Last Alteration: Sunday 07 April 2013

Springwell Lake

GPS Coordinates

51°37'26"-00°29'48" show decimal

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Location Point

AA Road Atlas

Page 17, N11

Springwell Lake
Springwell Lane, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire

Springwell Lake is part of the Rickmansworth Lakes in the Colne Valley Park; the area is managed by Three Valleys Water authority, and the lake used to be known as Springwell Reservoir at the time of filming.

How to get here:

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Road: M25 - Exit junction 17 (Maple Cross) and head east on the A412 to the next roundabout. Turn left towards Rickmansworth, and Springwell Lane will be on the right, just past the pumping station. You can then park in the car park by Springwell Lock. Follow the path along the canal south past a bridge, then cross onto that road through the gap in the hedge, and follow it left. The area of lake used in the story is on the right, near an angler's area. +

 

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Photograph taken: 10th July 2006 by Chuck Foster

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The Three Doctors (1)
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Filmed: 7 Nov 1972
Professor Tyler drives to the nature reserve.

 

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Photograph taken: 10th July 2006 by Chuck Foster

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The Three Doctors (1)
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Filmed: 7 Nov 1972
Ollis watches as Tyler arrives at the reserve.

 

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Photograph taken: 10th July 2006 by Chuck Foster

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The Three Doctors (1)
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Filmed: 7 Nov 1972
Ollis watches as Tyler arrives at the reserve.

 

Additional Notes:

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The first two shots show the same point where the bridge leads onto the lakeside road, one from the road itself and the other from the bank - the lifebuoy helps pinpoint the spot amidst overgrown paths. These are two separate scenes, the first before Tyler arrives at the Ollis cottage, and the second when he pulls up where Ollis is!

 

Access: publicStatus: partialLakeside

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«prev photo next photo»Photograph taken: 4th February 2007 by Peter Faizey

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The Three Doctors (1)
Screen Shot
Filmed: 7 Nov 1972
View of the bankside where Tyler's balloon has landed.

 

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Photograph taken: 10th July 2006 by Chuck Foster

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The Three Doctors (1)
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Filmed: 7 Nov 1972
Ollis checks out the box.

The Three Doctors (4)
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Filmed: 7 Nov 1972
Ollis arrives back at the reserve.

 

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Photograph taken: 10th July 2006 by Chuck Foster

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The Three Doctors (1)
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Filmed: 7 Nov 1972
Tyler pulls up nearby.

 

Additional Notes:

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The tree Ollis stood beside on the bank has been removed, leaving just the stump!

Where to walk to next?

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Springwell Lock (The Three Doctors). Follow the path back to the road, and turn left. Pass through the gap on the right onto the canal. The lock is to the left. (600 yards, 2m)

Additional locations as the crow flies:

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Springwell Quarry (The Three Doctors, Earthshock, The Twin Dilemma, Delta and the Bannermen): 0.24 miles.

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Shire Lane Quarry (The Savages): 1.46 miles.

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Black Jack's Mill (Silver Nemesis): 1.52 miles.

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Denham Manor (The Five Doctors, The Three Doctors): 2.17 miles.

General Details:

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At the time of adding this location, the exact spot where filming took place hadn't been determined, courtesy of thirty-odd years of vegetation growth!

Related Stories

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The Three Doctors [7 Nov 1972]: The nature reserve.

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