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This beautiful setting is a great spot for outdoor activities. Enjoy a gentle lakeside stroll, jump onto the Go Ape highropes, or perhaps use the running trails or family cycling trail to explore further into the forest.
Our running trails at Mallards Pike provide a chance to escape stuffy gyms and get out into the fresh air. We have 2km, 3km, 5km and 10km routes, offering you the opportunity to get fit in stunning natural surroundings. There is also parkrun every Saturday morning.
Try our fun, family map reading challenge at Mallards Pike with our Gruffalo Orienteering course. Use a simple map to find twelve Gruffalo markers hidden in the deep, dark wood. If you're feeling competitive, choose to run, walk (or skip!) the course against the clock.
Mallards Pike Lake is the perfect place for an adventure on the water! The lower lake can be booked by groups for canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding or raft building activities. Pre-booking for this is essential, anybody entering the water must have permission from Forestry England. During the summer, we have various activities taking place on the water. Check out our website for more details.
If you're looking for a more peaceful visit, then why not enjoy a lakeside walk followed by a visit to the cafe?
Mallards Pike is free to enter but parking charges apply. The money you pay for parking helps us to look after the forests.
Peak charges (1 April - 31 October)
• Early bird (exit before 10.30am) - £2.00
• After 5pm - £2.00
• Up to 2 hours - £3.00
• Up to 4 hours - £5.00
• All day - £7.00
• Minibuses/motorhomes - £10.00
• Coaches/minibuses with trailers - £12.00
Off peak charges (1 November - 31 March)
• Early bird (exit before 10.30am) - £1.00
• After 5pm - £1.00
• Up to 2 hours - £2.00
• Up to 4 hours - £4.00
• All day - £5.00
• Minibuses/motorhomes - £8.00
• Coaches/minibuses with trailers - £10.00
- Disabled access
- Disabled toilets
- On-site catering
- Picnic site
- Baby changing facilities
- Children welcome
- Parking with charge
- Dogs Accepted
- Public toilets
- School Trips
- Accepts groups
- Coach parties accepted
|Season (1 Jan 2023 - 31 Dec 2023)|
* Open every day except Christmas Day.
The site opens at 8:30am every day and the closing times are as follows:
• November to February - 5:00pm
• March - 6:30pm
• April - 8:00pm
• May to August - 9:00pm
• September - 7:30pm
• October - 6:30pm
Mallards Pike is often quieter on weekdays (outside of school holidays), earlier in the morning, and later in the afternoon.