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Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Facilities & access
Contact details

Opening hours

Open every day except Christmas Day.  The site opens at 8.00 every day and the closing times are as follows:

November to February - 5pm

March - 6:30pm

April - 8pm

May to August - 9pm

September - 7:30pm

October - 6:30pm

For a quieter forest experience, we recommend planning your visit for early morning (before 10am) or in the evening (after 4pm). The forest is usually less busy on week days.

How to find us

How to find us
Parkend, Gloucestershire
Sat Nav Postcode: GL15 4HD
By Car

You will find Mallards Pike half way along the road between Parkend and Blakeney. Please be aware of the road closure on New Road from the A48 at Blakeney to Wenchford and Mallards Pike will remain in place for some time. Please follow the diversion in place to get to sites. We recommend visiting from the Parkend direction.

By Public Transport

From Coleford - number 23 bus, change at Bream to number 727 bus (then a 20 minute walk)

From Lydney - number 717 bus (then a 20 minute walk)

From Cinderford - number 717 bus, change at Blakeney to number 727 bus.  

OS Grid Ref
SO637093

51.780938722642, -2.5289297828033

Parking and prices

Parking charges apply at Mallards Pike.

You can now use RingGo* at Mallards Pike which allows you to pay for parking online or via an app. Please download the Ringo App before travelling if you can.

If you’re not a smartphone user, you can still use RingGo to pay for your parking by calling 0203 046 0063. You can also register and book parking with RingGo online.

*There is a small convenience charge for using this service.  See RingGo online for full terms and conditions and VAT receipts.

Location Codes - 31037 (car), 31038 (minibus or motorhome), 31039 (coach)

Please note: Signal is poor at Mallards Pike, and so if you would like to pay by phone please do so before you arrive.

Card payments can also be made at the main ticket machine located near the toilet block.

Parking Charges

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Peak charges (1 April - 31 October)
Up to 2 hours £3.00
Up to 4 hours £5.00
All day £7.00
Early bird - exit before 10.30am £2.00
After 5pm £2.00
Off peak charges (1 November - 31 March)
Up to 2 hours £2.00
Up to 4 hours £4.00
All day £5.00
Early bird - exit before 10.30am £1.00
After 5pm £1.00

Coaches/Minibuses charges

Minibuses/motorhomes - peak £10.00, off peak £8.00

Coaches/minibuses with trailers - peak £12.00, off peak £10.00

Additional Information

Regular visitors can save money by becoming a Member - Find out more about our membership offer
Coaches/Minibuses welcomed
Disabled parking available
Pay by phone available

Facilities and access

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.

For more information on planning your visit, take a look at our accessibility information:

Accessible toilet
Assistant dogs welcome
Baby changing facilities
Cafe
Dogs allowed
Easy access trail
Picnic area
Toilets

Contact details

Explore Mallards Pike

This beautiful setting is a great place to get active. 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. There is also Gruffalo Orienteering for adventurous youngsters.  Those looking for a more peaceful visit can 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

  • 3 Walking trails
  • 2 Running trails
  • Go Ape Treetop Challenge
  • Forest Segway
  • Gruffalo Orienteering
  • Picnic area
  • Lakeside café
  • Dogs welcome
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