Ridlins Park

This 21 acre parkland lies in the south west of the Shephall area between Woodcock Road, Gresley Way and Shephall Way.

The Athletics facility is of County and Regional standard and the full range of athletics events are provided for.

The site has:

  • Football pitches
  • Two 7-a-side football pitches 
  • Athletics Stadium available for booking
  • Play area suitable for juniors
  • Pavilion with changing facilities and showers and hall available for booking.

Athletics Stadium

The current synthetic track, replacing the original cinder track, was opened in 1996 with funding from the Lottery Sports Fund. 

The new Athletics Stadium was opened in 2005, the stand is dedicated to the memory of Bert Hills. Associated with Stevenage Athletics Club, later Stevenage and North Herts Athletics Club, from 1967 onwards Bert managed and coached teams of athletes young and old. He sat on the clubs committee and served as club President, his great dream was to establish an all weather track and he worked closely with the Borough Council in its successful bid for funding, sadly Bert passed away before the track was opened for competition.

Play area

The play area, located to the far west of the park, can be accessed via Ridlins End (adjacent to the garages) or through the park.

The play area has a limited range of equipment for juniors.

Play areas are inspected daily, litter bins are emptied and litter or broken glass removed.

Play equipment is inspected once a week to ensure that it is safe for continued use.

See the link on the right for more information about children's play areas.

If you find any problems while visiting the park please let us know.

Ridlins Wood

This 7 hectare wood is situated on Shephall Way between Shephall and the Poplars.

Ridlins wood, as much of the towns other woodlands, is an ancient woodland site. This is defined as an area of land which has been continuously wooded since at least 1600AD. This type of woodland, which is now very rare, provides a habitat which, due to the undisturbed nature of the soil, can never again be reproduced. It is home to species of plant and animal which cannot easily adapt to changing conditions.  Probably the best loved and well known of which is the bluebell, Hyacinthoides non-scripta, whose spectacular spring display often gives such woodlands the local name of the ‘Bluebell woods’.

Ridlins wood is divided up into several compartments, entering from Shephall way you will find yourself amongst old, large, hornbeam and ash coppice with Oak standards. This area has not been managed since before the 2nd world war so the individual stems of the coppice are at least 80 years of age while the coppice stools themselves are probably several hundred years old. Walking through the wood on your left, alongside Ridlins park, you will see rows of mixed conifer trees consisting of Larch, Pine and Spruce which, together with some similar sized Oaks and Ash are reputed to have been planted by Italian prisoners of war during the 2nd world war. Further on, on your right, you will enter an area consisting of mainly broadleaved trees of a variety of species established in the early 1980’s and now being managed for the benefit of local wildlife as well as a recreational amenity for local residents.

Getting to the park

By Car
The park can be accessed from Woodcock Road, off Gresley Way. The car park is at the main entrance and has disabled parking.

On foot
Pedestrians can access the park from various points around the edge of the park; Ridlins End, Gonville Crescent, Gresley Way, Kestral Close and Ridlins Wood.

Cycle Access
A shared use cycle track and footpath runs adjacent to the eastern and southern boundaries of the park.

Public Transport
Residential areas bordering the park and Gresley Way benefit from a bus service providing excellent access to those who rely on public transport.


Recreation Grounds Byelaws

Children’s Play Spaces Byelaws

Poop scoop byelaws


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Related pages

Children's Play Areas

Park address

Ridlins Park
Woodcock Road

Contact details

Grounds Maintenance
Stevenage Borough Council
Daneshill House

01438 242323
(Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm)