.
  • There is not a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Elstree and Borehamwood.
  • The nearest underground station is Stanmore.
  • Comments View
    • The nearest bus stop is by the Fisheries Inn on Elstree Road.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is not free for all users.
    • Parking is not free for Blue Badge holders.
    • Parking for all visitors including Blue Badge Holders is charged at £4.50 a day.
      You can pay with cash or purchase a token from the farm shop.
      Payment is taken as you leave the park.
    • The car park is located in the middle of the park.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • There is/are 8 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the Blue Badge parking bay(s) are 350cm x 450cm (11ft 6in x 14ft 9in).
    • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 28m (30yd 1ft) from the lower farm entrance.
    • The furthest Blue Badge bay is 40m (43yd 2ft) from the lower farm entrance.
    • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.
    • Assistance may be required because there is/are uneven surfaces.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • There is not a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • Drop-off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.

Access Point (Car Park)

  • Access Point View
    • This information is for the access point located on Aldenham Road.
    • There is an information board/map at this access point.
    • There is step-free access at this access point.
    • There is no gate at this access point.

Outside Access (Ticket Office Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the farm.
    • There is ramped/sloped or stepped access at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The door(s) is/are easy to open.
    • The width of the door opening is 140cm.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located to the left as you face the entrance.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is slight.
    • The ramp/slope is permanent.
    • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
    • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the ramp.
    • The width of the ramp/slope is 120cm (3ft 11in).
    • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).
  • Step(s) View
    • The step(s) is/are located on the right as you face the entrance.
    • There is/are 2 step(s).
    • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are between 15cm and 18cm.
    • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the step(s).

Reception (Ticket Office)

  • The desk/counter is 5m (5yd 1ft) from the ticket office entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The desk/counter is low (76cm or lower).
  • The lighting levels are good.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Eating and Drinking (Clock House Kiosk)

  • The following information is for the café.
  • The café is located at the end of the car park.
  • Full table service is not available.
  • Food or drinks are ordered from the service counter.
  • Food or drinks can be brought to the table.
  • There is not a lowered section at the counter.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • All chairs are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is approximately 4m (4yd 1ft) from the cafe.
  • The standard height for tables is 76cm.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Plastic / takeaway cups are available.
  • Plastic / takeaway cutlery is available.
  • Drinking straws are available.
  • Menus are wall only.
  • Menus are not available in Braille.
  • Menus are not available in large print.
  • Picture menus are not available.
  • Menus are clearly written.
  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
  • The type of food served here is hot and cold meals and snacks.

Lower and Upper Farm

  • The pathways around the lower and upper farms are concrete.
  • The width of the pathways vary from 150cm -290cm and are uneven in places.
  • The farm is a working farm and runs educational workshops on the farm, park and woodlands.
  • The larger animals are kept are the upper farm.
  • There are several handwashing facilities located around the farm.

Farmers Play Barn

  • The play barn is located between the lower and upper farms.
  • The door to the play barn is 75cm wide, light and is held open most of the time.
  • There is a shallow step in the doorway.
  • There is a ramp at the entrance to overcome the step.
  • The width of the ramp is 80cm.
  • There are several seating areas within the play barn.
  • This is also a soft play area for children under the age of 6 years.
  • There is a bouncy castle.

Lakeside Trails

  • The lakeside trail is approximately 2km.
  • The pathways are made of compact earth and wood chippings. These can be very muddy depending on the weather.
  • You can wander through the woods and along the edge of the lake.
  • Ducks, Canada geese, swans, dragonflies and other animals and widlife may be viewed along this trail.
  • Wild camping is available under the Mighty Oak located in The Avenues.

Four Oak Field Trail

  • The nature trail is approximately 0.6km long.
  • Pathways and trails are made of compact earth and wood chippings, which can be very muddy depending on the weather.

100 Aker Woods

  • Pathways and trails are made of compact earth and wood chippings and can be very muddy depending on the weather.
  • There is a picnic area and several benches available.
  • There is bridge where you can play pooh sticks or you can try out the miniature orienteering course.
  • There are other activities available including tree climbing, monkey nets, camp building and bug hunting.

