Our forests will remain open for outdoor recreation and exercise. For our coronavirus guidance please follow this link - view now
Please be aware of the road closure 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 - Keep up to date on our Facebook page
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 - 5:00pm

March - 6:30pm

April - 8:00pm

May to August - 9:00pm

September - 7:30pm

October - 6:30pm

Read our visitor information regarding coronavirus

How to find us

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

You will find Mallards Pike Lake half way along the road between Parkend and Blakeney.  

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 Lake.

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

Pay for parking on your phone in 5 easy steps:

1. Open the RingGo app, or download for free if you haven’t already got it, using the App Store (iPhone) or Google Play (Android).
2. Log in with your RingGo details, or register as a new user.
3. Select your location by entering the 3–6 digit number shown on the parking signs.
4. Enter your number plate and choose how long you’d like to park for. Remember, you can extend this later.
5. Choose to add any handy parking reminders you need, then just tap to pay.

And you’re good to go! Your details are saved so next time, you can park even faster.

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.

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

 

Please note: Signal is poor at Mallards Pike Lake, 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

The money you pay for parking helps us to look after the forests. Read how
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 - 30 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

Facilities and access

Visiting Mallards Pike Lake updated 2 November 2020 

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Most of our facilities are open but running a little differently.

Car parkOpen
ToiletsOpen with social distancing measures
Walking TrailsOpen
Running TrailsOpen
CaféOpen Friday - Sunday (takeaway only)
Go ApeClosed 5 November - 2 December
Forest SegwayClosed 5 November until 2021

When you  visit the nation’s forests, remember it is your responsibility to follow the new guidance on  staying safe outside your home. We are cleaning our car parking machines throughout the day but for your own safety please bring hand sanitiser with you to use after touching the machines.  

If you are uncomfortable with the idea of touching the car park payment machines, you may want to consider becoming a member. As well as supporting the forest you will receive a 12 month car park pass. Find out more.

For a quieter forest experience, we recommend planning your visit for early morning (before 10.00am) or in the evening (after 4.00pm). The forest is usually less busy on week days.

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 Lake

This beautiful setting is a great place to get active. Adrenaline seekers can challenge themselves at Go Ape Tree Tops 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.

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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 - closed 5 November to 2 December
  • Forest Segway - closed from 5 November until 2021
  • Gruffalo Orienteering
  • Picnic area
  • Lakeside café - takeaway only
  • Dogs welcome
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