This beautiful setting is a great spot for a picnic or a gentle lakeside walk. Admire the wildlife or jump onto the Go Ape high ropes course.
Most ponds in the forest were made to supply water wheels that powered the mills and iron forges of the Forests industrial past but these were made by the Forestry Commission for the community’s pleasure. The larger, lower pond is used for water sports, the upper pond is left undisturbed for wildlife.
Mallards Pike Lake provides a good range of trails with something for everybody, try the easy access lakeside path, the running trail or series of Ramblers' Routes. Part of the Pluckpenny Trail/Adidas Trail short cut is currently very muddy, please take extreme care whilst using this section.
Mallards Pike provides easy access to the Family Cycle Trail. Just follow the signs to the trail along the link path, passing the Go Ape cabin and Adidas trail start first.
Enjoy adventure high above the forest floor, taking on zip-wires, tarzan swings and a variety of obstacles! Mini-Tarzans can also get in on the action with Go Ape’s Tree Top Junior course (min age 4yrs and min height 1m). For more information and to book visit Go Ape.
Get off the beaten track on board an all-terrain forest segway – Go Ape’s epic forest adventure with a down-to-earth twist. It’s a totally unique way to tackle our trails. Min age 10yrs and min weight 7 Stone. For more information and to book visit Go Ape Forest Segway.
The lower lake can be booked by groups for canoe, kayak or raft building activities, please contact the Forestry Commission office for details. Individual boaters and swimming are not permitted.
A mobile catering unit is on site daily in the Gloucestershire school holidays from 10.30am - 4pm and every weekend throughout the year. Silvia Davis Refreshments serve hot food and drinks plus cold drinks, snacks and ice creams. Specials include Wild boar sausage or Venison sausage on a fresh long roll.
More about the name...
The name Mallards Pike does not refer to pike (fish) or to mallard although mallards and other ducks are seen here in winter.
This pike is a turnpike or toll road: the mallard comes from a Mr Maller who lived until the early 1950’s in a toll keepers cottage which was close to where you turned off the Parkend to Blakeney road. Maller’s Turnpike became Mallard’s Pike.
What do other visitors say?
Alison Devitt, 9/Jun/2015
I will be visiting Mallards Pike on 28th June but I am unable to walk very far. I would therefore like to hire a mobility scooter. Can you tell me where to pick them up from and the cost.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Forestry Commission Response
Sorry, we do not hire out mobility scooters at any of our sites in the Forest of Dean. The walk around Mallards Pike, however, is completely flat with plenty of benches to rest all the way around the lake.
5 StarsAnonymous, 6/Jun/2015
Beautiful place. Disgraceful comment about culling the wild boar - animals have just as much right to live and enjoy the forest as we have.
Forestry Commission Response
www.forestry.gov.uk/forestofdean/wildboar for more information on the boar
4 StarsMike Pallard, 26/May/2015
Beautiful place to visit, spoilt by the noise from the snack huts cheap generator. Five stars if generator silenced.