Outdoor Play Areas

  • There is a range of outdoor play facilities available which are suitable for children of various ages.
  • Picnic areas are available so you can relax while still keeping an eye on the children playing.

Outside Access (Rustic Rhubarb Café)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located on the left of the multi-sensory play building.
    • There is ramped/sloped or stepped access at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The door(s) may be difficult to open.
    • The width of the door opening is 125cm.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located to the right as you face the entrance.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is slight.
    • The ramp/slope is permanent.
    • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
    • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the ramp.
    • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).
  • Step(s) View
    • The step(s) is/are located in front of the entrance.
    • There is/are 1 step(s).
    • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are not between 15cm and 18cm.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are 12cm.
    • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the step(s).

Eating and Drinking (Rustic Rhubarb Café)

  • The following information is for the café.
  • The café is located to the left side of the multi-sensory play building.
  • Full table service is not available.
  • Food or drinks are ordered from the service counter.
  • Food or drinks can be brought to the table.
  • There is not a lowered section at the counter.
  • Some tables are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is approximately 3m (3yd 10in) from the café entrance.
  • The standard height for tables is 74cm.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Plastic / takeaway cups are available.
  • Plastic / takeaway cutlery is available.
  • Drinking straws are available.
  • Menus are hand held and wall.
  • Menus are not available in Braille.
  • Menus are not available in large print.
  • Picture menus are not available.
  • Menus are clearly written.
  • Menus are not presented in contrasting colours.
  • The type of food served here is hot and cold meals and snacks.
  • Comments View
    • Outside seating is available, with some tables under a tent style cover.
    • The outside seating area is beside the café entrance.

Outside Access (Car Park Toilet Block - Accessible and Male Toilets)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located to the right of the car park as you enter.
    • There is step-free access at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is/are single width.
    • The door(s) may be difficult to open.
    • The width of the door opening is 73cm.
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is/are single width.
    • The door(s) may be difficult to open.
    • The width of the door opening is 75cm.
  • Comments View
    • The pathway from the car park to the toilet block is uneven in places.
    • Once you have entered the first door, the accessible toilet cubical door is ahead, and the male standard toilets door is to the right.

Accessible Toilet (Car Park Toilet Block)

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • There is pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 2m (2yd 7in) from the entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located in the toilet block on the right hand side of the car park.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 75cm (2ft 6in).
    • The door is easy to open.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 145cm x 173cm (4ft 9in x 5ft 8in).
    • There is not sufficient turning space in the cubicle for a wheelchair user.
    • There is not a lateral transfer space.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is not an emergency alarm.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are sanitary and general domestic waste disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available for the toilet.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • There is a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • The shelf has the minimum dimensions of 12.5cm x 40cm.
    • The shelf is at a height of 46cm.
    • The shelf is not located where it is reachable.
    • There is a mirror.
    • Mirrors are not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 50cm (1ft 8in).
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is poor.
    • The lighting levels are good.

Standard Toilet(s) (Car Park - Male)

Outside Access (Car Park Toilet Block - Female and Baby Change)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located on the right hand side of the car park as you enter.
    • There is step-free access at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is/are single width.
    • The door(s) may be difficult to open.
    • The width of the door opening is 73cm.
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is/are single width.
    • The door(s) may be difficult to open.
    • The width of the door opening is 72cm.
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Comments View
    • On the approach from the car park to the toilet block the ground surfaces are uneven in places and consist of some tarmac and some pebbles-dash areas.

Standard Toilet(s) (Car Park - Female)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets View
    • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Female Toilet(s) View
    • The female toilet facilities that were surveyed are located to the left hand side of the car park toilet block.
    • The female toilet(s) is/are approximately 30m (32yd 2ft) from the car park.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female toilet(s).
    • Lighting levels in the female toilets are good.
  • Baby Change Facilities View
    • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
    • Baby change facilities are located on the female side of the car park toilet block.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • Comments View
    • There is a sink and hand dryer in baby change cubical.

Additional Info

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Documents are not available in Braille.
  • Documents can be requested in large print.
  • A bowl of water can be provided for an assistance dog.
  • An assistance dog toilet area can be provided onsite.
  • The assistance dog toilet area is located within the woodland area.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not normally on duty.