Visitor information

The perfect place to get active in the Forest of Dean

There is something for everyone at this beautiful lakeside setting.

Adrenaline seekers can challenge themselves at Go Ape Tree Top Challenge. For those with energy left to burn there is Forest Segway or a range of running trails from 2km to 10km routes.

There is also Gruffalo Orienteering for adventurous youngsters or you can even bring your bikes and access the wider forest on our Family Cycle Trail. If you're looking for a more peaceful visit then why not enjoy a lakeside walk followed by a visit to the cafe? 

Please note: Use of the lake is by booking only. Individual swimming and watersports are not permitted in any of the lakes and ponds in the Forest of Dean.

At a glance

The lakeside path is now open following emergency bridge repairs.
16/02/2024 09:00
Forest operations are taking place north of Mallards Pike. Diversions are in place on our running trails - please follow all signage.
24/10/2023 11:00

Food and drink

Exterior of Mallards Pike Cafe

Mallards Café

Featuring locally sourced produce and home-made cakes, it’s the perfect spot to meet friends or rest and recharge after a run, walk or forest adventure, and is dog-friendly too!

Try our fun, navigational challenge at Mallards Pike using a simple map to find twelve Gruffalo markers hidden in the deep, dark wood.

If you're feeling competitive, choose to run...

Whether you've just bought your first pair of trainers, or have 1000's of miles under foot, the trails at Mallards Pike offer opportunities for all runners. Lengths vary from 2km...

Mallards Pike is a great place to enjoy the great outdoors. There are miles of tracks to discover, or you can explore the woodland along one of our walking trails. Click the link...

The Colliers Trail is our family cycling trail - a fully waymarked, circular route, with connecting routes to villages and picnic sites. This route has been especially surfaced and...

Man running

Walking and running trails at Mallards Pike

Download a map of our trails to help you plan your visit.

Nearby forests

Cafe at Beechenhurst in the Forest of Dean

Beechenhurst lies in the heart of the Forest of Dean, one of Britain's oldest and largest woodlands.

It is the ideal place for families to start their forest adventure, with a...

A wooden boardwalk stretches over the water at Cannop Ponds. Blue sky with white fluffy clouds.

Cannop Ponds are two reservoirs within the Forest of Dean, originally created in 1820s to supply a waterwheel at Parkend Ironworks.

Today, they are used for fishing by the Yorkley...

View from Symonds Yat Rock in spring

Discover the ancient hill fort, spot birds of prey and enjoy a snack from the log cabin cafe.

There are waymarked trails linking to the River Wye and over the famous Biblins Bridge...

Family paddling in a brook

Wenchford is a beautiful spot nestled deep within the forest with plenty of picnic tables and an easy access path.

Blackpool Brook trickles through the site under the dappled shade...

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